David Meier


Trial Attorney, Todd & Weld LLP

BA, cum laude, Amherst College
JD, Boston University School of Law


David E. 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 regularly 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 of Chemist Annie Dookhan at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health drug laboratory.

Mr. Meier joined Todd & Weld in 2008 from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, where he had been the chief of the Homicide Unit for 12 years. As chief of Homicide, Mr. Meier supervised the investigation, prosecution and trial of all homicides occurring within the City of Boston. He was responsible for overseeing all aspects of homicide case investigation and prosecution, including crime scene response, grand jury investigative work, indictment, trial preparation, motion hearings, trial, and post-conviction proceedings. Upon leaving the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office to join Todd & Weld, the Boston Globe noted that cases handled by Mr. Meier as a homicide prosecutor “exemplify his devotion to truth over expedience.”

Mr. Meier was recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a 2007 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, Mr. Meier was awarded the Prosecutor of the Year award by the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association. In 2004, he was also profiled in Boston Magazine for his extraordinary work as a homicide prosecutor in the area of wrongful convictions.

Mr. Meier is an honors graduate of Amherst College and the Boston University School of Law.


3 credits

This seminar will focus upon the substantive law of homicide, as well as the practical aspects of actual homicide investigations and trials: crime scene interpretation; DNA analysis; autopsies and related forensic evidence; expert testimony, particularly in the area of psychiatry and criminal responsibility; jury considerations; ethical concerns; and the role of the media. Students will have the opportunity to study actual murder cases, visit local crime laboratories and courtrooms, and learn prosecution, defense, and judicial perspectives on various contemporary issues arising in murder investigations and trials. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 950 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 David Meier LAW
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 950 A1 , Jan 15th to Apr 23rd 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 David Meier
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