George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1982

  • Member, The George Washington Law Review

The Ohio State University, B.A., 1977

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William K. Meyer


William K. Meyer focuses his practice on civil and white collar criminal litigation. His civil practice has included work on successful class action cases related to violations of Medicaid law in both state and federal courts; representing patients and healthcare providers in class action cases against insurance companies under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); class actions against mortgage lenders related to violations of Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA); a variety of intellectual property civil cases; a notable ERISA pension case won against the NFL pension plans; and construction arbitration matters. As a criminal defense attorney, he has represented individual and corporate defendants in federal criminal investigations.

Before joining Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, Bill was a partner in a Baltimore law firm, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, and the founder and owner of an internet sports business that provided statistical services for fantasy baseball, basketball, and football leagues for nearly 20 years before being acquired in 2006 by a unit of NBC Sports. Prior to his careers in law and business, Bill worked as a reporter for two daily newspapers in Ohio.

  • Spearheaded a team of Zuckerman Spaeder lawyers who in 2016 successfully obtained a $33 million settlement in an ERISA class action against New Jersey’s largest health insurer based on claims that it systematically denied or bundled healthcare reimbursement to more than 9,500 chiropractors, one of the largest ERISA class action settlements on record.
  • Represented a prominent Mid-Atlantic construction company accused by the federal government of large-scale minority contracting fraud, charges that the firm persuaded the government to drop, after a five-year criminal investigation, without any criminal charges or civil fines.
  • Won a multimillion-dollar judgment in retroactive benefits and other relief from the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan on behalf of the family of ex-Steelers great Mike Webster, who suffered brain damage as a result of multiple concussions. The case was the first-ever win against the NFL pension plans, and paved the way for public, media, and federal legislative scrutiny of the benefits available to retired players. The firm continues to represent additional NFL players and their families in similar suits.
  • Represented a class of Maryland nursing home residents in a novel challenge of the state’s formula for calculating Medicaid reimbursements to nursing homes for long-term care. In a first-in-the-nation lawsuit, Zuckerman Spaeder sued the Maryland’s health department under federal civil rights laws, alleging that the state’s formula failed to take account of a federally-mandated deduction for Medicaid beneficiaries’ pre-eligibility nursing home expenses. The case was settled, with the state agreeing to a series of programmatic changes to ensure the correct application of the reimbursement formula in the future, resulting in increased Medicaid benefits and a substantial reduction in nursing homes’ uncompensated care. As part of the settlement—one of the two largest settlements or judgments ever against the state of Maryland— the state agreed to pay up to $16 million to remedy past underpayments.
  • Represented a large hospital in successful proceedings before Maryland’s Health Care Commission to obtain permission to perform non-emergency angioplasty as part of a long-term research protocol examining the expansion of such critical, life-prolonging procedures.
  • Represented environmental groups in their successful challenge under the Endangered Species Act of placement of wind turbines near bat hibernacula.

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