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Meet Susan | Attorney

Susan L. Meter

Attorney

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Susan Meter decided to become an attorney after working for BlackRock Financial Management’s retirement services department. She attended law school with the desire to become an ERISA attorney. She was a law clerk during her three years of law school for a boutique law firm in San Diego. Following law school, she continued to work for the same firm as an ERISA attorney where she got her first taste of plaintiff advocacy. In 2014, Susan decided to expand her horizon and joined a defense firm. After four years on the defense side, Susan longed to return to plaintiff advocacy. In 2018, Susan joined Kantor & Kantor and opened the firm’s San Diego location.

Susan has represented clients in a variety of employee benefits matters and has a wide range of experience with qualified retirement plans, executive compensation plans, and disability and life insurance benefits. Susan’s practice currently focuses on retirement plan ERISA breach of fiduciary duty and benefit claim denials. She has appeared before numerous federal courts on a wide variety of ERISA issues. Susan enjoys building a strong rapport with her clients to achieve successful results. She is well respected by her peers who praise her ethics, leadership, and success in her ERISA practice.

Aside from her law practice, Susan has been an active leader in the San Diego community. As a way to give back to the community of San Diego, she has organized and participated in numerous volunteer community service events including Community Housing Works program, Free Law clinics sponsored by the San Diego County Bar Association, as well as Share our Strength, Taste of the Nation, and Wills for Heroes.

Susan was born in Aberdeen, Washington and lived there until she was 15 years old. She then moved with her mother and brother to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she attended high school and college at the University of Pittsburgh. She returned to the West Coast where she attended law school in 2001. Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends and doing all things artistic: painting, singing, playing guitar, gardening, and building furniture. In fact, Susan built her kids a clubhouse and built herself a home office.

Admissions:

  • State Bar of California, 2005
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California (pending)

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, California Western School of Law, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, University of Pittsburgh, 1999

Notable Decisions:

  • Fleming v. Unum Life Insurance Company, No. 17-01576-CJC, 2018 WL 6133859 (C.D. Cal. Nov. 20, 2018). (overturning Unum’s denial of long term disability benefits to plaintiff).
  • Martin v. DPR Construction, No. 19-cv-03254, 2019 WL 6912005 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 19, 2019). (denying motion to dismiss breach of contract claim as not preempted by ERISA).
  • Omni v. Hartford, No. 06CV0921, 2006 WL 8455626 (S.D. Cal. 2006) (denying motion to compel arbitration of ERISA breach of fiduciary duty claims).
  • John Balsley v. Delta Star Employee Stock Ownership, No. C09-2952-THE, 2009 WL 4823196 (N.D. Cal. 2009) (partial denial of motion to dismiss breach of fiduciary duty claims for omissions and misrepresentations to plaintiff to induce him to sell his shares in the ESOP before announcing record sales year resulting in significant increase in share price).
  • Canova v. Trustees of Imperial Irrigation District Employee Pension Plan, No. D048156, 150 Cal.App.4th 1487 (2007) (Appellate court reversed trial court decision finding plaintiffs’ claims to invalidate the rollover and compel reversion of the retirement plan back to the pension plan were not required to comply with government claims act because the claims did not seek monetary damages).

Honors and Memberships:

  • Advisory Board, SkyBlue ESOP (since 2019)
  • Best of the Bar, San Diego Business Journal, 2014
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Young New Lawyers Division, Chair of Community Service (2005-2010).
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Executive Committee, Community Service (2010-2012).
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Co-Chair of Wills for Heroes (2010-2015).
  • Former Board Member, Western Pension & Benefits Conference
  • USS Carl Vinson Distinguished Visitor Program, chosen to attend as a community leader in San Diego (2013)

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Free Case Consultations Provided
  • 160+ Years' Collective Experience
  • Thousands Of Cases Successfully Handled
  • You Don't Pay Us Unless We Recover Your Claim
  • Selected For Inclusion In The List Of Super Lawyers®

Client Testimonials

  • With you in my corner, I felt enabled and no longer alone.

    “Seemingly at the end of my rope with nowhere to turn, a friend suggested I call the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, who referred me to you. From our first contact I began to feel hope where there had been none. You took over all communication with the insurance company. You kept me posted as things progressed and advised me as to each necessary action. What a relief you were! With you in my corner, I felt enabled and no longer alone. Some big insurance companies feel emboldened to take arbitrary action against those who do not have the resources to defend what is rightfully theirs. Thank goodness for people like you who advocate for folks in need. In closing, please know how very much our association has meant. You have restored my faith in the goodness of people and renewed my confidence in the future. I am forever grateful.”

    Shirley G.

  • Your kindness will never be forgotten.

    “Dear Glenn, Several weeks ago, you graciously met with my husband and me and provided us with invaluable advice vis a vis his application for Long Term Disability and the Voluntary Transition Plan offered by his employer. Your calming presence and thoughtful guidance was so gratefully appreciated and we both felt much lighter as we left your office. We are pleased to advise you that David's application for LTD was approved the day after we met with you (sigh of relief)! Had it not been, we knew when were we would go for representation. We both want to thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity of spirit. Your kindness will never be forgotten. With Warmest Regards, Lori and David C.”

    Lori & David

  • First of all, I want to express my extreme gratitude for probably saving my daughter's life.

    “First of all, I want to express my extreme gratitude for probably saving my daughter's life. By staying in treatment, the improvement is remarkable. She had been in eating disorder facilities many times, and treatment had been interrupted repeatedly by Anthem Blue Cross's denying benefits. Many of the health professionals were telling me that maybe my daughter was a hopeless case. You both gave me hope. She is still struggling with some residual issues around eating, but the change in her attitude, her ability to assess her own recovery, and her wish to live instead of to die, is evident in her life. Now she is back in school, after years of having her education disrupted by the eating disorder. She goes places with friends, and even goes out to restaurants for fun! This year marked the first holiday season for many years, when she had not been in a treatment facility. Other people gave up and you didn't. I can't thank you enough. You took the action that was necessary to keep my daughter in treatment long enough for it to work.”

    Anonymous

  • I won the appeal.

    “Hi Glenn- This is a very belated thank you for your generous assistance and advice last summer, when I was appealing UBH's decision for my son. I won the appeal, at least for care at the partial hospitalization level (they wouldn't budge on residential, but the facility was accepting the partial care reimbursement for residential treatment). But the appeal was a great moral victory, and I think it's a great thing to have in the record, just in case he needs to go for treatment again. Thanks again for your generous help, I was very grateful for it. Wishing you a most happy Thanksgiving.”

    Terry S.

  • You are the light in the darkness for all of us.

    “Lisa- You are the light in the darkness for all of us in the eating disorder community. I believe that you were born to take on these challenges.”

    Pam S.