Meister Legal

Meister Legal

Meister Legal delivers high quality and personalized counseling, assistance, and legal risk management to small businesses, family businesses, and start-up businesses.

Firm Overview

Main Office

Main Office
100 Pine St Ste 1250
San Francisco CA 94111


(415) 260-4644


Essential legal counseling for small, family, and start-up business ventures. Delivering effective, efficient solutions. Managing legal risks so clients can pursue opportunity.

Meister Legal delivers essential legal counseling for small, family, and start-up business ventures, leveraging years of extensive and diverse legal experience:

Create effective and efficient solutions for client issues, problems and legal needs.
Listen to clients and understand their business needs, goals, and plans, and then create strategic, forward-looking solutions.
Identifies potential issues that clients might not anticipate so that legal and business risks can be managed.

Meister Legal focuses upon the following areas and services:

Business Formation and Start-Up: Formation of corporations and limited liability entities; by-laws, operating agreements, and shareholder agreements; issuance of shares to founders and employees; shareholder buy/sell agreements, stock option agreements.

Employment Matters: Director and employee agreements, consulting agreements, director agreements, confidentiality and intellectual property protection agreements; non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

Contract Preparation and Negotiation: Licensing agreements, intellectual property agreements, real estate leases, indemnity and limitation of liability agreements, and other essential contractual engagements.

Transactional and Sale of Business: Negotiate and navigate sale or purchase of small start-up and family businesses through asset, purchase or other structured agreements.

Dispute Resolution: Represent clients in business and legal disputes, including litigation, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution techniques.

Prior to forming Meister Legal, Mr. Meister was a civil litigator for over ten years, handling large and small disputes in state, federal and arbitration forums, in a variety of practice areas: antitrust, intellectual property, trade secrets, products liability, insurance, employment, and commercial litigation. James also served as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice handling contract, construction, and employment disputes for various agencies of the U.S. government. Mr. Meister leverages this extensive and diverse litigation experience in analyzing issues and finding effective solutions for clients.

Mr. Meister graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law, in 1994. His legal career began as a federal judicial law clerk to The Honorable E. Richard Webber, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri and to The Honorable Edward L. Filippine, Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. He also served as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Mr. Meister grew up working on a family farm in rural Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln for undergraduate studies.

Mr. Meister is admitted to practice in California (2001), Missouri (1995), and Nebraska (1995).

Mr. Meister can be reached at and 415.260.4644.

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