Timothy S. Kearns
Timothy Kearns recognizes that most cases are won or lost before they are even filed. Timothy’s experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants, ranging from individual investors to multinational corporations, provides him greater insight into the benefits and risks that matter most to clients. His dedication to helping clients realistically assess their options before and throughout litigation and his tenacity in securing a result, through appeal if necessary, help to ensure exceptional outcomes for his clients.
As a partner in Hausfeld’s Washington, DC office, Timothy engages in a varied practice of antitrust litigation, securities litigation, commodities litigation, and other complex commercial litigation. Timothy handles matters involving complex financial instruments and heads the firm’s investigation of matters under securities and commodities laws. His matters include:
- In re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation, in which Timothy has overcome three motions to dismiss and has secured more than $2.3 billion in settlements in a case alleging collusion among international banks to artificially fix the prices of foreign exchange instruments;
- MTB Investment Partners, LP v. Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc., in which Timothy secured a securities fraud settlement that returned more than 115% of recognized losses after attorneys’ fees and expenses to former shareholders in HearUSA, Inc.;
- Precision Associates, Inc. v. Panalpina World Transport (Holding) Ltd., in which Timothy defended two defendants against allegations of antitrust violations within the global freight forwarding industry.
Timothy has been described as a “heavyweight practitioner” in antitrust by the Legal 500 on 2018 and named a Rising Star in Securities Litigation in 2014 and 2015 and a Rising Star in Antitrust Litigation in 2016 by Super Lawyers magazine. Timothy graduated cum laude from Cornell Law School. He is the author of The Chair, the Needle, and the Damage Done: What the Electric Chair and the Rebirth of the Method-of-Execution Challenge Could Mean for the Future of the Eighth Amendment, which was published by the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy in 2006.
An Ohio native, Timothy is an avid distance runner and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.
Cornell Law School, J.D., 2006
Iowa State University, B.A., 2003
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Affiliations & Memberships
Super Lawyers Rising Star, Antitrust Litigation (2016)
Super Lawyers Rising Star, Securities Litigation (2014, 2015)
News & Press
"Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Hausfeld's Timothy Kearns", Law360 (March 15, 2017)
The Chair, the Needle, and the Damage Done: What the Electric Chair and the Rebirth of the Method-of-Execution Challenge Could Mean for the Future of the Eighth Amendment, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2006