Sarah R. LaFreniere
Sarah is an associate in Hausfeld’s Washington D.C. office focusing on complex litigation and antitrust enforcement. Sarah represents clients in litigation for harm suffered throughout the world, using innovative solutions to provide exceptional advocacy. Sarah has been awarded the American Antitrust Institute’s award for Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer for her work in In re Foreign Exchange Benchmarks Rates Antitrust Litigation. That case has secured over $2.3 billion in settlement funds for class members who allege the world’s largest banks conspired to manipulate the foreign exchange market.
In addition to her work on the Foreign Exchange matter, Sarah represents the interests of European consumers seeking damages from Volkswagen AG in relation to that company’s massive “clean-diesel” fraud. Sarah has been at the forefront of litigation pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782, seeking to obtain evidence through U.S. discovery mechanisms for use in the European litigation. In addition, Sarah’s recent representative matters include:
- Representing specialty-film exhibitors in various metropolitan markets who collectively allege a nationwide theater chain abused its national circuit power;
- Representing a whistleblower in a qui tam action alleging medicare and Medicaid fraud;
- Representing a leading software manufacturer in copyright-infringement litigation against the federal government;
- Negotiating a favorable settlement for a royalty-rights holder in the college athletics space;
- Submitting an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals arguing Idaho’s “ag-gag” laws violated the First Amendment.
Sarah graduated summa cum laude from American University Washington College of Law. After law school, Sarah worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Victor J. Wolski on the United States Court of Federal Claims. In addition to her studies at the Washington College of Law, Sarah obtained a J.D. from the University of Ottawa. Prior to law school, Sarah worked for Canadian Member of Parliament Scott Reid, and in that role served as the Associate Director of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism.
American University Washington College of Law, J.D. (summa cum laude, order of the coif), 2014
University of Ottawa, J.D. (cum laude), 2014
McMaster University, BA (Hons., summa cum laude), 2008
United States Court of Federal Claims
District of Columbia
Affiliations & Memberships
Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer (In re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation), American Antitrust Institute (2018)
Mussey Prize for the Highest Scholastic Average in the Final Year of Study (WCL 2014).
American Bar Association Section on Antitrust Law, Young Lawyers Division
Administrative Law Review, Senior Note and Comment Editor
Author, “What the Canadian Air Cargo Decision May Mean for Possible U.S. Claimants,” Lexology (March 5, 2019)
Author, “Inconsistent Case Law on 28 U.S.C. 1782 Continues to Confuse Litigants and District Courts,” Lexology (November 28, 2018)
Co-Author, "The Volkswagen Scandal: Catalyst For Class Action Change?" Law360 (Feb. 27, 2018)
Author, "Two Years After Campbell-Ewald, Defendants Face Uphill Battle “Picking Off” Named Plaintiffs," Lexology (Feb. 21, 2018)
Author, "Product hopping by a pharmaceutical company “likely” violated the antitrust laws," Lexology (Oct. 13, 2015)
Presentations & Speeches
Panelist, “The State of Leniency,” GCR Live 4th Annual Cartels, Washington, DC (March 26, 2019)
Panelist, “Why Antitrust,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law, American university Washington College of Law , Washington, DC (October 23, 2018)