Wilson Barmeyer defends class action lawsuits, complex business litigation matters, and governmental regulatory examinations and audits, with a focus on litigation and regulatory matters involving financial services, life insurance and annuities, and broker-dealers. He also provides advice and guidance on all facets of unclaimed property matters, including audit defense, litigation counsel, compliance and planning strategies.
Wilson's unclaimed property practice focuses on defending companies in multistate unclaimed property audits and litigation. He has defended more than a dozen companies in unclaimed property litigation against multiple states and has represented numerous clients in audits conducted by contingent fee auditors. He advises clients on a wide range of unclaimed property and compliance issues, including gift cards and other stored-value programs and the use of the Social Security Death Master File to identify unclaimed benefits and develop remediation strategies. Wilson has counseled clients on unclaimed property issues across a wide range of industries, including insurance, financial services, broker-dealer, retail, restaurant, technology, media and telecommunications. He works with Sutherland's multidisciplinary team of regulatory, tax, and litigation attorneys to address unclaimed property issues involving new business models and emerging technologies.
Wilson is also a member of Sutherland's Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) team and defends companies in class action litigation under the TCPA. He provides advice on compliance and best practices on TCPA issues, the telemarketing sales rule, CAN-SPAM, and other consumer protection and privacy statutes. He has worked with a wide range of industries on these issues, especially the insurance and financial services industries.
Wilson earned a J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review. He earned a B.A. in Economics, with distinction, from Cornell University and studied at the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the firm, Wilson served as a law clerk for the Honorable William T. Moore, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.
Defeated a motion for class certification in a putative class action against a consumer financial services company, alleging violations of various California consumer and banking laws.
Sutherland represents more than 20 insurers in unclaimed property litigation in West Virginia.
Negotiated the successful resolution of a FINRA investigation of a broker-dealer's internal investigation of a Ponzi scheme where the victims lost approximately $380 million.
Awards and Rankings
Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (2014-2016)
Named to the 2012 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll
Honorable William T. Moore, Jr. of the Southern District of Georgia