Kurt W. Meyers Partner

Kurt serves clients in high-stakes criminal and civil matters. He has defended clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, the SEC, the OCC, state attorneys general, state securities divisions and state insurance commissioners.

In 2018, The National Law Journal recognized Kurt as a White Collar, Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer, one of 25 attorneys selected among hundreds of nominees. Kurt works with passion, humility, attention to detail, and creative strategic thinking. Kurt is a trial lawyer and understands the need to approach each matter with a possible trial in mind.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods in 2016, Kurt was chief of the U.S. Attorney's Office Criminal Division, serving in the Western District of North Carolina. As criminal chief, Kurt managed more than 30 federal prosecutors and a total staff of 50, overseeing all federal criminal investigations, litigation and settlements. Before serving as chief, he was deputy chief of the White Collar Crime Unit, and an assistant U.S. attorney (AUSA).

Kurt founded the Western District’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, led its Bank Secrecy Act Team, and conducted and oversaw numerous parallel proceedings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other agencies. During his 11 years as an AUSA, Kurt led hundreds of investigations into complex financial crimes and served as lead or co-lead counsel in 16 federal jury trials involving matters such as accounting fraud, false books and records, misleading auditors, securities fraud, bank fraud, wire and mail fraud, tax evasion, conversion of public funds, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kurt was an associate at an international law firm in Washington, D.C. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Michael A. Ponsor of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, and Judge William S. Cooper of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Experience

First chaired trial conviction (twice) of chief accounting officer of a Fortune 500 company, relating to a seven-year “cookie jar” accounting fraud scheme, a hidden oral side agreement and misleading auditors. (Second trial awarded due to juror misconduct.)

Led investigation and successful prosecution of a Fortune 500 company, resulting in $50 million deferred prosecution agreement on charges of accounting and origination fraud.

Led investigation and successful prosecution of $12 million insider trading ring involving a Fortune 100 financial services company investment banker and 10 co-conspirators.

First chaired trial conviction and led investigation of asset management president and 10 related hedge fund managers for $40 million securities fraud.

Led investigation and successful prosecution of a bank for failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering system in violation of the Bank Secrecy Act.

First chaired trial conviction of certified public accountant and registered investment adviser for $20 million securities fraud and tax fraud relating to hedge fund.

First chaired trial convictions of real estate agent and loan officer for racketeering and bank fraud and led successful investigation of $100 million loan fraud.

First chaired trial conviction of attorney for bank fraud and money laundering for participation in $100 million loan fraud conspiracy.

Trial counsel for the conviction of attorney for $20 million bank fraud, money laundering scheme.

First chaired trial convictions of promoter and underwriter for bank fraud, wire fraud and bribery.

First chaired trial conviction of U.S. Army master sergeant for conversion of public funds, false statements and obstruction of justice.

  • Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, 2001
  • University of Arizona, MA, Philosophy, Ethics, 1998
  • Franklin and Marshall College, BA, magna cum laude, 1994

Co-chair ABA White Collar Crime SE Subcommittee, 2012-present

  • Panelist, "The Yates Memo," American College of Trial Lawyers, March 18, 2016
  • Speaker, "Corporate Criminal Investigations and Parallel Proceedings," North Carolina Bar Association, February 21, 2014
  • Speaker, "The Bank Secrecy Act," Bank of America Investigators Training, September 27, 2012
  • Moderator, "Securities Fraud Conference," American Bar Association, June 13, 2012
  • Panelist, "Federal Sentencing Guidelines: Financial Institution Fraud," National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, May 24, 2012
  • Speaker, "Federal Practical Skills for Young Lawyers: Case Development/Investigation," Mecklenburg County Bar, November 4, 2011
  • Speaker, "Conducting Parallel Proceedings with the Department of Justice," United States Securities and Exchange Commission, June 22, 2011
  • Speaker, "Second Annual Mortgage Fraud Training Conference," North Carolina Commissioner of Banks, December 1, 2010
  • Speaker, "Electronic Case Presentation in Federal District Court," Federal Bar Association, November 5, 2010
  • Speaker, "Mortgage Fraud," North Carolina Real Estate Lawyers Luncheon, October 5, 2010
  • Speaker, "Anatomy of a Fraud," Lawyer's Mutual Risk Management Seminars, October 1 and November 4, 2010
  • Speaker, "Technology in the Courtroom," United States District Court, February 26, 2010
  • Speaker, "Real Estate Investment Fraud," North Carolina State Bar, May 7, 2010
  • Panelist, "Parallel Proceedings," 2010 Southeastern Securities Conference for Regulators, Investigators, and Prosecutors, April 22, 2010
  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Named a "White Collar, Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazers," The National Law Journal, 2018

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