David Meier


Trial Attorney, Todd & Weld LLP

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


A trial attorney for more than 20 years, David E. Meier joined the law firm of Todd & Weld in March, 2008, from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, where he had been the chief of the Homicide Unit since 1996.  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, a Boston Globe columnist 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 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 2017: LAW JD 950 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 David Meier LAW
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
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