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W. Glenn Merten

W. Glenn Merten



Glenn Merten represents insurance carriers, financial institutions and other corporate clients in a wide range of matters, including complex litigation and class actions, administrative investigations, enforcement actions and compliance issues.

Glenn has extensive experience in litigation involving consumer fraud claims, suitability determinations, bad faith claims, sales practices issues, bankruptcy proceedings, claims of unfair trade practices, all manner of statutory and regulatory violations, and appellate proceedings. He also has substantial experience in employment litigation, life, health, and disability disputes under ERISA, multidistrict consolidation proceedings, negotiating and memorializing employment agreements, antitrust issues, FINRA arbitrations, and settling disputes through alternative dispute resolution.

In addition to his litigation experience, Glenn has extensive experience in state administrative proceedings and investigations. He has guided clients through market conduct examinations, state attorney general investigations, civil investigative demands, Congressional subpoenas, and insurance department investigations. In addition, Glenn has represented insurance companies in numerous administrative hearings involving customer complaints. He also counsels clients in connection with a variety of labor and employment issues, including employee handbooks, collective bargaining requirements, unfair labor practices, and trade secrets and restrictive covenants.

Glenn is a frequent author on a variety of topics, including class action developments, and recently has spoken on current topics in alternative dispute resolution.


  • Curtis v. Cenlar FSB, et al., Case No. Civ. 3007 DLC 2013 WL 5995582 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 12, 2013) (granting motion to dismiss).
  • Rapp v. Green Tree Servicing, LLC, et al., No. 12-CV-2496 (PJS/FLN), 2013 WL 3992442 (D. Minn. Aug. 5, 2013) (granting motion to dismiss  with prejudice ).
  • Cannon v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., et al., 917 F. Supp. 2d 1025 (N.D. Cal. 2013) (granting motion to dismiss all claims against client).
  • Latimer v. Washington Gas Light Co., et al., Case No, 11-CV-571 (E.D. Va. Oct. 4, 2011) (dismissal with prejudice of all claims against client).
  • Rivera v. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 2:10-cv-2266-RLH-GWF, 2011 WL 2619129 and 2011 WL 2608602 (D. Nev. June 30, 2011) (granting motions to dismiss).
  • Rivera v. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 2:10-cv-2266-RLH-GWF, 2011 WL 2938372 (D. Nev. June 28, 2011) (denying motion to remand).
  • MIA Ex rel. R.B. v. Genworth Life and Annuity Co., MIA No. MIA-CC-10-27891 (Maryland Insurance Administration Feb. 1, 2011) (affirming finding of no violation).
  • MIA Ex rel. D.L.P. v. Genworth Life and Annuity Ins. Co., MIA No. MIA-2010-04-0006 (Maryland Insurance Administration July 20, 2010) (affirming finding of no violation).
  • Hardy v. Minnesota Life Ins. Co., Case. No. CV-10-724780 (Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, 2010) (favorable settlement of putative class claims).
  • Turner v. Talbert, 2009 WL 1683297 (M.D. La. June 15, 2009) (denying motion for class certification).
  • Turner v. Talbert, 2009 WL 2356662 (M.D. La. July 30, 2009) (denying motion for reconsideration).
  • Levin v. Minnesota Life Ins. Co., 2008 WL 2704772 (S.D. Tex. 2008) (granting motion to dismiss on all counts).
  • King v. Guardian Life Ins. Co., et al., Case No. 06-cv-0270-UWC (N.D. Ala. 2006); King v. Union Security Life Insurance Co. of New York, Case No. 2:06-cv-1256-RBP-TMP (N.D. Ala. 2006) (dismissing all claims against client).
  • In re American Investors Life Ins. Co. Annuity Marketing and Sales Practices Litig., 398 F. Supp. 2d 1361 (J.P.M.L. 2005) (granting motion to centralize).
  • Topel v. Reliastar Life Insurance Company of New York, 6 A.D.3d 608 (N.Y. App. Div. 2004) (dismissing all claims on appeal).
  • Minton v. American Bankers Insurance Group, 2002 WL 1040984 (S.D. Fla. 2002) (granting motion for summary judgment); aff'd 2003 WL 21303330 (11th Cir. 2003) (per curiam).

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Litigation, Tort and Insurance Practice, and Labor and Employment
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
    • Life, Health, Disability Section

Speaking Engagements

  • "Update on ERISA Retirement Plan Litigation – Including Impact of the DOL Rule,” Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Webinar, Washington (January 17, 2018)
  • "Litigation Forum: FINRA Arbitration and Enforcement Actions," IRI Government, Legal & Regulatory Conference 2014, Washington (July 2014)
  • "FINRA Arbitration and Enforcement Actions Panel," IRI Government, Legal and Regulatory Conference (2013)
  • "Pre-Litigation Dispute Resolution: What's Working?," American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's 38th Annual Midwinter Symposium (January 12-14, 2012)
  • "Arbitration and Dispute Resolution: What is Working?," ACLI Compliance and Legal Sections Annual Meeting (2011)
  • "Litigation Trends: The Continuing Assault on Annuities," NAVA Government and Regulatory Affairs Conference (2008)


  • George Washington University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
  • University of Richmond (B.A., 1994)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia


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