Sarah R. LaFreniere
Guided by the desire to represent clients asserting their rights in civil disputes, Sarah, an associate at Hausfeld, was drawn to practice at Hausfeld because of its creativity, commitment, and integrity. In an increasingly complex legal system, injured parties require much more than an attorney that simply knows the law to represent their interests, they need a dedicated team of exceptional advocates that can effectively navigate the ever increasing hurdles in complex litigation.
Sarah works on a variety of cases, including the In Re Volkswagen “Clean” Diesel Litigation, where Hausfeld represents individual plaintiffs and consumer groups in their claims against Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” fraud. Sarah is also engaged in the In re Foreign Exchange Benchmarks Rates Antitrust Litigation in a case alleging collusion among international banks to artificially fix the prices of foreign exchange instruments. As co-lead counsel in that case, Hausfeld has overcome two motions to dismiss, and has secured more than $2.3 billion in settlements. Finally, as a law clerk at Hausfeld, Sarah assisted in the matter of In re South African Apartheid Litigation, alleging that defendant multi-national corporations aided and abetted the commission of crimes against humanity by the security forces of the apartheid regime.
After law school, Sarah worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Victor J. Wolski on the United States Court of Federal Claims, where she gained exposure to various types of civil litigation against the United States government. She handled civil matters in the areas of government contracts, copyrights and patents, taxation, and petitions for review under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.
Sarah graduated from American University Washington College of Law in 2014. While in law school Sarah served as a Law Clerk at the Institute for Justice, representing aggrieved individuals in their challenges to unconstitutional government actions. In addition to her studies at the Washington College of Law, Sarah was enrolled in a dual program with the University of Ottawa, from which she obtained a JD in 2014. 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. In her free time, Sarah likes to spend time outdoors, particularly at the tops of mountains and under the sea—skiing and scuba diving.