Brent W. Landau
Brent Landau, Global Managing Partner of Hausfeld, is an accomplished antitrust lawyer who represents plaintiffs in complex cases. He has been recognized by a wide array of national and global publications for his leadership in and out of the courtroom, including being named a "Titan of the Plaintiffs’ Bar" by Law360 in 2019. Brent also serves as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches a course in legal ethics.
Brent’s clients include large and small businesses seeking compensation for price-fixing, monopolization, and other wrongdoing. With experience representing clients in health care, transportation, and other industries, he has obtained significant recoveries in courts throughout the United States.
Brent also maintains an active pro bono practice, and is currently counsel to claimants in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (“IRRP”) and similar programs throughout Pennsylvania.
Antitrust / Competition
- In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation – In which Brent represented a class of air freight customers that recovered over $1.235 billion in settlements for airline price-fixing. Brent was a principal settlement negotiator and presented both the opening and closing arguments at a multi-day evidentiary hearing on the plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, which the court granted. Brent then successfully argued against the defendants’ motions for summary judgment, after which the remaining defendants settled.
- In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation – In which Brent was a member of the trial team that secured a $162 million judgment for vitamin buyers following a jury verdict against defendants who argued they were compelled to fix prices by the Chinese government. When the verdict was challenged on appeal, Brent helped obtain a 9-0 victory in the United States Supreme Court, allowing the case to continue.
- In re Dental Supplies Antitrust Litigation – In which Brent serves as court-appointed co-lead counsel for a class of 200,000 dentists who alleged price-fixing among distributors of dental supplies and who succeeded in obtaining an $80 million settlement.
What Others Say
- Chambers and Partners ranked Brent in Band 2 for Antitrust: Plaintiff - Nationwide (2020)
- The publication noted that “Brent Landau expertly handles market manipulation cases in the healthcare space. Sources report that he is an ‘excellent lawyer who is extremely smart and very well respected.’”
- Law360 named Brent a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” (2019)
- Brent was honored as a “Distinguished Leader” by The Legal Intelligencer (2019)
- Brent and Hausfeld’s Philadelphia office were honored with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Award (2019)
- Brent was named to the prestigious Lawdragon list of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America” (2019 - Present), and to the Lawdragon list of "Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers" (2019)
- As part of the Hale v. State Farm case team, Brent was honored with the Public Justice “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award (2019)
- As part of the In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation case team, Brent was honored with the American Antitrust Institute award for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice” (2018)
- Who’s Who Legal has consistently ranked Brent as a top attorney in the Competition: Plaintiff category (2016-Present). In 2019, the publication noted that: “Brent Landau is lauded by peers as ‘a formidable opponent in antitrust litigation’ whose ‘strength is oral argument, where he appears knowledgeable and persuasive.’ He is well versed in representing clients in price fixing and monopolisation claims in the US.” In 2020, the publication added, "Brent Landau is a prominent name among antitrust practitioners in the USA and wins extensive recognition for his practice, which focuses on representing clients in the healthcare, and transportation industries in price-fixing and monopolisation matters."
- Brent has been regularly listed by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a top attorney in antitrust (2015-Present)
- As part of the In re Air Cargo Antitrust Litigation case team, Brent was honored with the award for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice” by the American Antitrust Institute (2016)
- The Legal 500 has described Brent as “one of the brightest competition attorneys in the Bar” and “very professional and personable.”
- Recognized by The Legal 500 in Antitrust - Civil Litigation/Class Actions (2015)
- Recognized by The Legal 500 in Antitrust - Cartel Enforcement (2015)
- Brent was named by the National Law Journal as an "Antitrust Trailblazer & Pioneer" (2015)
- Law360 honored Brent as a "Rising Star" in the Competition category (2013)
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2001
State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., summa cum laude, 1998
District of Columbia
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Affiliations & Memberships
Judicial law clerk to Honorable Bruce W. Kauffman, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2001-2002)
Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2015-Present)
News & Press
"2019 Distinguished Leader—Brent Landau," The Legal Intelligencer (June 14, 2019)
"Lawyer Limelight: Brent W. Landau," Lawdragon (June 9, 2019)
"Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Hausfeld's Brent Landau," Law360 (May 9, 2019)
Ethics Of State Farm Attys To Take Stage In Rigged Judge Trial (August 31, 2018)
Supreme Court Says Foreign Gov't Submissions Not Binding (June 14, 2018)
Celgene Hit With Expansive Antitrust Suit Over Thalomid (September 29, 2017)
Allergan Eye Drop Antitrust Suit Revived By 3rd Circ. (September 7, 2016)
Pa. Medical Suppliers Can’t Duck Antitrust Class Action (July 30, 2014)
China Airlines to Pay $90M to Exit Price-Fixing Suit (May 8, 2014)
Pfizer Can't Shake Skelaxin Pay-For-Delay MDL (May 20, 2013)
Cargolux, Others OKd To Pay $49M To Exit Air Cargo MDL (July 18, 2011)
Air Cargo Plaintiffs Seek €799M EU Cartel Decision (June 1, 2011)
Polar Worldwide Forced Into Air Cargo Suit (Apr. 13, 2011)
Brent W. Landau and Gary I. Smith, "Bundling Claims Under Section 1 of the Sherman Act: Focusing on Firms' Abilities to Create Anticompetitive Effects in a Market, Rather Than Their Share of It", Antitrust Health Care Chronicle, Vol. 28/ No. 1, ABA Section of Antitrust Law (Jan. 2015)
Brent W. Landau and Brian A. Ratner, Chapter 39: USA, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Cartels & Leniency (2014)
Brent W. Landau, “Has Hydrogen Peroxide Really Made Antitrust Class Certification More Difficult?”, 7 Antitrust Practitioner 2 (2010)
Brent W. Landau, "Sovereign Immunity and You: How New York State Employees Can Enforce Their Federal Employment Rights", United University Professions Working Paper Series (Dec. 2005)
Brent W. Landau, "State Employees and Sovereign Immunity: Alternatives and Strategies for Enforcing Federal Employment Laws", 39 Harv. J. on Legis. 169 (2002)
Brent W. Landau, "State Bans on City Gun Lawsuits", 37 Harv. J. on Legis. 623 (2000)
Presentations & Speeches
“The Ethics of Attorney Fees: It Pays to be Reasonable," National Association of Legal Fee Analysis CLE Program, December 2019 (webinar)
“Settling An Antitrust Class Action: Best Practices, Ethical Issues, and the Amended Rule 23(e)," American Antitrust Institute Private Enforcement Conference, November 2019, Washington, D.C.
"Class Action Financing," Class Action Money and Ethics Conference, May 2019, New York, NY