Mr. Hancock has a long background in federal and state law enforcement prior to entering private practice. He served in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for more than twenty years. He is experienced in all areas of civil rights litigation, and is best known for his work in the fields of voting, housing, disability rights, and lending and credit. While at DOJ, Mr. Hancock directed the Voting Rights Act litigation program and enforcement of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. He also served as the DOJ’s Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the highest career position in the Division. He received many awards from the Department, as well as from outside organizations for his law enforcement efforts, including special recognition from Attorney General Janet Reno for his development of the Department's fair lending enforcement program. After leaving DOJ, Mr. Hancock served in state law enforcement in the Office of the Florida Attorney General. Mr. Hancock was the Deputy Attorney General for South Florida, and managed the Attorney General's legal programs in the southern portion of the state (including multi-state consumer protection matters), and personally litigating cases of major significance statewide. He briefed and argued Gore v. Bush before the Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. He also defended the state in private class action and governmental pattern or practice litigation.