David Meier

Biography

David Meier, a partner at Todd & Weld LLP, specializes in the areas of criminal defense and government investigations. A trial attorney for over 25 years, Mr. Meier represents private individuals and companies during the pre-charging investigation stages, throughout grand jury proceedings, and at trials in state and federal court. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized as among the best in his field by New England Super Lawyers and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. In 2012-2013, Mr. Meier served as Special Counsel to Governor Deval Patrick in overseeing the investigation into the identification of all individuals potentially impacted by the alleged misconduct at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health drug laboratory.

Mr. Meier represents a full range of clients, including executives and companies faced with internal corporate fraud or other white collar investigations, public officials and other professionals under investigation for alleged corruption or ethical violations, private individuals alleged to have committed serious felonies, sexual assaults, or death-related crimes, and students facing disciplinary proceedings at academic institutions. His practice includes matters investigated and prosecuted in state and federal court by local District Attorneys' Offices, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, and the United States Attorney's Office.

Mr. Meier brings the perspective of two decades of professional experience as a prosecutor to his trial work on behalf of individuals and companies. Prior to joining Todd & Weld LLP, Mr. Meier served for 12 years as the Chief of Homicide in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, supervising the investigation, prosecution, and trial of all homicides occurring within the City of Boston. As a prosecutor, he was involved in the post-conviction review and investigation of numerous cases leading to the release of defendants wrongfully convicted of murder and other criminal charges. Upon leaving the District Attorney's Office, a Boston Globe columnist noted that cases handled by Mr. Meier as a homicide prosecutor "exemplify his devotion to truth over expedience."

In 2007, Mr. Meier was recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a "Lawyer of the Year," an award granted for "integrity, professionalism, and determination." He was cited for "working behind the scenes to seek justice for victims and their families, as well as those who had been wrongfully convicted." In 2004, he was awarded the Prosecutor of the Year award by the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association. That same year, a Boston Magazine article profiled Mr. Meier's extraordinary work in the area of wrongful convictions.

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  • Background
  • Professional Activities
    • Trustee and Board Member, New England Innocence Project, 2008-Present
    • Co-Chair, Criminal Justice Task Force, Boston Bar Association, 2008-Present
    • Member of Criminal Law Section, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2008-Present
    • Member of Criminal Law Section Steering Committee, Boston Bar Association, 2000-Present
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Supreme Judicial Court Probation Advisory Board, 2011-Present
    • Faculty Member, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshops, Yale Law School Teaching Workshops, Suffolk University Law School Teaching Workshops, and various MCLE Trial Practice Courses, Seminars, and Programs
  • Publications / Lectures
    • Co-Author, Getting It Right (The Bulletin, American College of Trial Lawyers, Fall 2013)
    • Co-Editor, Getting It Right: Improving the Accuracy and Reliability of the Criminal Justice System in Massachusetts (Boston Bar Association Criminal Justice Task Force, 2008-2009)
    • Contributing author to articles published in the New England Law Review, Boston Bar Journal, Massachusetts Criminal Law Handbook, and MCLE practice manuals.
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Named one of "2016 Best Lawyers in America" in Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar; Criminal Defense: White Collar, August 2015
    • Named a "2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in New England Super Lawyers in Boston Magazine, November, 2014
    • Named one of "Boston's Top Rated Lawyers" by Legal Leaders™ based upon AV Preeminent Rating® by Martindale-Hubbell®, February 2014
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Named a "Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of New England Super Lawyers magazine
    • Named one of the ten “Lawyers of the Year” Lawyers Weekly, 2007
    • Named “Prosecutor of the Year” Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, 2004
    • Named “Lawyer of the Year” Frank J. Murray Inns of Court, 2004
    • Recipient of the “Paul R. McLaughlin Award for a Career Marked by Courage in the Pursuit of Justice” Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, 2004
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