Brian Hauck is a member of the Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice. A veteran of the US Department of Justice, Mr. Hauck has extensive experience working with state and federal agencies across the United States on financial, consumer, and other public policy issues of national importance. Whether overseeing a sensitive internal investigation, advocating before or negotiating with multiple government agencies, or litigating a high-stakes matter, Mr. Hauck works to develop a legal strategy that reflects his clients’ multi-faceted interests. He plays an active role in the firm’s monitoring and compliance work, including in the education space, and has extensive experience representing educational clients on issues ranging from government contracts to First Amendment freedoms.
Since returning to Jenner & Block, Mr. Hauck has represented financial institutions in their internal investigations and external advocacy to government agencies. He oversees teams carrying out monitorship appointments to ensure compliance with consumer protection settlements in the for-profit education sector. He advises clients throughout the arch of a government investigation. And he deals regularly with state attorneys general, the CFPB, and other federal agencies.
Prior to his return, Mr. Hauck served for five years in senior Justice Department positions. As Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the DOJ’s Civil Division from 2012 to 2014, he oversaw all significant tort litigation against the United States, including litigation alleging trillions of dollars of damages arising out of Hurricane Katrina; the Deepwater Horizon enforcement action; lawsuits against high-level officials for the United States’ use of drones – and oversaw multidistrict litigation and settlement strategies in a wide range of cases. From 2009 to 2012, he was chief of staff and senior counsel to the US Associate Attorney General. In that role, he coordinated litigation, legislative and public affairs aspects of matters ranging from settlements of billion-dollar litigation to important public policy initiatives. Among his other accomplishments, Mr. Hauck built a coalition of 49 state attorneys general and several federal agencies for the landmark $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement and oversaw the development and implementation of a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Mr. Hauck also served as the lead staff person to the independent panel investigating the US Secret Service’s protection of the White House compound.
Mr. Hauck started his career as an associate at Jenner & Block in 2001 and became a partner in 2009. During this time, he focused his practice on entertainment, media and First Amendment law.