James J. Pizzirusso

James J. Pizzirusso

  • Partner
  • Washington, DC


As a co-founder of the firm, James has led Hausfeld's Data Breach/Privacy and Consumer Protection practice groups since the firm's inception and courts have personally appointed him to leadership positions in dozens of successful class actions. He has diverse practice centering on cybersecurity and privacy law, but also handles cases involving consumer protection, antitrust law (with an emphasis in agriculture), and sports and entertainment law. James' practice also includes domestic and international environmental and public health litigation. 


James has pursued justice on behalf of his clients, both domestically and abroad, in a wide variety of practice areas and on behalf of notable clients. Aside from representing consumers suffering from privacy violations and consumer fraud, his clients have included musicians (e.g., Chuck D. of Public Enemy) and professional athletes (e.g., Jim Brown). He has successfully resolved the claims of numerous farmers and landowners in Barbados who suffered reduced crop yields and property damages as a result of a massive jet fuel spill. James has also represented farmers and other entities seeking damages related to unauthorized releases of genetically modified crops. Domestically, he has represented municipalities and individuals suffering harm related to lead paint and other toxic products.

James’ distinctive approach to litigation has resulted in recoveries of billions of dollars for his clients and class members.