EDUCATIONColumbia University Law School
J.D., James Kent Scholar, 2007
Head Writing & Research Editor, Journal of Law & Social Problems
ADMISSIONSNew York (2007)
U.S. Courts of Appeals:
- Third Circuit (2010)
- Ninth Circuit (2012)
- Second Circuit (2013)
U.S. District Courts:
- D.D.C. (2009)
- S.D.N.Y. (2011)
- E.D.N.Y. (2011)
Wilson Meeks, III
Wilson ("Bill") Meeks, III concentrates his practice on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors.Bill recently litigated In re Genworth Financial Securities Litigation, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Alberta in the notoriously fast-paced jurisdiction of the Eastern District of Virginia – the “rocket docket.” A record-breaking settlement of $219 million was achieved by the plaintiffs on March 14, 2016. The case alleged that Genworth, the largest seller of long-term care insurance in the U.S., misled investors about the true state of its deteriorating long-term care business. On May 1, 2015, U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer denied defendants’ motion to dismiss, ruling that plaintiffs had sufficiently pled securities fraud claims against Genworth and its CEO and CFO. Bill was integral to spearheading the Firm’s discovery efforts, which proceeded at an accelerated pace, and the Firm’s preparations for trial, which had been set for May 16, 2016.
Most recently, Bill was the senior associate on the team that prosecuted the securities litigation against Weatherford International Ltd. on behalf of the Anchorage Police & Fire Retirement System (Freedman v. Weatherford International Ltd., et al.), helping to lead the team that developed the substantive allegations. The case alleged that Weatherford, which made three restatements of audited financials totaling approximately $1 billion, misled investors about the Company’s tax accounting. After more than three years of intense litigation, including 22 depositions and complex expert testimony, plaintiffs reached an outstanding recovery of $120 million on behalf of shareholders.
Prior to joining the firm, Bill was an associate at Labaton Sucharow LLP, where he also prosecuted financial litigation matters on behalf of institutional investors. He previously worked at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he focused on complex securities, commercial and bankruptcy litigation.
Bill completed judicial clerkships with the Honorable James Robertson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, as well as with the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Bill received his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a James Kent Scholar, and was awarded both the Milton B. Conford Book Prize in Jurisprudence and the Samuel I. Rosenman Prize.