Litigator Wilson Barmeyer defends class action lawsuits and other complex business litigation matters. He represents clients in commercial litigation involving financial services, life insurance and annuities, consumer finance and tax controversy. His practice also includes providing counsel during governmental investigations and unclaimed property audits.
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 Southern District of Georgia.
Sutherland defeats class certification in California case alleging misconduct and unfair competition in consumer lending.
Sutherland defeated a motion for class certification in a putative class action against our client, a consumer financial services company, alleging violations of various California consumer and banking laws. Relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the court denied the plaintiffs' motion for class certification. Plaintiffs' claims are proceeding on an individual basis.
Sutherland represents more than 20 insurers in unclaimed property litigation in West Virginia.
In litigation against more than 50 life insurance companies, the West Virginia state treasurer alleged that insurers have an affirmative duty to search for information about possible deaths of policyholders and to seek out potential claimants. Sutherland attorneys are defending many of these cases and playing a key role in the litigation.
Awards and Rankings
Named to the 2012 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll
Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Georgia
Volunteer Attorney, DC Bar Pro Bono Program
Member, American Constitution Society