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I have been in practice for 23 years, almost exclusively as a criminal defense attorney or LA County prosecutor.  I provide full service criminal defense throughout California and in federal courts nationwide.  I represent people in cases ranging from DUI to the death penalty, white collar cases, and pre-filing investigations.  I instruct lawyers on DUI, ethics, social media and other topics throughout the country, and I have made over 500 live television and radio appearances on criminal law topics as an expert commentator.  In addition, I provide criminal law compliance for doctors and healthcare risk managers about prescription drugs, and I defend medical providers in criminal court against prescription drug-related charges.


Languages spoken: French, Hebrew, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



Fixed (always)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Gregory David Brenner

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Stephen before. He is an excellent attorney.


    Gregory Brenner Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Melissa A Weinberger

    Steve and I worked at the same firm for several years and Steve mentored me through my first trial. His guidance was invaluable as our client was found not guilty of two charges. Steve is a smart lawyer and a strong advocate.


    Melissa Weinberger Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Meister Law Offices

515 S Flower St Ste 3600
Los Angeles, CA, 90071

Meister Law Offices

515 S. Flower Street
Suite 3600
Los Angeles, CA, 90071



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of RecognitionCity of Los Angeles1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerMeister Law Offices2011 - Present
Criminal Defense AttorneyLaw Offices of Mark Werksman2002 - 2011
Political and Media AideCity Of Los Angeles1999 - 2002
AssociateLaw Offices of Bailey & Marzano1998 - 1999
Deputy District AttorneyLos Angeles County District Attorney's Office1990 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Southern California Association of Healthcare Risk ManagersMember, Education Committee2012 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationN/A2003 - 2004
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCo-Chair, Indigent Defense Committee2003 - 2005
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationChair, Criminal Law Section2002 - 2004
California Public Defenders AssociationN/A2002 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/A2002 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
High profile and other criminal trials throughout Southern CaliforniaN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
www.meisterlawoffices.comMeister Law Offices Criminal Defense Blog2013
www.painkillerlaw.comPainkiller Law Blog2013
Loyola of Los Angeles Law ReviewWhen Nothing Is Shocking: The Ninth Circuit Degrades the Outrageous Government Conduct Defense1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of California Santa CruzN/AundergraduateN/A
Loyola Law SchoolN/AlawN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WebcastLegal Ethics2014
WebcastSubstance Abuse MCLE2014
WebcastCriminal Case Jury Selection2014
Healthcare SectionPainkiller Law2014
Strategic Planning MeetingPrescription Drugs: Criminal Compliance and Defense2013
SCAHRM Monthly MeetingPrescription Drug Abuse2013
Monthly MeetingPrescription Drugs: Criminal Compliance and Defense2013
KECK Hospital, USCPrescription Drug Abuse2013
Annual ConferencePrescription Drugs: Criminal Compliance and Defense2013
Annual ConferencePrescription Drugs: Criminal Compliance and Defense2013
MCLE SeminarCalifornia DUI Defense2012
MCLE SeminarSocial Media as Evidence2012
MCLE SeminarDomestic Violence Defense2011
MCLE SeminarDUI Defense2011
MCLE SeminarLegal Ethics2005
MCLE SeminarLegal Ethics2004
MCLE SeminarsCivil Lawyers, and Criminal Case Emergencies2003