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Gregory R. Merz

Greg Merz has represented individuals and companies in litigation matters covering a wide variety of subject matters, including telecommunications, agribusiness, administrative law, health & human services, employment, breach of contract, antitrust, franchise & distribution, and professional licensing matters.

Greg focuses much of his practice in the health law sector, representing insurers, hospitals, clinics, and physician groups, as well as in telecommunications, where he represents a wide range of competitive telephone carriers. In the agricultural industry, Greg's clients have included agricultural lenders, cooperatives, providers of agricultural products and services, and farmers ranging from large corporate farming operations to family farms.

Greg has appeared before state and federal trial and appellate courts. In addition to appearing in court, Greg also has an extensive administrative law practice, representing clients in rulemakings, contested case proceedings, and investigation, and enforcement actions before numerous governmental agencies, including the Attorney General’s Office, the Public Utilities Commission, the Department of Health, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Human Rights, the Board of Medical Practice, the Board of Psychiatry, the Board of Nursing, and the Gambling Control Board. 

Representative Experience

  • Hawkes Co., Inc. v. U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers, 0:13-cv-00107-ADM-TNL, 2017 WL 359170 (D. Minn. Jan. 24, 2017)
  • Dagher v. Saudi Refining Inc., 369 F.3d 1108 (9th Cir. 2004), rev’d 547 U.S. __ (2006)
  • In re Qwest’s Wholesale Service Quality Standards, 678 N.W.2d 58 (Minn. Ct. App. 2004), rev’d, 702 N.W.2d 746 (Minn. 2005)
  • Seman v. FMC Corp. Retirement Plan for Hourly Employees, 334 F.3d 728 (8th Cir. 2003), on remand, 2004 WL 329237 (D. Minn. 2004)
  • Metro Motors, LLC v. Nissan Motor Corp. in USA, 170 F.Supp.2d 888 (D. Minn. 2001), aff’d, 339 F.3d 746 (8th Cir. 2003)
  • Miniel v. Cockrell, 339 F.3d 331 (5th Cir. 2003)
  • Treanor v. MCI Telecommunications Corp., 200 F.3d 570 (8th Cir. 2000)
  • Metro Ride, Inc. v. Shields, 1998 WL 204499 (Minn. Ct. App. 1998)
  • United States v. Days Inns of America, 151 F.3d 822 (8th Cir. 1998)
  • United States v. Days Inns of America, 1998 WL 461203 (E.D. Cal. 1998)
  • United States v. Days Inns of America, 22 F.Supp.2d (E.D. Ky. 1998)
  • United States v. Days Inns of America, 997 F.Supp. 1080 (C.D. Ill. 1998)
  • United States v. Days Inns of America, 935 F.Supp. 874 (W.D. Tex. 1996)
  • Banbury v. Omnitrition Int’l, 533 N.W.2d 706 (Minn. Ct. App. 1995)
  • Matter of Investigation of IntraLATA Equal Access and Presubscription, 532 N.W.2d 583 (Minn. Ct. App. 1995)
  • Roberts v. KinderCare Learning Centers, 896 F.Supp. 921 (D. Minn. 1995)
  • Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota, Inc. v. Gomez, 843 F.Supp. 1314 (D. Minn. 1994), aff’d, 51 F.3d 137 (8th Cir. 1994)
  • Burnette Techno-Metrics v. TSI, Inc., 44 F.3d 641 (8th Cir. 1994)
  • Williams v. Hlavka, 1994 WL 455660 (Minn. Ct. App. 1994)
  • Banbury v. Omnitrition Int’l, 818 F.Supp. 276 (D. Minn. 1993)
  • Minnesota Developmental Achievement Center Ass’n v. Haas-Steffen, 1993 WL 654022 (Minn. Ct. App. 1993)
  • Jordano v. Steffen, 787 F.Supp. 886 (D. Minn. 1992)
  • Mary Ellen Pinkham v. Sara Lee, 983 F.2d 824 (8th Cir. 1992)
  • T.I.W., Inc. v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., 808 F.Supp. 1399 (D. Minn. 1992)
  • In re Guardianship of Lahr, 1991 WL 245352 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991)
  • Falkirk Mining Co. v. Japan Steel Works, 906 F.2d 369 (8th Cir. 1990)
  • Onan Corp. v. Industrial Steel Corp., 770 F.Supp. 490 (D. Minn. 1990)

Court Memberships

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors

  • Individual Attorney Diversity Award, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2017
  • “North Star Lawyers,” Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012, 2014-2019
  • Gray Plant Mooty’s first Pro Bono All Star
  • Pro Bono Public Award for Distinguished Service, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Public Utilities section, Communications Law section, Governing Council, member
  • Presentations to clients and trade associations on a wide variety of topics, including protecting the attorney-client privilege, responding to governmental investigations, e-discovery, health care fraud, antitrust issues, document retention requirements, and the Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act

Community Involvement

  • Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, Board of Directors
  • University of Michigan Law School, instructor of legal research and writing
  • University of Minnesota Law School, instructor of legal research and writing
  • University of St. Thomas Law School, Adjunct Professor, Pretrial Civil Litigation

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