About David Mejia, Louisville Criminal Defense and Criminal Appeals Lawyer
Louisville Criminal Defense Attorney Concentrating in Criminal Defense, Trials, Criminal Appeals, Post Conviction Petitions and Habeas Corpus Petitions
When clients choose a lawyer, they want the best. Lawyers with a “BV Distinguished” rating from Martindale-Hubbell® are those who have been recognized by their peers for excellence in both legal ability and ethical practice. David S. Mejia has received a 2012 BV Distinguished rating as recognized by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings which has been an integral part of the legal community for over 100 years.
For over 30 years David Mejia has concentrated his practice in criminal defense, including the defense of indictments in the federal and state courts, representing individuals charged with conspiracy, racketeering, white collar crimes, tax crimes, narcotic trafficking and corruption. He has also defended hundreds of prosecutions for murder, sex crimes, drug crimes, and assault and battery prosecutions. He is steadfast in fighting for his client's rights. He focuses his knowledge, legal training and talent on providing his clients with the professional and ethical representation the law expects and requires.
Between 1980 and 1990, he was a partner in the private criminal defense law firm Tuite, Mejia & Giacchetti in Chicago. He was a solo practitioner from 1990 to 2002, and from 2002 through 2003, he served as the Trial Division Director with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy where he supervised 26 statewide public defender offices. Since 2004 he has practiced from his Louisville office.
Mr. Mejia has extensive experience as a criminal trial lawyer with an exceptional track record of success. He has tried over 60 federal jury trials, in which he achieved more than 20 not guilty jury verdicts on behalf of his clients in the federal district courts. He has tried hundreds of state court cases. In 30 years of practice in state courts of Illinois and Kentucky, he has achieved not guilty verdicts in 15 murder prosecutions; he has gained reversals in 5 first-degree murder appeals and gained not-guilty verdicts in 25 state court prosecutions for manslaughter, reckless homicide, and attempted murder.
Mr. Mejia has also gained jury acquittals representing individuals indicted and tried before jurys in the following cases:
- A corporate executive (in the federal court found not guilty of mail fraud and money laundering)
- A medical doctor (in the federal court found not guilty of bankruptcy fraud)
- Two businessmen (in two separate cases in the federal courts found not guilty of bribery)
- A corporate executive (in the federal court found not guilty of mail fraud)
- A licensed pharmacist (in federal court found not guilty of narcotic trafficking)
- Two state court judges (in two separate cases in the federal courts found not guilty of racketeering and extortion)
- An individual (in federal court found not guilty of syndicated gambling)
- A police officer (in federal court found not guilty of narcotic trafficking)
- An individual (in federal court found not guilty of weapons violations)
- He has represented scores of individuals indicted in state court who were found not guilty of murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, narcotic trafficking, weapons violations, sexual assault, fraud, theft, prostitution, burglary, arson, and gambling
In addition, in cases where Mr. Mejia was the appeals lawyer, he gained reversals in four murder cases, a reversal of dual natural life sentences of a married couple, and, recently, gained a reversal of both the conviction and sentence for a client who was convicted by a jury of first degree sexual assault and sentenced to natural life.
Criminal Defense – Legal Education
David Mejia graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (BA 1973); and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (JD 1976). He has served as a Speaker at the Illinois, Chicago and Louisville Bar Associations. Also, as a Speaker at the Commissioner's Conference and the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts. He has been a regular legal analyst at WDRB Fox 41 News in Louisville. Additionally, he has been published in many law journals, including articles for the Advocate, Bar Briefs (Louisville Bar Association) and he has authored two CLE chapters in Defending Criminal Cases and Federal Criminal Practice.