Joseph C. Hansen is an associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Hansen is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department, and focuses his practice on data privacy and cybersecurity, class actions, and complex commercial litigation.
Mr. Hansen practices at the intersection of the law and the internet. He advises companies regarding data privacy, and he represents companies in complex and high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States, with a particular focus on cybersecurity and class actions. He has extensive experience handling a range of complex cases from inception through appeal. Mr. Hansen litigates with an eye towards creatively developing novel areas of law while preserving the record for appeal, and has secured reversal on appeal of adverse eight-figure verdicts on multiple occasions.
Mr. Hansen donates a substantial amount of time to pro bono work, focused in particular on the representation of refugees and impact refugee-law litigation. He has successfully represented asylum seekers in immigration court and on appeal, and has authored many amicus briefs in the US Supreme Court and appellate courts on issues related to asylum and immigration.
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. He received his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he graduated summa cum laude and 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. He holds a BA from Grinnell College and received a Fulbright grant to teach in Chile.
Mr. Hansen’s representative matters include:
- Advising one of the world’s largest social media companies regarding compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
- Representing one of the world’s largest fitness companies in class-action litigation alleging breach of contract and violations of the California Unfair Competition Law, California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and California False Advertising Law.
- Representing leading technology company in Federal Trade Commission investigation related to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
- Secured highly favorable class certification decision on behalf of one of the world’s largest social media companies in a nationwide class-action lawsuit stemming from a data breach.
- Represented startup technology company in global regulator inquiries connected to a data breach.
- Secured favorable settlement following strategic litigation for a major electronics manufacturer in a class-action lawsuit alleging unfair competition, computer hacking, false advertising, and tortious claims.*
- Secured reversal as a matter of law in the Ninth Circuit of eight-figure computer hacking damages award on behalf of startup technology company.*
- Secured reversal as a matter of law in the California Court of Appeal for an automotive parts manufacturer of one of the largest punitive damages verdicts in California history. The Daily Journal named the result a Top Appellate Reversal in California in 2015.*
- Following an adverse eight-figure jury verdict, obtained new trial with zero damages in false advertising lawsuit between consumer-goods competitors; successfully defended result on appeal to the Ninth Circuit.*
- Drafted amicus briefs to various Courts of Appeal on behalf of a coalition of organizations in support of challenges to the “public charge” regulation preventing certain immigrants from obtaining permanent residency (pro bono).
- Drafted amicus brief on behalf of Union of USCIS employees in support of challenge to guidelines governing immigration officers’ credible fear interviews (pro bono).
- Convinced Board of Immigration Appeals to reverse its prior denial of asylum following remand from the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a teenage refugee (pro bono).*
- Drafted amicus briefs for the US Supreme Court*, Ninth Circuit, and First Circuit* on behalf of refugee law scholars regarding interpreting domestic asylum law in accordance with international treaty obligations (pro bono).
- Obtained asylum and withholding of removal on behalf of mothers and their children in various matters in Immigration Court that generally involved escaping domestic violence and gang-related violence (pro bono).*
*Matter handled prior to joining Latham