Michael Hausfeld Leaves Chair Position In Major Leadership Change

Litigation firm Hausfeld said on Wednesday that Michael Hausfeld will leave his chair position in a major leadership change for the 13-year-old claimant firm he founded, reported Reuters. 

Hausfeld will become chair emeritus as Brian Ratner and Anthony Maton, current vice chairs, become global co-chairs effective Jan. 1, the firm said.

Washington, D.C., litigator Hausfeld is known for his work representing plaintiffs in antitrust, human rights and discrimination matters.

Major cases include representing a class of Holocaust victims in litigation against three Swiss banks and representing a class of basketball and football players in an antitrust case against the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its member institutions.

Hausfeld’s current firm disclosed in September 2019 he would later transition leadership duties and become chair emeritus.

The new joint co-chairs will work with Brent Landau, who remains Hausfeld’s global managing partner, the firm said. Partners Melinda Coolidge and Lianne Craig will become Hausfeld’s managing partners in the U.S. and London, respectively.

“There is a clearly younger group of very capable and talented professionals who are not only ready to take over the practice of law that we’ve developed, but take over the management of that practice as well,” Hausfeld said.

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