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Waldemar J. Pflepsen Jr.

Waldemar J. Pflepsen Jr.

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Overview

Wally Pflepsen represents financial services companies, insurers, and managed care companies in complex and class action litigation nationally regarding their life, pension, health, and investment products. He has handled more than 75 class actions involving a wide variety of insurance and financial products and business practices, as well as having tried numerous cases and argued multiple appeals in federal and state courts over the past three decades. He also has authored numerous articles and papers and co-authored two litigation treatises on insurance, class action, and complex litigation topics, including ERISA. Wally is a past chair of the ABA TIPS Corporate Counsel Committee, a former vice chair of its Litigation Management Subcommittee, and served as a member of an ABA Task Force on class action litigation. He regularly chairs or participates in programs sponsored by legal and trade organizations addressing class action and complex litigation topics.

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Experience

  • Welp v. CIGNA Health and Life Ins. Co., 2017 WL 3263138 (S.D. Fla., July 20, 2017).
  • Patrico v. Voya Fin., Inc., 2017 WL 3684065 (S.D.N.Y., June 20, 2017).
  • McCaffree Fin. Corp. v. Principal Life Ins. Co., 811 F.3d 998 (8th Cir. 2016) (amicus curiae).
  • Merrimon v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of Am., 758 F.3d 46 (1st Cir. 2014), cert. denied, 135 S. Ct. 1182 (2015) (amicus curiae).
  • Rochow v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 780 F.3d 346 (6th Cir. 2015) (amicus curiae).
  • U.S. Bank Nat’l Assn v. PHL Variable Ins. Co., 2014 WL 2199428 (S.D.N.Y. 2014).
  • Fleisher v. Phoenix Life Ins. Co., 18 F. Supp. 3d 456 (S.D.N.Y. 2014).
  • Edmonson v. Lincoln Nat’l Life Ins. Co., 725 F.3d 406 (3d Cir. 2013), cert. denied, 134 S. Ct. 2291 (2014) (amicus curiae).
  • Leimkuehler v. American United Life Ins. Co., 713 F.3d 905 (7th Cir. 2013), cert. denied, 134 S. Ct. 1280 (amicus curiae).
  • Otte v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., appeal voluntarily dismissed, No. 11-1973 (1st Cir. 2013) (amicus curiae).
  • Nationwide Life Ins. Co. v. Haddock, 460 F. App’x 26 (2d Cir. 2012) (amicus curiae).
  • United States ex rel. Loughren v. UNUM Group, 613 F.3d 300 (1st Cir. 2010) (amicus curiae).
  • Halbach v. Great-West Life & Annuity Ins. Co., 561 F.3d 872 (8th Cir. 2009).
  • Davis v. John Hancock Variable Life Ins. Co., 295 F. App’x 245 (9th Cir. 2008).
  • Smith v. John Hancock Ins. Co., 2008 WL 4145709 (E.D. Pa., Sept. 3, 2008).
  • Abatie v. Alta Health & Life Ins. Co., 458 F.3d 955 (en banc) (9th Cir. 2006).
  • Sereboff v. Mid-Atlantic Med. Serv., Inc., 547 U.S. 356 (2006) (amicus curiae).
  • Thorn v. Jefferson-Pilot Life Ins. Co., 445 F.3d 311 (4th Cir. 2006).
  • Bradberry v. John Hancock Mutual Life Ins. Co., 222 F.R.D. 568 (W.D. Tenn. 2004).
  • Bowers v. Jefferson Pilot Financial Ins. Co., 219 F.R.D. 578 (E.D. Mich. 2004).
  • McCord v. Minnesota Mut. Life Ins. Co., 346 F.3d 830 (8th. Cir. 2003).
  • Great-West Life & Annuity Ins. Co. v. Knudson, 534 U.S. 204 (2002).
  • Parkhill v. Minnesota Mut. Life Ins. Co., 286 F.3d 1051 (8th Cir. 2002).
  • Gilbert v. Alta Health & Life Ins. Co., 276 F.3d 1292 (11th Cir. 2001).
  • Benevento, et al. v. LifeUSA Holding, Inc., 242 F.3d 136 (3d Cir. 2001).
  • Mertens v. Hewitt Assocs., 508 U.S. 248 (1993) (amicus curiae).
  • Windsor Sec., Inc. v. Hartford Life Ins. Co., 986 F.2d 655 (3d Cir. 1993).
  • Ziegler v. Connecticut Gen. Life Ins. Co., 916 F.2d 548 (9th Cir. 1990).
  • LaVay Corp. v. Dominion Fed. Sav. & Loan Ass'n, 830 F.2d 522 (4th Cir. 1987), cert. denied, 484 U.S. 1065 (1988).
  • Wemhoff v. Investors Mgmt Corp., 528 A.2d 1205 (D.C. App. 1987), cert. denied, 491 U.S. 906 (1989).

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Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Association of Life Insurance Counsel
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
    • Chair, Corporate Counsel (1997-1998)
    • Vice Chair, Corporate Counsel (1992-1997)
    • Vice Chair, Employee Benefits Law (1995-1997; 2000-2007)
    • Class Action Litigation Task Force of the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section (1998-1999)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Update on ERISA Retirement Plan Litigation – Including Impact of the DOL Rule,” Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Webinar, Washington (January 17, 2018)
  • “The Hottest Litigation Topics from the Year in Review,” Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Government, Legal and Regulatory Conference, Washington (June 12, 2017)
  • “Cost of Insurance Rate Litigation: Summer of 2016 Heat Wave,” ALIC Regional Roundtable, Washington (September 22, 2016)
  • “Litigation and Enforcement under the DOL Fiduciary Rule and the BIC Exemption,” IRI Government, Legal & Regulatory Conference, Washington (June 6, 2016)
  • “Recent Developments in Annuity and Life Insurance Litigation,” Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Webinar, Washington (May 11, 2016)
  • “Answering The ‘Top Ten’ Key Questions About The DOL Fiduciary Rule,” Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Webinar, Washington (March 8, 2016)
  • "Class Actions and Complex Litigation: Update on Latest Filings and Theories," ACI National Advanced Forum on Life Insurance Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement & ERM, New York (January 25, 2016)
  • "Latest Developments and Trends in Significant Annuity and Life Insurance Litigation," IRI Government, Legal and Regulatory Conference, Washington (July 2015)
  • "Cost of Insurance Rate Adjustments: Insights on Planning, Exposure and Litigation Preparation," Carlton Fields Webinar (October 2014)
  • "Litigation Forum: Latest Developments and Trends in Significant Annuity and Life Insurance Litigation," IRI Government, Legal & Regulatory Conference, Washington (July 2014)
  • Multiple industry and bar group conferences on various insurance and litigation topics

Credentials

Education
  • American University (J.D., 1976)
  • Michigan State University (B.A., 1973)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Michigan
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh 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, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Background

  • Judicial Clerkships with The Honorable Patricia J. Boyle and Honorable Lawrence Gubow, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

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