Hausfeld LLP > Washington DC, United States > Firm Profile

Hausfeld LLP
888 16th Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: plaintiff Tier 1

The ‘skilled’ and ‘deep bench of lawyers’ at Hausfeld LLP excel in leading class action litigation, and landmark trials pertaining to various antitrust matters including monopolization, nationwide conspiracies to manipulate compensation levels, and cartel damage claims. The practice is active in the big tech, food, manufacturing and automotive sectors, with a client roster featuring multinational corporations such as Stellantis, as well as purchaser classes and individual plaintiffs. In New York, practice head Scott Martin is praised as an ‘all-star’ lawyer, offering extensive trial experience across both federal and state courts and is well versed in complex multidistrict actions concerning pricing, distribution and non-compete agreement related claims. Michael Hausfeld, based in Washington DC, has successfully represented individuals and classes in cases involving monopolization, tie-ins, exclusive dealing and price fixing. In San Francisco are Christopher Lebsock and Megan E. Jones , who focuses on recovery of damages for companies who are impacted by antitrust cartels. Also in DC are Brian Ratner and Melinda Coolidge who often advises significant players in various industries including pharmaceutical, transportation and retail, and Swathi Bojedla who is also noted by peers. Gary Smith, ‘a practical and effective litigator’ is situated in Philadelphia. Bonny Sweeney departed from the firm in July 2022 to join the DOJ.

Practice head(s):

Scott Martin

Other key lawyers:


‘I have found the Hausfeld team to be skilled lawyers that, while being aggressive litigators, uphold high ethical standards.’

‘Gary Smith is a very smart lawyer, that is a very skilled advocate, who, while representing his clients’ interests vigorously, takes his professional and ethical obligations seriously.’

‘The team have lots of expertise and experience. Aggressive litigators in representing their clients, but reasonable and professional in all dealings no matter what. On the cutting edge of e-discovery, a leader in this area. They do a good job in giving responsibility and opportunities to more junior lawyers.’

‘The top-notch Hausfeld team has broad experience in cartel damages litigation and manages to feed on this experience for the benefit of its clients. There is hardly any obstacle they have not faced before and there are always pragmatic solutions found. They are particularly easy and pleasant to work with and have a diverse team that puts in all the extra efforts needed at any time.’

‘Founding partner Brian Ratner stands out in an already amazing team. He combines vast legal knowledge with a very good business acumen and sense for what really matters in a given situation. He is a sharp out-of-the-box-thinker and extremely pragmatic where appropriate. Working with him is a privilege.’

‘This is an amazing team that is extremely responsive and knowledgeable. They have a deep bench of lawyers who focus on the main points and not satellite litigation issues. The practice consists of former defense counsel who know the typical defense tactics.’

Gary Smith is a pleasure to worth with. He is creative and intellectually nimble in crafting antitrust theories and legal arguments. He is also practical and effective litigator.

Scott Martin is an all-star lawyer.

Key clients

Puerto Rico

Louisiana Pacific


Phhhoto Inc.

District of Columbia Attorney General






Peabody Energy

Suzuki Motor Corporation



SIMS Metal Management

Praxair (now Linde)

Deutsche Bahn

American Honda Motor Company

Suez Environmental SA

Hertz Europe

Metro AG



U.S. Silica Company


Work highlights

  • Acted for plaintiffs in In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation.
  • Represented plaintiffs in In re Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation.
  • Acting for plaintiffs in In re Broiler Chicken Grower Antitrust Litigation (No. II).

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Washington DC-based James Pizzirusso, head of Hausfeld LLP ’s consumer protection practice group, represents plaintiffs, who have suffered from mass data breaches at well-known and leading companies, in nationwide class actions. Megan Jones in San Francisco, Swathi Bojedla in Washington DC, and Jeanine Kenney in Philadelphia are key practitioners in this space.

Hausfeld is a leading disputes-only firm with 12 offices located throughout the US (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC) the UK (London), and continental Europe (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Paris, and Stockholm). Our global reach means we can litigate in jurisdictions that suit our clients best. We are also experienced in mediation and arbitration.

Hausfeld brings a visionary approach to resolving claims, whether that is for a single client or a group working collectively. As a leader in pioneering legal actions for damages, Hausfeld innovates by pushing further – the firm tenaciously focuses on results, and achieves pragmatic conclusions. Hausfeld lawyers have achieved some of the largest landmark settlements and judgments in our areas of practice, often after hard-fought litigation against the biggest names in the legal market. Socially minded and a champion for the best corporate governance, our lawyers are at the forefront of the legal profession in improving access to justice for both individuals and businesses. That makes for a profoundly different law firm.

The Hausfeld team comprises highly experienced litigators with a proven track record in claimant litigation in the areas of:

  • Antitrust/competition
  • Commercial and financial disputes
  • Environmental law
  • Human rights
  • Product liability
  • Technology and data breach

Hausfeld’s clients include some of the world’s largest corporations in myriad industries, including current clients listed on the Fortune Global 500 and Forbes Global 2000. Hausfeld is reputed for its claimant-friendly, dynamic, entrepreneurial, and innovative approach to dispute resolution. For more information about the firm, including recent trial victories and landmark settlements, please visit

Photo Name Position Profile
Melinda R. Coolidge photo Melinda R. Coolidge Partner
Michael D. Hausfeld photo Michael D. Hausfeld Chairman
Brian A. Ratner photo Brian A. Ratner Partner & Vice-Chair