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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 manufacturers, publishers, cable television companies, housing cooperatives, copyright and trademark owners, theater producers, religious organizations, civil liberties organizations, corporate executives, attorneys, a former Prime Minister of Israel, a former Vice President of the United States, and individuals and companies in the milk, jewelry, concrete, electrical contracting, news, entertainment, and kosher food industries.
  • Mr. Meister served as a special counsel to the New York City Bar Association prosecuting the disbarment of Richard Nixon, and argued a successful challenge to the constitutionality of the military death penalty.
  • As a former Navy JAG officer and judge, Mr. Meister is experienced with the military justice system and has represented clients, prepared Supreme Court briefs, and lectured with respect to military law matters.

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, Westchester County
  • Secretary, 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

  • Annual General Meeting of the C.S. Forester Society, Stockholm, 09.2016
  • When Orders and Ethics Don't Mix, U.S. Torture of Detainees as a Human Rights Violation,
    Michigan State University College of Law, Talsky Center Lecture Series, 03.2016
  • Recent Developments in New York State Tax Law, 
    Broadband Tax Institute, Annual Reports 2007 - 2009
  • The Military and the Commander-in-Chief
    Moderator, Guantanamo Bay Teach-in, Seton Hall Law School, 10.2006
  • ORPS and VOIP: Substance and Procedure in New York State Communications Tax
    Broadband Tax Institute, 11.2005
  • Cornell Law School, Berger International Law Speaker Series, 10.2004
  • Serving Clients Well: Avoiding Malpractice and Ethical Pitfalls in the Practice of Law
    Practising Law Institute (Co-chair), 10.1999



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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