Glenn Merten, a sought-after litigator, represents insurance carriers, service providers and financial institutions in class actions, complex litigation and administrative proceedings. He is the co-leader of the firm’s ERISA litigation team and a member of both the Insurance and Benefits and Executive Compensation practice groups. With more than two decades of experience guiding clients through compliance issues and alternative dispute resolution, Glenn helps shield clients from the cost and risk of litigation. He often represents clients in high-stakes internal investigations and regulatory enforcement actions.


Glenn defends clients in complex litigation and class actions involving consumer fraud claims, fiduciary breach and prohibited transaction claims, suitability determinations, bad-faith claims and sales practices issues. He is particularly experienced defending claims alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and state consumer protection laws.

In addition, Glenn represents clients in a variety of state administrative proceedings and investigations, including:

  • Market conduct examinations
  • State attorney general investigations
  • Civil investigative demands
  • Congressional subpoenas
  • Insurance department investigations

Insurance companies frequently seek Glenn’s representation and counsel for administrative hearings involving customer complaints.

Labor and Employment

Glenn represents companies in benefit plan disputes, including life, health and disability matters. He is highly experienced with matters related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), including fiduciary breach and prohibited transaction claims, as well as ERISA benefits actions. Glenn also counsels clients in connection with labor and employment issues, wage and hour disputes, negotiating and memorializing employment agreements, trade secrets and restrictive covenants.

Representative Experience

  • Patel v. Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC, 904 F.3d 1314 (11th Cir. 2018) (applying filed rate doctrine in affirming dismissal of putative class action)
  • Patrico v. Voya Financial, Inc., 2017 WL 2684065 (S.D.N.Y. June 20, 2017) (dismissal of ERISA fiduciary breach and prohibited transaction claims); 2018 WL 1319028 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 13, 2018) (denying motion for leave to amend to add fiduciary breach and prohibited transaction claims and dismissing with prejudice).
  • Coleman v. Assurant, Inc., No. CV 18-2808 (S.D. Tex. Nov. 27, 2018) (granting motion to compel arbitration in putative collective action asserted under the Federal Labor Standards Act).
  • Lyons v. Litton Loan Servicing LP, 158 F. Supp. 3d 211 (S.D.N.Y. 2016) (applying filed rate doctrine to grant motion to dismiss insurer defendants in putative class action)
  • Klika v. Capital One Bank, N.A., No. C15-0107 (W.D. Wash. 2016) (dismissal at pleading stage of lender-placed insurance allegations)
  • Lee v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, 101 F. Supp. 3d 1293 (S.D. Fla. 2015) (denying class action settlement objector’s demand for discovery concerning settlement payment structure)
  • Montoya v. PNC Bank, N.A., No. CV 14-20474, 2016 WL 1529902 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 13, 2015) (approving nationwide class action settlement over settlement class member objections)
  • Logan v. Union Security Ins. Co., 2015 WL 3745047 (C.D. Cal. 2015) (order dismissing ERISA section 1132(a)(3) claim and other claims against insurer in putative class action concerning payment of accidental death and dismemberment benefits)
  • Miller v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 994 F. Supp. 2d 542 (S.D.N.Y. 2014) (granting motion to dismiss insurer defendants in putative class action challenging certain practices to lender-placed insurance)
  • Weller v. HSBC Mortgage Services, Inc., 971 F. Supp. 2d 1072 (D. Colo. 2013) (compelling named plaintiff to arbitrate claims asserted in putative class action involving lender-placed insurance)
  • 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);,2009 WL 2356662 (M.D. La. July 30, 2009) (denying motion for reconsideration)
  • Burdick v. Union Security Insurance Co., No. CV 07-4028, 2009 WL 4798873 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 9, 2009) (decertifying class claims under California's Unfair Competition and False Advertising Laws)
  • 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)


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York


George Washington University Law School
J.D. cum laude (1997)

University of Richmond
B.A. (1994)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Handbook on ERISA Litigation 
    Co-author, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business/Aspen Publishers (1992) (4th ed. 2015)
  • Managed Care Litigation, Chapter 9: Class Actions
    Co-author, published by ABA Health Law Section and BNA Books (2005) (2d ed. 2013, supp. 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • ERISA Survey of Federal Circuits, Chapter 12: DC Circuit
    Co-author, published by American Bar Association (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)
  • “Class Litigation of Lender-Placed Hazard Insurance”
    Co-author, The Review of Banking & Financial Services, Vol. 30, No. 9 (September 2014)
  • The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy, Chapter 7
    Co-author of Welcome to the Jungle: CAFA Exceptions, published by ABA Book Publishers (2013).
  • “Update on ERISA Retirement Plan Litigation, Including Impact of the DOL Rule”
    Speaker, Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Webinar, Washington (January 17, 2018)
  • “Litigation Forum: FINRA Arbitration and Enforcement Actions” 
    Presenter, IRI Government, Legal & Regulatory Conference 2014, Washington (July 2014)
  • “FINRA Arbitration and Enforcement Actions Panel” 
    Presenter, IRI Government, Legal and Regulatory Conference (2013)
  • “Pre-Litigation Dispute Resolution: What's Working?” 
    Presenter, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's 38th Annual Midwinter Symposium (January 2012)
  • “Arbitration and Dispute Resolution: What Is Working?”
    Presenter, ACLI Compliance and Legal Sections Annual Meeting (2011)
  • “Litigation Trends: The Continuing Assault on Annuities”
    Presenter, NAVA Government and Regulatory Affairs Conference (2008)

Firm Blog Contributions

  • Spotlight on Benefits – a blog offering practical insight on legal developments which impact benefit plans

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation, Tort and Insurance Practice, and Labor and Employment
  • DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar, Life, Health, Disability Section
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