David Meier, a partner at Todd & Weld LLP, specializes in the areas of criminal defense and government investigations. A trial attorney for over 20 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 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
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 courts 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.
Globe Magazine Focuses on Role of David Meier in Responding to Drug Lab Crisis
16 Todd & Weld Attorneys Named New England Super Lawyers or Rising Stars in Super Lawyers Magazine
Boston Globe Reports Gov. Patrick's Choice of David Meier of Todd & Weld to Lead DPH Drug Lab Review
David Meier and Melinda Thompson of Todd & Weld Obtain Dismissal of Charges for Doctor Before MBRM
David Meier and Melinda Thompson of Todd & Weld Win Acquittal for Tennis Coach
David Meier of Todd & Weld Named to Criminal Justice Working Group
Former Lowell City Councilor Cleared of Potential Corruption Charges by Middlesex DA's Office
Half of Todd & Weld Attorneys Named 2010 "New England Super Lawyers"
David Meier to Lead Educational Symposium on Wrongful Convictions
David Meier Selected to Lead Boston Task Force on Wrongful Convictions
MOVA Presents David Meier with Gerard D. Downing Leadership Award
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
United States District Court, Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Boston University School of Law, J.D.
Amherst College, B.A.
Trustee and Board Member, New England Innocence Project (2008-Present)
Co-Chair, Criminal Justice Task Force, Boston Bar Association (2008-Present)
Boston Bar Association, Member of Criminal Law Section Steering Committee (2000-Present)
Massachusetts Bar Association, Member of Criminal Law Section (2008-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.
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.
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Named a "New England Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 editions of New England Super Lawyers magazine in Boston 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.