Joseph Hansen represents technology companies in data privacy litigation and regulatory defense, and advises on product counseling, particularly in novel areas of the evolving privacy landscape.

Mr. Hansen regularly helps leading technology companies navigate complex questions in uncharted waters. He litigates novel and high-stakes cases from inception through appeal, with a particular focus on class actions alleging:

  • Privacy claims (statutory, tortious, and constitutional)
  • Wiretapping
  • Computer hacking
  • Unfair competition

He also represents companies in significant data privacy regulatory matters, including before the Federal Trade Commission and States Attorneys General. Often working directly with both in-house counsel and product engineers, Mr. Hansen draws on his litigation experience to provide clients with practical data privacy advice related to products and services such as apps and websites, social media, messaging, online advertising, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.

Mr. Hansen served as a law clerk to US Senior Circuit Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

In law school Mr. Hansen graduated first in his class; received the 2010 Lockhart Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Leadership and Service; and was the lead note and comment editor of the Minnesota Law Review. Prior to law school he received a Fulbright grant to teach in Chile.

Pro Bono

Mr. Hansen represents refugees and litigates high-impact refugee-law cases in his active pro bono practice. He has developed an impressive track record successfully representing asylum seekers in immigration court and on appeal, and has been the lead author on a variety of amicus briefs for cases before the US Supreme Court and appellate courts on issues related to asylum and immigration.

Mr. Hansen’s experience includes representing:


  • A data analytics company in pending class-action litigation alleging privacy violations, wiretapping, computer hacking, and unfair competition
  • A South Korean app developer and other companies in pending class-action litigation alleging privacy violations, wiretapping, computer hacking, negligence, unfair competition, and false advertising
  • A technology company in a class-action lawsuit claiming violations related to a messaging app; secured dismissal of wiretapping and eavesdropping claims
  • One of the world’s largest social media companies in a nationwide class-action lawsuit stemming from a data breach; secured a highly favorable class-certification decision
  • An automotive parts manufacturer in an appeal against one of the largest punitive damages verdicts in California history; secured reversal as a matter of law in the California Court of Appeal, which the Daily Journal named a Top Appellate Reversal in California in 2015*
  • A startup technology company in trial and on an appeal against an eight-figure computer hacking damages award; secured reversal as a matter of law in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit*


  • A major technology company in a California Attorney General investigation related to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA); investigation closed without fines
  • A startup technology company in global regulator inquiries connected to a data breach; matter closed without fines
  • A leading technology company in a Federal Trade Commission investigation related to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)


  • One of the world’s largest social media companies on compliance with the CCPA and other privacy laws
  • A leading technology company on privacy compliance for virtual reality products

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, University of Minnesota Law School, 2010
    summa cum laude
  • BA in Spanish, Grinnell College, 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish