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Michael D. Hausfeld
1700 K Street, NW Suite 650
Washington, DC 20006
Throughout his career, Michael D. Hausfeld has been driven by the belief that there must be greater private civil enforcement of competition and other civil laws in Europe and around the world and there must be effective collective mechanisms of redress for corporate and individual victims of illegal activity. To execute this vision, Mr. Hausfeld launched Hausfeld LLP in the United States and Hausfeld & Co. LLP in Europe, which together create a global claimants firm dedicated to handling large and complex litigation matters in order to ensure that its business and individual clients in Europe and around the world are afforded the same access to justice available to claimants in the United States.
Mr. Hausfeld’s pioneering career has included leading some of the largest and most successful cases in the fields of competition, corporate fraud, discrimination, and human rights. In the field of competition law, Mr. Hausfeld is regarded as a “titan” and he currently represents clients located across the globe who are pursuing recoveries for competition violations in the United States, Europe and around the world. In addition, Mr. Hausfeld is a frequent lecturer and writer on global competition and collective redress issues. Notably, in 2008, Hausfeld helped to achieve a first-of-its-kind $200 million transatlantic settlement for victims of price fixing of fuel surcharges imposed by BA and Virgin Atlantic.
He currently represents purchasers – big, medium, and small – of paraffin wax, air freight services, methionine, car glass, and marine hose who are seeking to recover losses in the UK as a result of price-fixing cartels. His work in the marine hose matter led to a landmark private global settlement agreement with cartelist Parker ITR. In addition, he has represented individuals and groups in litigation involving monopolization, tie-ins, exclusive dealings and price-fixing. He was a member of the ABA Antitrust Section’s Transition Taskforce, which advised the 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.
Mr. Hausfeld also has an abiding interest in social reform cases. 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 was also 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.
Mr. Hausfeld has been featured in many articles and surveys. 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 U.S.’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 United States’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.”