University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • magna cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • Michigan Law Review, Contributing Editor, 1982-1984
University of Chicago, Ph.D.
  • Comparative Politics - China
  • magna cum laude; Woodrow Wilson Honorary Scholar; National Defense and Education Act Scholar
Amherst College, A.B.
  • Political Science
  • with honors; Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

  • International Law Section
  • Real Property Law Section

American Bar Association

  • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
    • International Investment in Real Estate Committee, Vice Chair

Michigan Community Resources

  • Board of Directors, Secretary
  • Legal Team on Limiting Post-Foreclosure Vacancies, Chair
    • Developed model Retaining Occupancy on Foreclosure (ROOF) Agreement
  • Planning Detroit Legal Team, Co-chair

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

  • Participates as a judge in the national and international competitions, including the U.S., the U.K., Russia and China
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Mr. Meisner is a real estate attorney who counsels clients in various aspects of real estate development and finance. He possesses a wealth of knowledge on tax increment financing and New Markets Tax Credit and other credit assisted financing, as well as on real estate financing legal opinions.

  • Represents both U.S. and international clients, lenders and borrowers as local counsel in large project and multi-state real estate financing
  • Advises clients benefiting from federal, state and local development incentive programs
  • Represents private businesses in public/private contract and development relationships with state and local entities and has represented several municipalities' Tax Increment Finance Authorities and Downtown Development Authorities in similar arrangements with private businesses
  • Possesses experience in hotel and vacation industry acquisitions, financing and workout transactions, including major hotel financing challenges, and acquisition, financing and disposition of timeshare and fractional interest properties
  • Counsels clients in development of both urban and rural projects using New Markets Tax Credits, historic tax credits, and low income housing tax credit assisted affordable housing


  • Counseled on high-rise residential condominium development projects on Chicago's lakefront
  • Advised shopping center owners and developers on properties located in Michigan, California and Virginia
  • Counseled clients on industrial developments throughout the United States
  • Advised on office, residential and retail developments and municipal redevelopment projects in Southeastern Michigan and downtown Detroit
  • Represented a major automobile manufacturer in connection with significant office and plant facility acquisitions and development projects in downtown Detroit, other parts of Michigan and numerous other states, which included creative conversion of major office buildings to governmental uses
  • Represented an international paper manufacturing company in using New Markets Tax Credits and various state incentive programs for a biomass-based alternative energy plant
  • Acted as the lender's Michigan project financing counsel for Detroit's new major league baseball park development
  • Advised several long-term health care and skilled nursing home facility operating companies in connection with acquisition, leasing, financing and related matters and represented a major residential developer in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Counseled clients regarding wind energy facility development in Michigan
  • Counseled clients in bankruptcy disposition of multiple timeshare resort properties
  • Represented both debtors and creditors in the disposition of extensive real and personal property assets in bankruptcy through direct sales and through creation of liquidating trusts
  • Advised a major, publicly traded automobile manufacturer on tax increment bond financing issues


City of Huntington Woods

  • Zoning Board of Appeals, Chair

Temple Emanu-El (Oak Park, Michigan)

  • President, 2011-2013

United States Civil Rights Commission (Illinois)

  • State Advisory Committee

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2017
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010 and 2013-2016
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Academic Appointments

  • Michigan State University, International Relations, Assistant Professor
  • University of California – Santa Cruz, Political Science and International Relations, Assistant Professor
  • Western Washington State University, Political Science, Instructor
  • Iowa State University, Political Science, Instructor