How did you get into litigation? by Stephen Meister, real estate attorney





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Stephen Meister divides his national practice into two major areas: high profile litigations, frequently real estate related, and large complex real estate transactions. Mr. Meister is well known nationwide for his comprehensive knowledge of real estate matters, battle-tested trial skills, and the powerful deal making presence he brings to difficult, high stakes negotiations.
During his thirty years of experience, Mr. Meister has acted as lead trial attorney on a number of hard fought, high stakes federal and state court actions. For example, he obtained a last minute temporary restraining order stopping the Bank of America, Wells Fargo and the Fed from wiping out $2.4 billion of mezzanine debt, which subsequently drove the Extended Stay Hotel chain into bankruptcy. Mr. Meister is also well-known for his expertise in complex lender liability cases, real estate and mezzanine foreclosures, affordable housing cases, mandamus proceedings against state and municipal agencies, rent stabilization laws, contract disputes, business tort actions, legal malpractice and brokerage commission claims.
Mr. Meister, in his own right, is a successful real estate investor, developer, businessman and accomplished multi-engine instrument rated pilot. Mr. Meister brings a practical business approach to all legal representations. He represents diversified clients including individual real estate entrepreneurs and investors, bankers, hedge funds and private real estate equity funds.

Meister shares the story of how he transitioned from being a real estate transactional lawyer to being a litigator after losing $100,000 in penny stocks. He tells of how he sued the CEO of the company he had invested in and came up against an experienced litigator and why this led to a change in career focus.

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