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A t the D esk o f :s tephen M eister This signed Muhammad Ali
A t the D esk o f :s tephen M eister
This signed Muhammad Ali robe was given to Meister by
client and friend Larry Gluck in 2000, after the two worked
on several projects together, including Gluck’s purchase of
500-512 Seventh Ave., which he bought with Joe Moinian
and Joe Chetrit. Meister was also a partner in the project.
A ttorney Stephen Meister is not the shy type. If he’s not be-
ing quoted in the real estate press blasting an adversary, his
opinions can be found in the regular Op-Ed pieces he writes for
the New York Post, or heard on the airwaves of Fox. His dogged
approach has won him some of the city’s highest-profile real es-
tate figures as clients, including Larry Gluck; Lev Leviev; Line
A
sketch Meister drew years ago of
his son, Jason, who’s now 29 and
works at Grubb & Ellis. Meister says
it
shows his “modest artistic ability,”
joking that “I’m sure nobody knows
[that I can draw] because they all
think I’m just a raging litigator.”
Meister, a conservative, regularly
writes Op-Ed pieces for the New
York Post. This one implored Occu-
py Wall Street protesters to decamp
for Washington, D.C. So, do his views
ever stop him from working with a
client? “I represent Democrats and
Republicans. I’m a lawyer — I’m not
running for political office.”
Trust and Deuce Properties, lenders to the Extended Stay Hotels
chain; and many others. He also represented a joint venture of
SL Green and developer Joseph Moinian at 3 Columbus Circle,
where he thwarted an attempted hostile takeover by mogul Ste-
phen Ross of the Related Companies. He plots his legal strategy
from his 50-attorney firm of Meister Seeling & Fein LLP, on the
19th floor of 140 East 40th Street. By Jill NooNaN
Sevenyears ago, for his 50th birth-
day, his wife, Melissa, bought him
this British sports car, a 1953 MG.
She tried to buy a 1954 for the year
he was born, but “couldn’t find
one, so she bought the ’53.”
A YouTube video of Meister
on Fox’s “Varney & Company,”
where he makes regular appear-
ances. When he first appeared on
the show he was just a guest, but
now he is frequently part of Var-
ney’s two-person “company.”
A photo of his
three kids: Jason,
29, Jessica, 24,
and Micaela, 5.
A copy of Meister’s book, “Com-
A
photo of the King Air E90
plane that Meister recently
sold. The litigator started fly-
ing in the 1990s after getting fed
up
with traffic on his way out to
the beach. He’s now an “accom-
plished multi-engine pilot” and
says he’s “between planes.”
mercial Real Estate Restructur-
ing Revolution,” which came out
last year. He says he wanted to
write about “tranch warfare —
the crazy fights between differ-
ent lenders in the debt stack.”
Meister buzzes this bright
red button when he beats a
particularly easy adversary
in court. It was given to him
a few years ago after one such
case, though he declined to
say who the adversary was.
22 December 2011 www.TheRealDeal.com
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