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

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The Ohio State University, B.A., 1977

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William K. Meyer

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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; class action cases against mortgage lenders related to violations of Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA); a variety of intellectual property civil cases; a notable Employee Retirement Income Security Act (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, Mr. Meyer 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, Mr. Meyer worked as a reporter for two daily newspapers in Ohio.

Professional Highlights

  • Mr. Meyer successfully represented a prominent Mid-Atlantic construction company accused by the federal government of large-scale minority contracting fraud, charges that he and his colleagues persuaded the government to drop, after a five-year criminal investigation, without any criminal charges or civil fines.
  • Mr. Meyer and his colleagues obtained a $16 million settlement—one of the largest civil settlements ever with the state of Maryland—to resolve a landmark class action case alleging that the state violated federal Medicaid law by underpayments to nursing homes for long-term care for the indigent.
  • Mr. Meyer and Cy Smith have been leaders in the successful representation of former NFL players in obtaining disability payments from the NFL Disability Plan for injuries caused by on-the-field head trauma and concussions.
  • Successfully 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.
  • We 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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