Kurt Altman is the state director of Arizona and New Mexico for Right On Crime, the criminal justice reform initiative of the Foundation. He has nearly 24 years of criminal law and constitutional litigation experience. As a former deputy Maricopa County attorney and assistant United States attorney, Altman has conducted hundreds of felony jury trials and led investigations of criminal conduct, ranging from homicide and capital cases to complex white-collar matters.

Formerly, as a member of the Department of Justice, Altman earned the Director’s Award, the highest honor bestowed upon Department of Justice lawyers, and has twice received the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Award for his tireless efforts on behalf of FBI-conducted investigations. Since 2008 he has operated his own practice defending the accused in criminal matters of all varieties, also ranging from homicide to white collar.

Altman also specializes in internal and government investigations. He represented the Goldwater Institute as their director of national affairs and general counsel. During his tenure at Goldwater, Altman became heavily involved in public policy and spearheaded national policy efforts as their chief national lobbyist.

Altman is the principal of Altman Law and Public Affairs. He received his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.