Brian has extensive experience representing U.S. and international businesses in complex litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He is particularly experienced in litigating and resolving antitrust claims in U.S. and European courts, recovering more than a billion dollars for his corporate clients and the classes he has represented.
Brian is Vice Chair of the firm and serves on the firm’s Global Executive Committee. His broad global experience demonstrates his ability to tackle and find solutions for the most novel legal issues, as well as represent his clients at all stages of global antitrust litigation and other complex business disputes, whether in the discovery, damages, trial, appeal or settlement phase, or whether in the U.S., Europe, or globally. This unique combination enables him to counsel and act for clients comprehensively, in a commercially sensitive manner, and wherever necessary.
Brian represents clients from a wide range of sectors including automotive, retail, transportation, petroleum, utility, financial services, and pharma.
Brian currently represents or has represented purchasers of auto parts, car glass, air freight services, rail freight, carbon graphite, polyurethane foam, paraffin wax, marine hose, Visa/MasterCard services, trucks, power cables, elevators, and pre-stressing steel in their individual cartel damage claims in the US, Europe and/or globally. In the marine hose matter, on behalf of a group of oil and gas companies, he led the negotiations with cartelist Parker ITR which produced a first of its kind private global settlement agreement.
Many of Brian's diverse clients are listed in the US and Global Fortune 100 and Fortune 500.
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University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1999
Indiana University- Bloomington, B.A.J., 1996
District of Columbia
The United States Supreme Court
Several Federal Courts
Managing Editor, Journal of Law and Commerce
President, CertifiKID, LLC, a deal website focused on kids’ activities and family entertainment. In 2010, Brian co-founded the business with his wife Jamie who serves as CEO and runs the day to day operations. His focus with the business is on high level business strategy and partnerships, as well as legal and financial issues. In April 2019, Brian and Jamie appeared on the popular ABC television show Shark Tank and cut a deal with Kevin O’Leary (a/k/a “Mr. Wonderful”), one of the top five biggest investments Mr. O’Leary has made in any company in ten seasons of Shark Tank.
"Hausfeld Firm Leadership Transition Plan Announced," GlobeNewsWire, September 16, 2019.
"Lawyer Limelight: Brian A. Ratner" Lawdragon, July 7, 2019
"What It Takes to Dominate in the Elite Game of International Litigation" The American Lawyer, September 28, 2017
"Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, and Global Competition Review Laud Hausfeld in Competition Law", The Legal 500, June 8, 2017
The Legal 500 Names Hausfeld to Top Tier of Firms in Antitrust for Seventh Year, The Legal 500, July 7, 2016
Super Lawyers Recognizes Thirteen Hausfeld Attorneys, Super Lawyers, April 17, 2015
Hausfeld LLP Named as Tier 1 Firm Nationwide in Mass Tort and Class Action: Plaintiff Representation - Antitrust by The Legal 500, July 2014
Super Lawyers Recognizes Six Hausfeld Attorneys, Super Lawyers, April 25, 2014
"Bar hopping", Global Competition Review, June 30, 2014
"Plaintiffs' antitrust bar", Global Competition Review, June 30, 2014
Hausfeld LLP Named as one of the top three U.S. firms in Antitrust Plaintiff Representation by The Legal 500, July 2013
"Jury Finds Chinese Vitamin C Makers Fixed Prices; $153.3M Judgment Entered", Mealey's Legal News & Litigation Reports, March 14, 2013
Hausfeld LLP Named as Tier 1 Firm Nationwide in Plaintiff Antitrust Litigation by The Legal 500, June 2012
"U.S. Class Action Lawyers Look Abroad", Reuters, March 20, 2012
Rising Star: Hausfeld's Brian Ratner, Law360, March 22, 2012
"Brian Ratner, People on the Move", Washington Business Journal, April 4, 2012
"Hausfeld, Hausfeld, Hooray", Legal Bisnow, April 6, 2012
“Analysis: Private antitrust lawsuits on the decline in U.S.”, Reuters, June 13, 2011
"Chinese Cos. Can't Shake Vitamin C Antitrust MDL", Law360, September 7, 2011
“Vitamins cartel action filed against Roche in Panama”, Law360, September 11, 2009
2009 Legal Times “40 under 40” list recognizing rising legal stars in Washington, July 14, 2009
“Unprecedented Global Settlement Reached with Parker ITR in Marine Hose Cartel”, Class Action Litigation, March 13, 2009
“Private settlements could gain steam, lawyers say”, Law360, March 12, 2009
“‘Shell Model’ Opens Door to European Class Actions”, The American Lawyer, January 7, 2008
Co-Author, Chapter 39: USA, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Cartels & Leniency, 2014
Co-Author, "Principles and Objectives of Formal and Informal Settlements in EU Competition Cases: The Claimant’s Perspective", paper submitted for the European University Institute's 13th Annual Competition Law & Policy Workshop, publication forthcoming
Co-Author, Michael Hausfeld and Brian Ratner, "Prosecuting Class Actions and Group Litigation - Understanding the Rise of International Class and Collective Action Litigation and How this Leads to Classes that Span International Borders", World Class Actions, Chapter 26, September 2012
Co-Author, Brian A. Ratner and Sathya S. Gosselin, The Novelty of Wal-Mart v. Dukes, American Bar Association, Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee, Business Torts & RICO News, Vol. 8, Issue 1, Fall 2011
Co-Author, “A Proposal for a Transitional Forum”, submitted for Antitrust Claims Against Foreign Firms and Cartels conference (Law Seminars International), September 7-8, 2006
Panelist, Criminal Antitrust Panel, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, (November 15, 2018)
Panel Speaker, "International- Private Antitrust Enforcement Around the Globe", AAI 11th Annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference (November 7, 2017)
Panel Speaker, "Global antitrust litigation - A brave new world", GCR Live 5th Annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum, (February 5-6, 2016)
Panel Speaker, "Private Enforcement: New International Approaches and Developments", Northwestern Law, (May 20, 2015)
Panel Leader, “Delivering Substantial Shareholder Returns Through Cartel Damages Litigation, on a Risk-Free Basis and with No Financial Investment”, 10th Corporate Counsel & Corporate Compliance Exchange, (April 7-9, 2014)
Five Hausfeld Lawyers Once Again Named to Lawdragon 500 List of Leading Lawyers in America
A message from our Vice-Chairs on COVID-19
Hausfeld Announces Opening of Amsterdam Office
Super Lawyers Recognizes 21 Hausfeld Lawyers Spanning Both Coasts and Multiple Practice Areas
Fifteen Hausfeld Lawyers Named to Lawdragon Plaintiff Financial Lawyer Guide 2019
Hausfeld Firm Leadership Transition Plan Announced
The International Comparative Legal Guide to Cartels & Leniency 2014 Edition
World Class Actions Chapter 26: Prosecuting Class Actions and Group Litigation
Hausfeld Partner Brent Landau Named Rising Star under 40 in Competition
Jury Finds Chinese Vitamin C Makers Fixed Prices; $153.3M Judgment Entered
Hausfeld Defeats Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss in HearUSA, Inc.