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Sandra Hauser

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Lead attorney for companies in the financial services, insurance, health care and technology sectors who face class action lawsuits and other complex commercial litigations across a wide range of substantive areas including securities, consumer fraud and deceptive business practices, antitrust, professional liability and contract-based claims.


National Center for Law and Economic Justice (1991-1996). Joined Dentons’ predecessor (1996), made partner (April, 2000), appointed head of Litigation and Arbitration in New York (2012). Author, presenter, recipient of numerous awards for pro bono service. Serves on firm committees for US Policy and Planning; Legal Development; Global and US Pro Bono.


•Secretary, Board of Directors, National Center for Law and Economic Justice • NYCBA; ABA; NYSBA


Harvard Law School, 1991, JD, magna cum laude University of Michigan, 1988, AB, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, James B. Angell Scholar, Regents Scholar

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Kansas City-based Stephen Hill Jr serves as chair of Dentons’ white-collar and government investigations practice group, which has particular strength in cross-border matters. Washington DC’s Treazure Johnson represented the former sector president of a defense contractor in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations into allegations of revenue manipulation, which were resolved with declinations. Johnson also successfully represented the National Securities Exchange in connection with an SEC investigation into alleged ‘spoofing’. Chicago’s Stephen Senderowitz, Rachel Cannon and New York’s Sandra Hauser are representing 3Red Trading in a ‘spoofing’ case before the CFTC as well as in 20 related class actions. Washington DC’s Maxwell Carr-Howard is recommended for high-profile FCPA matters.

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General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Dentons’ extensive office network sees it litigating in various states across the country, while its cross-border capabilities allow it to handle commercial litigation with international elements. It achieved a significant victory for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe in a case before the District Court for the District of Columbia concerning the Department of the Interior’s ability to take land into trust for a tribe that was federally recognized after 1934; litigator Kenneth Pfaehler worked alongside Native American law expert Heather Sibbison. In ongoing matters, Chicago-based Natalie Spears and New York-based Sandra Hauser are representing Condé Nast in a consumer privacy class action filed in the Southern District of New York. Tami Lyn Azorsky heads the team. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

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Securities litigation: defense

Within: Leading lawyers

Sandra Hauser - Dentons

Within: Securities litigation: defense

Dentons has ‘a track record of extraordinary successes for its clients’ and climbs the ranking. The firm has carved out a niche representing financial services and insurance companies in securities litigation. Sandra Hauser in New York had a stellar 2017, which included winning the dismissal of a five class actions for Metropolitan Life Insurance, which plaintiffs alleged has misrepresented its financial status and strength through the use of captive reinsurance transactions. Hauser and Reid Ashinoff acted for Genworth Financial in a stockdrop class action that alleged it made materially false statements about the planned partial IPO of its Australian mortgage insurance subsidiary and that it concealed allegedly negative financial and adverse claims developments from investors. In Chicago, Stephen Senderowitz leads on regulatory enforcement matters and with Hauser is now defending Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in a high-profile class action filed in New York, Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado et al v Bank of Montreal et al, which alleges manipulation of the Canadian Dealer Offered Rate.

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United States: Industry focus

Insurance: advice to insurers

Within: Insurance: advice to insurers

Dentons’ ‘responsive, pro-active, creative and extremely knowledgeable’ department is commended for its ‘strong’ contentious practice and regularly handles class actions for high-profile insurer clients. Reid Ashinoff in New York defended Genworth Financial and its former CEO and CFO in a securities "stock drop" putative fraud class action alleging that it made materially false statements concerning the planned partial IPO of its Australian mortgage insurance subsidiary. Department co-head Keith Moskowitz in Chicago is representing XL Catlin in several disputes including cases involving claims for coverage related to landfills owned and operated by policyholder Republic Services. Matthew Gaul in New York and Kara Baysinger in San Francisco, who co-leads the firm’s global insurance sector practice, regularly advise AXA Equitable's public policy group on regulatory issues. MetLife, Travelers, Arrowood Indemnity, Zurich, Nationwide and AIG are also clients. Ronald Kent and Susan Walker in Los Angeles are recommended as is New York-based Sandra Hauser. In Atlanta, Stephen Berry and Randy Evans, who ‘can think outside the box and establishes a plan many moves down the road’ are noted, and department co-head Shari Klevens in Washington DC is ‘super-smart’ and ‘can handle difficult adversaries’. Michael Barr in New York is also noted. John Sarchio joined Crowell & Moring LLP in 2017.

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