Stephen B. Meister


Stephen Meister, founding partner of MSF and author of Commercial Real Estate Restructuring Revolution (Wiley, 2010), is widely regarded for his comprehensive knowledge of real estate matters. A skilled transactional attorney with a deft understanding of leases, sale agreements, and financing documents, Mr. Meister provides savvy and experienced counsel to his clients. A battle-tested trial attorney, Mr. Meister is known by many of the nation’s finest jurists, including the Commercial Division judges in New York County, for his zealous and disciplined advocacy.

Having tried numerous high stakes trials, Mr. Meister is no mere “litigator,” adept only at pre-trial discovery and motion practice; he is a proven trial lawyer with an outstanding track record. Combined with his considerable transactional experience, Mr. Meister brings a powerful deal-making presence to the table to facilitate case settlement.

Mr. Meister, a successful real estate investor, developer, and published op-ed author, brings a practical business approach to all legal representations. He represents diversified clients including individual real estate entrepreneurs and investors, hedge funds and private real estate equity funds.

An accomplished multi-engine, instrument rated pilot, Mr. Meister well understands the importance of self-reliance and the need for precision.


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. J.D. (Cum Laude/Law Review)

State University of New York at Stony Brook. B.S.


State of New York

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Representative Matters

Obtained a just-in-time temporary restraining order preventing Bank of America, Wells Fargo and the Fed from wiping out billions of dollars of mezzanine debt, subsequently driving the Extended Stay Hotel franchise into bankruptcy.

Prevented the rent-stabilization of the Independence Plaza project in Tribeca, and in the process, defeated the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District in a related qui tam case.

Obtained $100 million recovery on a suit against a non-recourse carve-out guarantor.

Successfully defended major developers and institutional lenders, and vice versa.

Successfully litigated business divorces in and out of the real estate field, including family businesses.


Super Lawyers, 2006 – 2017

America’s Most Sought After Real Estate & Trial Lawyer, Mann Report, October 2009


Former Adjunct Professor, Condominium Law, Cardozo Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Speaking Engagements

Regularly interviewed by Fox Business Network and CNBC on finance policy and regulation impacting real estate investors, financiers, and home owners in New York and nationwide.

Regularly quoted by the New York Post, Real Deal and other real estate business periodicals and publications.


“A Personal Assessment of Donald Trump,” The Washington Examiner, September 27, 2015

“A Fast Frisk Appeal,” New York Post, August 26, 2013

“Housing’s Also Headed for Fiscal Cliff,” New York Post, November 12, 2012

“In Supreme Court Health Care Ruling, Confusion and Contradiction,” New York Law Journal, July 13, 2012

“Why the Rent is Too Damn High,” New York Post, April 24, 2012

“History v. Housing,” New York Post, April 10, 2012

“A Twisted Brain Game,” New York Post, April 4, 2012

“One Lawsuit the City Should Settle,” New York Post, January 13, 2012

“Go March on Washington,” New York Post, October 5, 2011

“Jewish Right Turn,” New York Post, September 12, 2011

“More Downgrades Ahead?” New York Post, August 10, 2011

“Debt Downgrade: Still Possible,” New York Post, August 2, 2011

“Commercial Real Estate Restructuring Revolution: Strategies, Tranche Warfare, and Prospects for Recovery,” Wiley, 2010

Thought Leadership
Stephen B. Meister's Book: Commercial Real Estate Restructuring Revolution: Strategies, Tranche Warfare, and Prospects for Recovery

As of the writing of Commercial Real Estate Restructuring Revolution: Strategies, Tranche Warfare, and Prospects for Recovery, one in four homeowners is underwater, and one in seven is delinquent on their mortgage payment. But at least the worst is behind us. Or is it? At the end of 2008, although U.S. investment in commercial real estate (CRE)—office buildings, multifamily rental properties, retail stores and shopping centers, hotels, hospitals, warehouses, factories, and flex spaces—totaled $6.4 trillion, it is nearly all leveraged with mortgage debt, and by 2014, $1.4 trillion of CRE debt will come due. Even worse than homeowners, 50 percent of all CRE projects are underwater—trillions of dollars worth of CRE capital investment will be lost in this cycle. Written by attorney Stephen Meister, a nationally recognized name and highly respected voice in real estate, Commercial Real Estate Restructuring Revolution discusses the impending tsunami of CRE foreclosures, how it will coincide with Subprime 2.0, and what you need to do now to prepare. Learn More ›

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