Kurt W. Meyers


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

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

Kurt is a partner in the Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation group. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Kurt was the Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office, serving in the Western District of North Carolina. As Criminal Chief, Kurt managed over thirty federal prosecutors and a total staff of fifty, 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 United States 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 eleven years as an AUSA, Kurt led hundreds of investigations into complex financial crimes and served as lead or co-lead counsel in sixteen 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. Kurt began his legal career serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Ponsor of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, and the Honorable William S. Cooper of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

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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 ten co-conspirators.

First chaired trial conviction and led investigation of asset management president and ten 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 advisor 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.

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

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