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Michael D. Hausfeld
Michael D. Hausfeld, one of the country's top civil litigators, is the Chairman of Hausfeld LLP.
His career has included some of the largest and most successful class actions in the fields of human rights, discrimination and antitrust law. He has an abiding interest in social reform cases and was among the first lawyers in the U.S. to assert that sexual harassment was a form of discrimination prohibited by Title VII; he successfully tried the first case establishing that principle. He represented Native Alaskans whose lives were affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. Later, he negotiated a then-historic $176 million settlement from Texaco, Inc. in a racial-bias discrimination case.
In Friedman v. Union Bank of Switzerland, Mr. Hausfeld represented a class of Holocaust victims whose assets were wrongfully retained by private Swiss banks during and after World War II. The case raised novel issues of international banking law and international human rights law. In a separate case, he also successfully represented the Republic of Poland, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Ukraine and the Russian Federation on issues of slave and forced labor for both Jewish and non-Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. He currently represents Khulumani and other NGOs in a litigation involving the abuses under apartheid law in South Africa.
Mr. Hausfeld has a long record of successful litigation in the antitrust field, on behalf of individuals and classes, in cases involving monopolization, tie-ins, exclusive dealings and price fixing. He was a member of the ABA Antitrust Section’s Transition Taskforce, which advised the incoming Obama Administration. Mr. Hausfeld is or has been co-lead counsel in antitrust cases against manufacturers of genetically engineered foods, managed healthcare companies, bulk vitamin manufacturers, technology companies and international industrial cartels. He is involved in ongoing investigations of antitrust cases abroad and pioneering efforts to enforce competition laws globally. He was the only private lawyer permitted to attend and represent the interests of consumers worldwide in the 2003 closed hearings by the EU Commission in the Microsoft case.
Mr. Hausfeld has been featured in many articles and surveys. The National Law Journal has recognized him as one of the “Top 100 Influential Lawyers in America” and the Legal Times named Mr. Hausfeld among the top 30 “Visionaries” in the Washington legal community in 2008. The New York Times referred to Mr. Hausfeld as one of the nation's “most prominent antitrust lawyers,” and in 2009 the Washingtonian named him one of thirty “Stars of the Bar.” Most recently, the Global Competition Review stated that Hausfeld LLP “is clearly recognized as one of the best plaintiffs firms in the country.” In the past, the magazine has reported that he “consistently brings in the biggest judgments in the history of law” and that he is “a Washington lawyer determined to change the world -- and succeeding.” Mr. Hausfeld is one of thirty negotiators profiled in Done Deal: Insights from Interviews with the World's Best Negotiators, by Michael Benoliel, Ed.D. He has been described by one of the country's leading civil rights columnists as an “extremely penetrating lawyer” and by a colleague (in a Washington Post article) as a lawyer who “has a very inventive mind when it comes to litigation. He thinks of things most lawyers don't because they have originality pounded out of them in law school.” The US Legal 500 in 2008 stated, “The outstanding Mike Hausfeld is a titan of the antitrust bar.”
Brooklyn College, B.A., cum laude, 1966
National Law Center, George Washington University, J.D., with honors, 1969; member, board of editors, George Washington Law Review (1968-1969); member, Order of the Coif
District of Columbia
Affiliations & Honors
Washington, DC Super Lawyer, 2010, 2011, and 2012
American Friends of Hebrew University, Torch Of Learning Award, October 2012
Named by The Legal 500 as a "Leading Lawyer", 2011 and 2012
Co-Chair - ABA Civil Redress Task Force, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 term years
Member, Editorial Board - Global Competition Litigation Review, 2011
Member - ABA International Cartel Task Force, 2010
Named by The Ethisphere Institute in a short list of “attorneys who matter” in the field of corporate compliance, 2009
Cited in 2009 Chambers USA, in the Products Liability category
Named to SmartCEO Magazine Legal Elite 2009 List
Named by Legal Times among 30 "Visionaries" in the Washington legal community, 2008
Named by Legal Times Fierce Sister Award, for work on the Japanese Comfort Women case, 2007
Cited by GQ magazine as one of “the 50 Most Powerful People in DC,” 2007
Named in The Lawyer’s 2007 “International World-shakers” list of 40 international lawyers “making waves” in the UK
100 Most Influential Lawyers, The National Law Journal, 2006
Named repeatedly by Lawdragon magazine as one of the 500 leading lawyers in the United States
U.S. Department of Energy Human Spirit Award, presented “in tribute to a person who understands the obligation to seek truth and act on it is not the burden of some, but of all; it is universal.”
Plaintiffs Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
B’Nai Brith Humanitarian of the Year Award, 2002
Simon Wiesenthal Center Award for Distinguished Service
Adjunct Professor, George Washington University Law School, 1996-1998
Taught in Georgetown University Law Center, 1980-1987
In the News
"Gangster Bankers - Too Big to Jail," Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone Magazine, February 2013
"UBS Mea Culpa May Give Libor Antitrust Plaintiffs Upper Hand," Max Stendahl, Law360, December 2012
"DOJ Hearalds 'Robust' UBS Deal; Gibson Dunn on Defense," Mike Scarcella, The AmLaw Litigation Daily, December 2012
"Documents May Boost Civil Suits - Revelations That Rate-Rigging Succeeded Could Prove Expensive to Banks Facing Litigation, ", Dana Cimilluca and Jean Eaglesham, Wall Street Journal, December 2012
"Banks Facing New Wave of Mortgage Lawsuits," Forrest Jones, Moneynews, December 2012
"The Great Gamble," Global Competition Review, March 2012
"The US Plaintffs' Bar," Global Competition Review, March 2012
"The Business of American Courts in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum." By Michael Hausfeld and Kristen Ward. Jurist - Sidebar, October 2012.
"Prosecuting Class Actions and Group Litigation." By Michael Hausfeld and Brian Ratner, et al., World Class Actions, Ch. 26., September 2012
"Private Enforcement of Antitrust Law in the United States, A Handbook - Chapter 4: Initiation of a Private Claim." By Michael Hausfeld and Brent Landau, et al., 2012
"The Importance of Private Competition Enforcement in Europe." Michael D. Hausfeld and Swathi Bojedla. Hackney Publications: Concussion Litigation Reporter, Vol. 1, No. 1, July 2012
"CAT-astrophe: The Failure of "Follow-On" Actions." Michael D. Hausfeld, Brent W. Landau, Sathya S. Gosselin. American Bar Association's International Cartel Workshop, February 2012
"The Novelty of Wal-Mart v. Dukes." Brian A. Ratner and Sathya S. Gosselin. Business Torts & RICO News,American Bar Assocation, Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee, Vol. 8, Issue 1, Fall 2011.
"Private Enforcement in Competition Law: An Overview of Developments in Law and Practice in the US and Europe." Michael D. Hausfeld and Ingrid Gubbay, Bergamo University, July 2011
"The Contingency Phobia - Fear Without Foundation," Global Competition Litigation Review, Issue 1, January 2011
"Initiation of a Private Claim," International Handbook on Private Enforcement, 2010
“Competition Law Claims – A Developing Story.” The European Antitrust Review 2010.
“The United States Heightens Plaintiff’s Burden of Proof on Class Certification: A Response.” Global Competition Litigation Review, Volume 2 Issue 4/2009.
“Global Enforcement of Anticompetitive Conduct.” The Sedona Conference Journal, Fall 2009.
“Observations from the Field: ACPERA’s First Five Years.” The Sedona Conference Journal, Fall 2009.
“Twombly, Iqbal and the Prisoner’s Pleading Dilemma.” Law360, October 22, 2009.
“The Value of ACPERA.” Law360, June 2, 2009.
“Managing Multi-district Litigation.” The Antitrust Review of the Americas 2008.
“A Victim’s Culture.” European Business Law Review, 2007.
Panelist – Global Competition Review’s GCR Live: 2nd Annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum, "Developments and Status of International Cartel Settlements," February 2013
Panelist and Presenter – Golden State Antitrust Conference, “Sports and The Antitrust Playing Field”, October 2012
Presenter – ABA Antitrust Section Mid-Winter Meeting: Civil Redress Task Force, January 2012
Panelist – Tilburg University, The Netherlands, “Paths to Mass Justice,” December 2011
Panelist – Santa Clara University Second Annual Sports Law Symposium, Images Panel, September 2011
Panelist – New York State Bar Association 2011 Antitrust Law Section Symposium, “International Cartel Enforcement in the Digital Age: Collection and Use of Evidence Beyond Borders,” January 2011
Speaker – Global Competition Review’s Antitrust Leaders’ Law Forum, “Practical Issues for Class Certification, Assigning Liability and Assessing Damages,” February 2011
Panelist – ABA International Cartels Workshop, Paris, February 2010
Moderator – Global Justice Forum, San Francisco, October 2009
Speaker – ALI-ABA Teleconference Seminar, “HP Aftermath: New Restrictive Directives in Class Certification,” April 2009
Speaker – ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting, Washington DC, “Judging Economic Analysis: Evidentiary Standards in Litigation Here and Abroad,” March 2009
Speaker – George Washington University Private Enforcement of Competition Law: New Directions, “Need for Private Enforcement,” February 2009