Managing Partner of the Los Angeles Area Offices
T: (213) 330-7777
F: (213) 330-7577
J.D., University of Chicago 1967
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison 1964
Michael E. Meyer has developed a national reputation as one of the preeminent leasing attorneys in the United States. He regularly represents many of this country’s leading financial institutions, accounting firms and law firms in connection with major lease transactions throughout the United States. Representative of the major leases he has done for tenants recently include Bank of America (200,000 sq.ft.), City National Bank (330,000 sq.ft.), The Capital Group (300,000 sq.ft.), TCW (200,000 sq.ft.) and Rand in Santa Monica.
Mr. Meyer is considered one of the country’s leading authorities on renewal rights, the establishment of fair market rental rates pursuant to arbitrations, the assignment and subleasing provision, and the inter-relationships between the tenant improvement agreement and the rent commencement date. He is a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) in Los Angeles. He has served as judge pro tem in the Los Angeles Municipal Courts and presently serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He developed the definition of fair market rental rate which, in one form or another, is used in numerous major lease transactions, and has been intimately involved in many arbitrations/mediations involving fair market rental rates—the most recent, involving Screen Actors Guild, Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, Nestle, Saban Entertainment and Sony with major landlords including Jerry Snyder, Douglas Emmett, Equity Office, Heitman and Transpacific.
In 2002, Mr. Meyer was named CoreNet Global’s Real Estate Professional of the Year and the Los Angeles Business Journal named him one of the 25 Most Powerful Attorneys in Los Angeles. In 2002 and 2004, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal. The respected English publication Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranks him in California’s top tier for real estate law, calling him a “commanding name as a leasing expert.” In 2007, in a vote by his peers, which was published by Los Angeles magazine, Mr. Meyer was ranked in the Top 100 of all the Super Lawyers in Southern California. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, he was named among the 500 Leading Lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon. He is also listed in the International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, published by Who’s Who Legal. In 2007, the California Daily Journal named Mr. Meyer to its list of the Top 100 Attorneys in California. Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2007 recognized him as one of the three “Leading Individuals” in real estate law in Los Angeles, and Lawdragon named him among the Lawdragon 500 Dealmakers in America. Mr. Meyer is a member of DLA Piper’s firmwide Policy Committee and is the managing partner of DLA Piper’s Los Angeles offices.
In November 2006, Mr. Meyer was honored by the Weingart Center Association at “Striking Out Homelessness and Poverty,” a benefit event at Dodger Stadium, for his extensive efforts to help victims of poverty return to work. Proceeds from the event went to the Weingart Center in downtown Los Angeles to contribute to its work delivering high-quality human services and providing leadership and innovative solutions to break the cycle of homelessness and end poverty. He is on the board of directors of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, Los Angeles Police Foundation, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, and LA Sports & Entertainment Commission.
In March 2007, Real Estate Southern California magazine published “The Laws of Baseball,” an article focusing on Mr. Meyer’s lifelong love of baseball and his service on the board of directors of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Mr. Meyer has lectured to numerous city organizations, including real estate brokers, landlords and developer groups, interior design groups and real estate appraisers. He also has presented various seminars to BOMA, PLI, CLE, CEB, Los Angeles County Bar Association, State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
American Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
University of Chicago Law School Alumni Association of Southern California - President (1980 to 1982)
Board of Trustees, Los Angeles County Bar Association
Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Bar Foundation
Board of Directors, New Otani America Corporation
Board of Directors, Building Owners and Managers Association
American College of Real Estate Lawyers
Civic and Charitable
Board of Directors, Jackie Robinson Foundation
Board of Directors, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission
Board of Directors, Los Angeles Police Foundation
Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Youth Foundation
Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America (Greater Los Angeles )
Board of Directors, United Way (1992-1995)
Meyer runs what may be the best real estate leasing practice in the world and mediates disputes involving the fair-market rental rate concept he developed.
The real estate leasing czar created the definition of fair market rental value as he transformed office leasing, most recently handling Union Bank of California’s 345,000 sq. foot lease extension in downtown LA.
Got a city to fill? Call Meyer, who handled a lease of 200,000 sq.ft. in San Francisco for Google, Gap and Morgan Stanley; 140,000 sq.ft. in L.A. for Ares, Canyon and JP Morgan; and 700,000 sq.ft. in Orange County, Calif. for Broadcom.
Meyer delivers tons of office space for clients: 330,000 sq-ft for City National Bank, 300,000 for the The Capital Group and 200,000 for Bank of America.
Want to lease property by the mile? Meyer is your quarterback.
No business should sign a multimillion-dollar lease before consulting Michael Meyer. As one of the country's top lawyers representing commercial tenants, "nobody comes close to him" in leasing expertise, say competitors and clients alike. In 2005, he negotiated major leases for Bank of America, City National Bank, The Capital Group, TCW and Rand - to name a few big corporate names. Also in 2005, he negotiated leases for chipmaker Broadcom for office space in seven buildings covering 600,000 square-feet in Irvine, Calif. And, he represented the Screen Actors Guild, Nestle, Sony and three other companies in an arbitration against landlords such as Equity Office and Transpacific to determine fair market rent in a multibuilding leasing agreement. Meyer has acted as judge pro tem for the Los Angeles municipal courts and is a member of the American Arbitration Association.
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