Anna C. Haac is a Partner in Tycko & Zavareei’s Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on consumer protection class actions and whistleblower litigation. Her prior experience at Covington & Burling LLP, one of the nation’s most prestigious defense-side law firms, gives her a unique advantage when representing plaintiffs against large companies in complex cases. Since arriving at Tycko & Zavareei, Ms. Haac has represented consumers in a wide range of practice areas, including product liability, false labeling, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and predatory financial practices. Her whistleblower practice involves claims for fraud on federal and state governments across an equally broad spectrum of industries, including health care fraud, customs fraud, and government contracting fraud.
Ms. Haac has helped secure multimillion dollar relief on behalf of the classes and whistleblowers she represents. In addition, she has been instrumental in securing key appellate victories, including a recent landmark decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which held as a matter of first impression that the evasion of customs duties for failing to mark imported goods with their foreign country of origin gives rise to a claim under the False Claims Act. Ms. Haac also serves as the D.C. Co-Chair of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and as Co-Chair of the Antitrust and Consumer Law Section Steering Committee of the D.C. Bar.
Ms. Haac earned her law degree cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2006 and went on to clerk for the Honorable Catherine C. Blake of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Prior to law school, Ms. Haac graduated with a B.A. in political science with highest distinction from the Honors Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ms. Haac is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland state bars. She is also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits and the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, District of Maryland, and the Eastern District of Michigan.
Leadership Positions and Recognitions
-CONSUMER LAW: Super Lawyers Rising Star (Washington DC 2015)
-Co-Chair of Antitrust & Consumer Protection Section of District of Columbia Bar
-National Association of Consumer Advocates, District of Columbia Co-Chair
Discussion Leader, “Practical Ideas about Properly Framing the Issues and Educating the Court and Public in Filings Responding to Increasing Attacks on Class Action Settlements and Fees,” Invitation-Only Cambridge Forum on Plaintiffs’ Class Action Litigation (May 2020)
Speaker, “Anatomy of a Class Action,” National Association of Consumer Advocates (April 2020)
Panelist, “Rule 23(f) & Interlocutory Class Action Appeals,” National Consumer Law Center Class Action Symposium (November 2019)
Panelist, “Emerging Practice Areas,” Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference (October 2019)
Moderator, “Current Landscape of Consumer Protection Enforcement at the Federal, State, and Individual Levels,” D.C. Bar Antitrust and Consumer Law Institute (September 2019)
Panelist, “False Claims Act 101,” Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference (October 2018)
Speaker, “Nuts & Bolts of False Claims Act Practice,” American Bar Association Public Contract Law Fall Conference (Nov. 2018)
Panelist, “Developments in Reverse False Claims Liability,” Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference (Nov. 2017)
News & Press Mentions
“Court Unseals Documents and Grants Class Certification in Case against General Electric Company Alleging Dangerous Potential of Microwave Glass Doors to Spontaneously Shatter and Explode,” PR Newswire (March 16, 2017)
Moyer, Justin Wm., “Lawsuit alleges JPMorgan Chase bilks D.C. jurors with high debit card fees,” The Washington Post (Feb. 10, 2017)
“U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Issues Landmark Decision Holding that Failing to Properly Mark Imports with their Foreign Country of Origin Can Give Rise to False Claims Act Liability,” National Law Review (Oct. 6, 2016)
Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation, “In Face of Class Action Lawsuit, Delaware Medicaid Removes Unlawful Restrictions to the Cure for the Hepatitis C Virus,” Health Law & Policy, News Blog (June 8, 2016)
Articles & Publications:
The Maryland State Bar Association, Inc.’s April 2013 bulletin, which can be viewed here.
Co-author of the 2012 edition of the District of Columbia Employment Privacy Law Section of the MLRC 50-State Survey of Employment Libel and Privacy Law.
Federal Contractor Whistleblowers Now Permanently Protected from Retaliation (December 20, 2016)
Contractor Pays $500,000 for Not Buying American (June 13, 2014)
Customs Fraud Whistleblower Cases on the Rise (April 25, 2014)
Record Healthcare Fraud Recoveries Under U.S. False Claims Act (April 1, 2013)