Brent Landau, Global Managing Partner of Hausfeld, is an accomplished antitrust and human rights lawyer who represents plaintiffs in complex cases. He has been named a "Titan of the Plaintiffs' Bar" by Law360, a "Distinguished Leader" by the Legal Intelligencer, and an "Antitrust Trailblazer and Pioneer' by the National Law Journal. Brent also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where he teaches a course in legal ethics, and as a Trustee of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.
Brent’s clients include large and small businesses claiming 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.
In addition, Brent represents individuals seeking redress for human rights violations, and currently serves as co-lead counsel for a proposed class of Sudanese-American victims of atrocities in a suit against BNP Paribas. He also maintains an active pro bono practice.
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
Judicial law clerk to Honorable Bruce W. Kauffman, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2001-2002)
Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (2015-Present)
- "Cashflow, Clients, and Credit: Managing Law Firm Finances in Changing Times," California Lawyers' Association (Dec. 15, 2020), Speaker
- "Ethics: Protecting Data in Class Actions and Fund Administration," Class Action Money and Ethics Conference (Sept. 2020), Speaker
- "The Ethics of Attorney Fees: It Pays to be Reasonable," National Association of Legal Fee Analysis CLE Program (Dec. 2019), Speaker
- "Settling An Antitrust Class Action: Best Practices, Ethical Issues, and the Amended Rule 23(e)," American Antitrust Institute Private Enforcement Conference (Nov. 2019), Speaker
- "Class Action Financing," Class Action Money and Ethics Conference (May 2019), Speaker
- "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), Co-Authored with Gary I. Smith
- "Chapter 39: USA," The International Comparative Legal Guide to Cartels & Leniency (2014), Co-Authored with Brian A. Ratner
- "Has Hydrogen Peroxide Really Made Antitrust Class Certification More Difficult?" 7 Antitrust Practitioner 2 (2010)
- "Sovereign Immunity and You: How New York State Employees Can Enforce Their Federal Employment Rights," United University Professions Working Paper Series (Dec. 2005)
- "State Employees and Sovereign Immunity: Alternatives and Strategies for Enforcing Federal Employment Laws," 39 Harv. J. on Legis. 169 (2002)
- "State Bans on City Gun Lawsuits," 37 Harv. J. on Legis. 623 (2000)
WHAT OTHERS SAY
American Antitrust Institute
- Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice, an honor he received twice:
- As part of the In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation team in 2018.
- As part of the In re Air Cargo Antitrust Litigation case team in 2016.
- Band 2, Antitrust: Plaintiff, USA - Nationwide in 2020 and 2021
"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.'" (Chambers US, Antitrust: Plaintiff – Nationwide, 2020)
- Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar in 2019
- Rising Star, Competition in 2013
- One of the Leading Lawyers in America since 2019
- One of the Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers since 2019
- Antitrust - Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Plaintiff in 2020
- Antitrust - Civil Litigation/Class Actions in 2015
- Antitrust – Mass Tort and Class Action: Plaintiff Representation in 2010
"One of the brightest competition attorneys in the Bar." (Legal 500 US, Antitrust - Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Plaintiff, 2015)
"Very professional and personable." (Legal 500 US, Mass Tort and Class Action: Plaintiff Representation – Antitrust, 2010)
- Distinguished Leader in 2019
- Super Lawyer, Antitrust Litigation in Philadelphia since 2015
Who’s Who Legal
- Leading Lawyer, Competition: Plaintiff since 2016
"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." (Who’s Who Legal, Competition: Plaintiff – Leading Lawyers, 2020)
"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." (Who’s Who Legal, Competition: Plaintiff – Leading Lawyers, 2019)
- Pro Bono Award of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation: an honor received by Brent and the firm's Philadelphia office in 2019.
- Trial Lawyer of the Year: an award given by Public Justice to Brent and the other members of the Hale v. State Farm case team in 2019.
- National Law Journal Antitrust Trailblazer & Pioneer in 2015
- 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.
- Kashef v. BNP Paribas S.A. – In which Brent has been appointed as interim co-lead counsel for a proposed class of Sudanese refugees living in the United States, who allege that French bank BNP Paribas laundered billions for Sudan in violation of U.S. sanctions, knowing that the regime was committing mass atrocities fueled by the oil trade. The class obtained a major victory in 2021 when the court rejected the bank’s motion to dismiss and allowed the case to proceed.
- Roeder v. JPMorgan Chase & Co. – In which Brent represents a proposed class of hostages detained in Iran for 444 days from 1979 to 1981, who learned in 2019 based on newly unsealed evidence about Chase Bank’s role in triggering and prolonging their captivity.
- Clergy Sexual Abuse – On a pro bono basis, Brent is currently counsel to claimants in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (IRRP) and similar programs throughout Pennsylvania.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
Chambers US, 2020
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.'
Who's Who Legal, 2020
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.
Who's Who Legal, 2019
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.