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.
Antitrust / Competition
- In re Diisocyanates Antitrust Litigation – Sarah represents a class of manufacturers in claims against major industrial suppliers for conspiring to artificially inflate prices of the chemicals methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI).
- In re Foreign Exchange Benchmarks Rates Antitrust Litigation - Sarah represents market participants in the foreign exchange market against international banks alleged to have fixed the price of foreign exchange instruments.
- 2301 M Cinema LLC d/b/a West End Cinema et al v. Silver Cinemas Acquisition Co. et al. -Sarah represented art house cinemas in a successful settlement against a nationwide theater chain for monopolizing the market for specialty films.
Deceptive Business Practices and Consumer Protection
- VW “Clean Diesel” Litigation – Sarah represents European consumers in Germany and elsewhere 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.
- Sarah has argued in favor of the First Amendment rights of plant-based food advocates in briefing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Was andere über ihn sagen
- Best Lawyers named Sarah to its inaugural "Ones to Watch" list (2020-2021)
- Sarah was recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers (2020-2021)
- Law360 recognized Sarah as a "Rising Star" of Competition Law (2019)
- Sarah was honored by the American Antitrust Institute with the award for "Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer" for her work on the In re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation (2018)
- As a student at American University Washington College of Law, Sarah received The Mussey Prize for the Highest Scholastic Average in the Final Year of Study
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
Zugehörigkeiten & Mitgliedschaften
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
News & Presse
"Rising Star: Hausfeld's Sarah LaFreniere," Law360 (October 3, 2019)
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)
Präsentationen & Reden
Panelist, "Antitrust Practices Around the World," Hausfeld and Luthra Partners Joint Webinar (June 18, 2020)
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)