Overview

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

He represents a diversity of clients including 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. 

Ron also is a former Navy JAG officer and military judge, and Chairman of the Board of the National Institute of Military Justice.

“A wise man does not speak before one who is greater than he in wisdom or age. He does not interrupt his fellow's words. He does not hasten to answer. His questions are on the subject and his answers to the point. He responds to first things first and to latter things later.”

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
  • First Vice President, Westchester County Magistrates Association
  • Town of Mamaroneck Board of Zoning Appeals (2009 - 2012)

Experience

Experience

  • Head of the Litigation/Alternative Dispute Resolution Group.
  • He has successfully litigated cases ranging from a criminal antitrust case in Montana to a multi-million-dollar tax case in New York, has represented a former Prime Minister of Israel and a former Vice President of the United States, and served as a special counsel to the New York City Bar Association prosecuting the disbarment of Richard Nixon.
  • He 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, and successfully argued a challenge to the constitutionality of the military death penalty.
Prior Employment
  • United States Navy, Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Associate
  • Kornstein Meister & Veisz, Partner
  • Meister Leventhal & Slade, Partner

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Speaking Engagements

Publications

Education

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

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

Admissions

  • 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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