Glenn Burhans, Jr.

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Tallahassee
850-329-4850
gburhans@stearnsweaver.com
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Glenn represents clients in complex civil and government-related matters across the country. He focuses on class actions, governmental investigations, election and political activity law, and administrative proceedings. Glenn also consults on drafting proposed legislation and ballot initiatives, conducts internal investigations, and handles appeals in various federal and state jurisdictions.

Glenn’s intellectual property experience includes trademark and copyright litigation and application processes.

     

Representative Experience
Complex Commercial and Class Action Litigation
  • Lead trial counsel for Department of Defense contractor in an action alleging breach of $90 million teaming agreement, misappropriation of trade secrets and tortious interference. 
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of global petroleum marketer in defense of an action challenging resolution of underground storage tank claims; defended case through final appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court, which affirmed the judgment below. 
  • Lead counsel for global retailer in federal class action challenging the marketing and pricing of generic headache and migraine relief products. Secured dismissal of claims for deceptive and unfair trade practices, violation of the Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act, and unjust enrichment. 
  • Lead trial counsel for Florida state agency in federal class action alleging due process violations relating to the agency’s benefit reduction notices.
  • Obtained summary judgment on issue of first impression construing insurance coverage of actual charges for protective and supportive cancer treatments; defended case through final appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which affirmed the judgment below. 
  • Defended insurers in nationwide class action litigation seeking coverage of billed versus actual charges for medical treatments. 
  • Defended global integrated energy corporation in multiple class actions for property damages arising from alleged exposure to contaminated groundwater. 
  • Represented County Clerk of Court in putative class action involving imposition of case re-opening fees; action dismissed prior to class certification and affirmed on appeal. 
  • Represented internet-based gold and jewelry buyer in defense of nationwide class action alleging deceptive and unfair trade practices; class certification was denied.
  • Secured dismissal of putative class action alleging discriminatory and predatory consumer lending practices against a leading financial institution under the Fair Housing Act and Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, and defeated the appeal of same in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of international law firm in action alleging fraudulent inducement and third-party action for indemnification with respect to distribution of $42.5 million settlement.

Administrative Law, Governmental Litigation & Investigations

  • National counsel for global integrated energy corporation in multiple state investigations and litigation arising from alleged underground petroleum storage tank liabilities. 
  • Defended major Florida health system in $30 million claims bill proceedings arising out of action for medical negligence (infant brain injury and permanent disabilities). 
  • Lead outside counsel to Florida state agency responsible for managing docket of nearly 2,000 administrative law matters involving Medicaid fair hearings, including oversight of state-wide hearing team of 20 attorneys.
    • Developed and implemented: case management and tracking database; witness training program for agency’s personnel; training program for hearing attorneys; standardized pleadings, discovery documents, evidentiary submissions, and hearing procedures.
  • Represented Native American Indian Tribe regarding the validity of a gaming compact between the Tribe and Florida's Governor, including a Quo Warranto proceeding in the Florida Supreme Court. 
  • Represented County Sherriff’s office in $31 million claims bill proceedings arising out of action for vehicular negligence (brain injury and permanent disabilities).
  • Governmental investigation representations include: energy companies, major group of car rental companies; for-profit colleges and career educational institutions, national furniture manufacturer and retailer; direct mail and digital marketers; retailers; and annuities brokerage firm.

Election and Political Activity Law

  • Counsels federal and state office holders and candidates, political committees, corporations, foundations, lobbyists, and high net-worth individuals with respect to election law, campaign finance compliance, and lobbying activities.
  • Represented Florida Governor and Secretary of State in mandamus and quo warranto proceedings before Florida Supreme Court challenging gubernatorial appointments to fill judicial vacancies. 
  • Policy development, strategic consulting, and drafting of proposed legislation and ballot initiatives. 
  • Represented a national membership organization and other advocacy groups in a voters' rights challenge to Florida's "no match, no vote" law.
  • Represented congressional candidate in election contests arising from the alleged malfunction of touch-screen voting machines.
    • Served as lead trial counsel in concurrent election contests brought under the Federal Contested Election Act in the United States House of Representatives and under Florida law in state court.
    • Coordinated a multi-county recount effort and interfaced with county and state elections officials concerning post-election parallel testing and software auditing.
  • Lead trial counsel for the Florida Department of Health and Board of Dentistry in an action challenging the constitutionality of a Florida statute regulating dental specialty advertising. 
  • Lead trial counsel for a Florida House candidate in an action under Florida’s "resign-to-run" statute. 
  • Trial counsel for citizens’ group sponsor of proposed Hillsborough County charter amendment providing for an elected county mayor.
  • Coordinated canvassing board monitoring teams for opponent of citizens’ initiative petition.
  • Litigation and counseling with respect to Florida’s Public Records Act and Sunshine Laws.

Toxic Tort & Products Liability

  • Represented global integrated energy corporation in defense and settlement of an environmental class action and companion medical monitoring suit.
  • Defended global integrated energy corporation in toxic tort action for personal and emotional injuries arising from the alleged exposure to contaminated groundwater.
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tallahassee, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2017-2018
  • Florida Bar Association, Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, 2006-2013
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
Recognition
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2010-2017

Contact

Tallahassee Office
Highpoint Center
106 East College Avenue - Suite 700
Tallahassee, FL  32301
850-580-7200 phone
850-580-7200 fax


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    Miami, FL 33130

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    SunTrust Financial Centre
    401 East Jackson Street
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    Tampa, FL 33602

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  • Fort Lauderdale

    New River Center
    200 East Las Olas Boulevard
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    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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  • Tallahassee

    Highpoint Center
    106 East College Avenue
    Suite 700
    Tallahassee, FL 32301

    Phone: (850) 580-7200

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