Sarah R. LaFreniere
Sarah’s practice focuses on complex litigation predominantly antitrust, financial services, and consumer protection matters. Sarah represents clients in litigation for harm suffered throughout the world, using innovative solutions to provide exceptional advocacy. Her experience spans a wide range of complex litigation, and her efforts have helped clients recover more than $2.3 billion in settlements.
Sarah’s clients include individual investors, investment funds, and multinational corporations. She represents specialty film exhibitors in various metropolitan markets, a whistleblower in a qui tam action alleging Medicare and Medicaid fraud and European consumers effected by fraudulent emissions software. Sarah’s former clients include a leading software manufacturer in copyright-infringement litigation against the federal government, an industry organization in the first amendment sphere, and a royalty-rights holder in the college athletics space.
Antitrust / Competition
- 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. -Representing specialty-film exhibitors in various metropolitan markets who collectively allege a nationwide theater chain abused its national circuit power.
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.
What Others Say
- 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
District of Columbia
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Affiliations & Memberships
Young Lawyer’s Representative, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, American Bar Association Section on Antitrust Law (2019-2020)
Senior Note and Comment Editor, Administrative Law Review (2013-2014)
Judicial law clerk to the Honorable Victor J. Wolski on the United States Court of Federal Claims. (2014-2015)
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.
News & Press
"Rising Star: Hausfeld's Sarah LaFreniere," Law360 (October 3, 2019)
Author, “What the Canadian Air Cargo Decision May Mean for Possible U.S. Claimants,” Lexology (March 5, 2019)
Author, “Inconsistent Case Law on 28 U.S.C. 1782 Continues to Confuse Litigants and District Courts,” Lexology (November 28, 2018)
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)
Presentations & Speeches
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)