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)
- 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.
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.