Hausfeld

District of Columbia

Review

Dispute resolution

Hausfeld has emerged as a plaintiff-side firm to be reckoned with in several categories. However, unlike many other firms of its ilk, the firm has not opted for taking the “boutique” route and has instead expanded domestically and globally with 120 litigators practicing in 12 offices throughout the US and Europe. Primarily in the antitrust capacity, Hausfeld is an undisputed trailblazer, identified as a ubiquitous presence by peers on both the plaintiff and defense sides of the “V.” One major defense peer confirms, “Hausfeld is who we almost always see on the plaintiff side if there is antitrust class-action. Even it’s not exclusively them, they are always somewhere in the mix.” Another frequent opponent notes, “They have a wide scope regarding antitrust actions, and they are also huge in sports! I do a great deal of this work, and it’s nearly always against Hausfeld, at least in the biggest and best cases.” Over the past several years alone, the firm has landed national headlines for its dogged pursuit of antitrust and sports claims.
     Few would contest that the firm’s legacy is credited to firm founder and visionary Michael Hausfeld, the name partner who entrepreneurially built his firm into a zealous plaintiff empire. Hausfeld made news in 2019 as one of the key plaintiffs behind a class-action matter against several railroad entities, claiming that from 2003 to 2008 these entities conspired to increase revenue by imposing a fuel surcharge. While the DC office, where Hausfeld is based, has long been viewed as the firm’s center of gravity, several California-based partners are tipping the scales to a more balanced footprint. Megan Jones in the San Francisco office has been identified by several peers as “a leader at Hausfeld now,” and Bonny Sweeney, also based In San Francisco, is a recipient of accolades. In addition to antitrust, Sweeney attends to niche practices in sports and entertainment law as well as consumer protection and pro bono matters.