Hugh Sandler has over ten years of experience litigating civil actions at both the trial and appellate levels. He has represented defendants and plaintiffs in actions principally under RICO, the Sherman Act, Anti-Terrorism Act, Commodity Exchange Act, Alien Tort Statute, constitutional law, Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering regulations, as well as breach of contract and business-related torts. Mr. Sandler has also represented clients in criminal matters involving DOJ, SEC, FBI, FinCEN, and OCC investigations.
Mr. Sandler’s trial work includes representing plaintiffs in a five-week federal human trafficking, Civil Rights Act, and RICO jury trial. The case achieved the largest jury award for labor trafficking in U.S. history as well as a written apology from the principal trafficking defendant. The case was recognized by the U.S. State Department in its 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. For this trial, Mr. Sandler was recognized (along with his trial co-counsel) as Public Justice’s 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year.
Mr. Sandler has also briefed and argued cases on appeal, including before the Second Circuit where he represented an appellant in Turkmen v. Ashcroft, a constitutional law case that was related to the landmark Iqbal litigation.
Some of Mr. Sandler’s recent case representations include his work as class counsel in In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, 05-md-1720-MKB-JO (E.D.N.Y.); In re Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust Litigation, 16-md-02687-JLL-JAD (D.N.J.); and In re Generics Pharmaceutical Pricing Antitrust Litigation, 16-md-02724-CMR (E.D. Pa.).
Mr. Sandler has been recognized by Thomson Reuters’s Super Lawyers publication as a “Rising Star” every year since 2014.
Mr. Sandler graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2003, with a Joint Honors degree in Economics and Political Science. In 2007, he graduated with Great Distinction from the McGill University Faculty of Law. Following law school, Mr. Sandler clerked for the Honorable Judge Arthur Gans of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Mr. Sandler is proficient in French.