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Gerhard Meilen

Contracts and agreements Attorney at Brooklyn, NY

5.0   5 reviews

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About Gerhard

Learn Gerhard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Contracts and agreements
    Broad range of services, employment and operations agreements; finder's agreements, profit sharing, investment management agreements, among others. Corporate finance and loan agreements, with related security arrangements. Domestic and international transactions

    33 years

  2. Corporate and incorporation
    Seting up corporations and LLCs, including necessary tax and regulatory compliance filings; organizational documents, including shareholders' and LLC operating agreements; broad range of profit sharing and participation arrangements, including regular and phantom stock option plans. All related aspects of corporarte governance and matrters involving shareholders' and members' rights and obligations. Matters involving corporate governance and reorganizations.

    33 years

  3. Residential real estate
    Sale and purchase of US condominium and cooperative residences and related matters

    28 years

  4. Intellectual property
    Intellectual property, licensing and SAAS agreements. Broafd range of related services agreements

    23 years

  5. Mergers and acquisitions
    Acquisitons and mergers involving domestic entities and representation of US persons and companies in acquisitions of non-US entities. Flurent French and German; proficient in Italian

    33 years

        I do a broad range of domestic and international corporate transactions, including contracts, startups (both LLCs and corporations), mergers and acquisiotions, intellectual property,  corporate finance, tax and real estate. I am fluent in French and German, proficient in Italian and advise with contracts, M&A and other transactions involving US, French, German, Austrian, Swiss and Italian companies. I also do residential real estate transactions.

         In the past several years, I have also represented small software and IP companies, done private real estate transactions and structured split dollar life insurance transactions, which provide tax advantages and other benefits for corporate executives. Recently I counseled several U.S. investors in the acquisition of a resort hotel in Costa Rica.

       My goal -- whether advising, drafting or negotiating - is always to advance and protect the business and personal interests of my clients.  My response is prompt, focused and, given the quality of the work product and the current economy, very cost effective.


Licensed for 49 years
State NY
Status Delinquent
Acquired 1973
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Gerhard Meilen Esq
108 Prospect Park W
Brooklyn, NY, 11215-8123


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Posted by Giselle | March 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very honest and always looking out for my best interest
Mr Meilen has helped me set up my business and also change several things after he set it up. Throughout the whole process he broke down everything and explained it to me very clearly. His pricing is also very fair and clear. He is very quick with responding and emailing. He is very honest and has been there to help me with lots of legal advice and questions I had never belittling me or making me feel inadequate for not knowing something.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2015
Responsive counsel, organized with global accumen
Gerhard and I have been working together on a complex global situation for over five years. He tactfully keeps all parties on task, advises, executes, and communicates. Experienced with a myriad of entities, contract and real estate laws, adept at managing strong personalities.
Posted by Sol | May 22, 2015
Earnest, hardworking, intelligent, educated
I've been working with Mr. Meilen for a number of years on two large international trusts with complex tax and legal questions, and with numerous interested parties including an international corporation, some executives with domiciles in three countries, and beneficiaries based in the US, Europe, and Asia. Meilen knows how to get to the heart of how to organize and document legal entities to improve tax and investment results for all parties. He is also earnest, considerate, and not overly aggressive in his approach to client relationships and the law, although he will strongly look out for the interests of his clients. I am a financial professional and Ph.D., not a lawyer, but my experience with his work is very positive -- and I would recommend his services without reservation.
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Posted by Mark | April 23, 2015
Excellent Lawyer at Reasonable Rates
I have worked worked with Gerhard several times over the past 10 years. He has provided my companies and me with invaluable services in a variety of areas including software licensing, real estate, mergers and acquisitions. He has worked with me on negotiating software licensing agreements with companies like Google, Microsoft and Verizon; large acquisition of technology companies and hotels as well as several large real estate transactions. Gerhard is not only a thoroughly competent lawyer, but more importantly, he is able to think like a business person. This enabled us to navigate several issues during particularly difficult negotiations. Gerhard always ensured that my company's and my interests were always protected while helping gauge the business impact of any decision we made. He is easy to work with, thoughtful, well qualified, gives great advice, super responsive and creative in coming up with solutions during particularly difficult negotiations. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Josh | March 27, 2015
Meticulous Work
Gerhard Meilen is a thorough and meticulous attorney. I have found his contract work excellent and precise. He is a good listener, very reasoned, well-researched in his opinions, and a clear communicator. An excellent choice for anyone looking for excellent legal counsel!


  • Hourly Rates $ 325-350 per hour
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AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Gerhard Meilen, Esq.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Jacobson, Mermelstein & Squire LLP
  • 1985 - Present
  • Director of Regulatory Affairs
  • Belco Petroleum Corporation
  • 1975 - 1979
  • Associate
  • Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • 1973 - 1975
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  • Univ of Pennsylvania
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • MA - Masters
  • 1968
  • Yale University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1965

Legal Cases

  • Counseling three U.S. investors in acquiring a resort hotel in Costa Rica
  • Closed, after lengthy negotiations


  • New York City Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Of Counsel to AV rated Law Firm
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 1985
  • Law Review
  • Univ of Pennsylvania Law School
  • 1970

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Gerhard
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gerhard and I served together on a corporate committee at the New York City Bar Association. He has impressive experience and knowledge in a broad range of corporate matters and I highly endorse him."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gerhard's vast experience, positive attitude and knowledgeable opinions make him an incredible team player when it comes to finding the best legal solutions."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Gerhard is very respected among his colleagues in the legal community; and his wide-ranging qualifications bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to any project."