Ron Meister concentrates on litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts.

  • Mr. Meister has successfully litigated cases ranging from a criminal antitrust case in Montana to a multi-million-dollar tax case in New York. He has represented a former Prime Minister of Israel, a former Vice President of the United States, as well as manufacturers, publishers, cable television companies, housing cooperatives, copyright and trademark owners, theater producers, religious organizations, civil liberties organizations, corporate executives, financial advisors, attorneys, university professors, and individuals and companies in the news, entertainment, milk, jewelry, concrete, electrical contracting, and kosher food industries.
  • Mr. Meister argued a successful challenge to the constitutionality of the military death penalty and served as a special counsel to the New York City Bar Association prosecuting the disbarment of Richard Nixon. 
  • A former Navy JAG officer and military judge, and Chairman of the Board of the National Institute of Military Justice, Mr. Meister has appeared in military cases on behalf of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, and individuals including a Navy Nurse who refused to force-feed prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, former service members seeking discharge upgrades, and students at military service academies.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Selected for Best Lawyers in New York, Best Lawyers in America, and New York Super Lawyers (current)
  • Thurgood Marshall Award of the New York City Bar Association for pro bono representation of death row defendants
  • Beacon of Justice Award of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (awarded to firm for pro bono litigation on behalf of Guantanamo Bay prisoners)
  • Human Rights Award of the Southern Center for Human Rights (awarded to firm for pro bono litigation on behalf of Guantanamo Bay prisoners)
  • Secretary of the Navy Medal for Achievement

Community & Professional Activities

  • Life Member, American Law Institute
  • Executive Committee, Yale Law School Association (2010 - 2013)
  • Chairman of the Board,  National Institute of Military Justice
  • Town Justice, Town of Mamaroneck, New York
  • Vice President, Westchester County Magistrates Association
  • Town of Mamaroneck Board of Zoning Appeals (2009 - 2012)



  • United States Navy, Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Associate
  • Kornstein Meister & Veisz, Partner
  • Meister Leventhal & Slade, Partner


Speaking Engagements




Lectures at Annual General Meetings of the C.S. Forester Society.

- Hornblower First to Last, Brest, France.  09.2018
- William Bush - a Literary Biography, Greenwich England, 09.2017
- Historical Hermeneutics and Horatio Hornblower, Stockholm, Sweden, 09.216


Yale University (B.A. summa cum laude, 1967)

Yale Law School (J.D. 1970; Board of Editors, Yale Law Journal)


  • New York State
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of International Trade
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