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 PIMCO (400,000 sq.ft.), 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.), Broadcom (700,000 sq.ft.), The Gas Company (350,000 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 Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman & Goodman, 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 2012, in a vote by his peers, which was published by Los Angeles magazine, he was ranked in the Top 10 of all the Super Lawyers in Southern California. In 2011, Mr. Meyer was named Real Estate Lawyer of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Mr. Meyer has been named CoreNet Global's Real Estate Professional of the Year; the Los Angeles Business Journal named him one of the 25 Most Powerful Attorneys in Los Angeles; he was named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal; and 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" and "the best leasing lawyer in town."
He was named among the 500 Leading Lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon for the last five years. In 2009, the Los Angeles Business Journal named him among the top 100 lawyers in Los Angeles. He has been listed in Woodward White for Best of the Best for over 20 years. He was also recognized by The Best of the Best USA 2011 for Real Estate. Mr. Meyer is a member of DLA Piper's firmwide Policy Committee and is the managing partner of DLA Piper's Los Angeles offices.
Mr. Meyer has been 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.
The 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.