Michael Hausfeld of Hausfeld.
Michael Hausfeld of Hausfeld. (Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ)

Despite having only two dozen lawyers in the United States, Michael Hausfeld’s self-titled law firm punches above its weight. The plaintiffs boutique isn’t afraid to take on firms far larger than its size and deliver results, especially in antitrust litigation.

In 2013 alone, the firm’s antitrust victories included wins against Baker & McKenzie, Keker & Van Nest and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in cases involving Chinese pharmaceutical companies and video game maker Electronic Arts Inc. “I think we’ve pioneered interesting and far-reaching antitrust cases,” Hausfeld said.

In March 2013, Hausfeld, as well as partners Brian Ratner and Brent Landau and associate Melinda Coolidge, secured a $153.3 million judgment against Chinese pharmaceutical companies. Hausfeld LLP, as co-lead counsel, represented vitamin C manufacturers in their suit against North China Pharmaceutical Group Corp. and other Chinese drug makers for price-fixing. Then, in September 2013, Hausfeld LLP helped college basketball player Ed O’Bannon of the University of California at Los Angeles and thousands of current and former National Collegiate Athletic Association athletes secure a $40 million settlement with Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Co., resolving antitrust claims the plaintiffs brought against the companies.


Founded: 2008
Based: Washington
Total No. of Attorneys: 24
Partners: 13
Associates: 8


Clean the underbrush first. Do everything you can to eliminate nonessential issues.
Tell an appealing story. Pick your core themes and craft a coherent narrative.
Be bold and unconventional.

—Michael Hausfeld, chairman