The National Law Journal: Hausfeld’s Global Co-Chair Brian Ratner talks about antitrust trends, big tech, and strategic goals at Hausfeld
Hausfeld’s Global Co-Chair Brian Ratner has been featured in The National Law Journal’s profile series of plaintiffs’ bar leaders, “‘Not Every Antitrust Case Falls Along Traditional Party Lines’ – Brian Ratner Talks Big Tech and Strategic Goals.” The National Law Journal’s series features plaintiffs’ bar leaders, taking a personal look at the attorney’s career and legacy, as well as discussing industry trends. In this profile, Brian covers recent trends in antitrust enforcement, Hausfeld’s strategic goals moving forward and its pursuits against Big Tech, and his advice for young lawyers.
Brian gives insights into Hausfeld’s venture into Big Tech litigation throughout the profile, explaining that the firm has been hugely invested in this area for many years now, with a broad portfolio of work and phenomenal specialists within the firm across all jurisdictions in Germany, the U.K., the U.S., and in the Netherlands.
He also provides commentary on how public and private enforcement of Big Tech is converging and the impact of a more conservative judiciary on plaintiffs in this and many other areas.
Brian explains: "You see basically that the public enforcers, the private bar and state attorneys general . . . [are] working in tandem on this in the U.S.,. . . [in] a concerted effort, including on the legislative side, to address these issues. Everyone seems to be rowing in the same direction, and that’s a positive development.”
Brian then discusses how and why Hausfeld has built the leading global claimant-side litigation practice with equal strength in Europe, and the opportunities and challenges that the firm has in the future.
Brian notes, “We’re [Hausfeld] always trying to do more; we’re always trying to make a really big impact across all our spheres. We’re always trying to bring really strong cases and do great work for our very dynamic client base. We invest an enormous amount of time and resources into investigating matters for our clients so we can really make the best decisions possible and bring. . . the strongest cases, the best cases.”
Finally, Brian offered this advice to young lawyers: “I think the legal field has become more of a profession of specialists. My advice is that, as soon as you know what interests you. . . the most and where your strengths are as a lawyer. . . I would encourage you to lean into these interests and strengths. I think that’s going to really serve you well in your career.”
A quote from this profile was featured in The National Law Journal’s recent article, “As Antitrust Enforcement Booms, Attorneys Eye AI and ESG as Emerging Targets,” which can be read here.