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 represents companies in complex and high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has extensive experience handling a range of complex cases from inception through appeal, with particular experience in technology and internet-related litigation. Mr. Hansen litigates with an eye towards creatively developing the law and 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 amicus briefs in the US Supreme Court and appellate courts on behalf of prominent legal scholars.
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:
- Representing one of the world’s largest social media companies in a nationwide class-action lawsuit stemming from a data breach.
- Representing 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.*
- 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).*
*Matter handled prior to joining Latham