Stephen J. Meyer

Stephen J. Meyer

Of Counsel / Co-Chair of Food and Agriculture Practice

Stephen Meyer has over thirty years of experience with complex business litigation with a particular focus in the last several years on food and agriculture.

He advises some of California's largest agricultural producers on environmental, finance, and business disputes, and has handled matters involving dairies, cattle feeding, fertilizer and pesticide distribution and regulation, egg production, animal welfare, crop damage, food processing, and agricultural finance.  More recently he organized the Food & Agriculture Practice, an interdisciplinary group that has grown rapidly by emphasizing collaboration and cooperation across the broad spectrum of specialty practices at the firm with a focus on food and agriculture in California.

He has represented clients in other areas including banking, oil and gas, pipeline distribution, real estate development, as well as representing public entities. In recent years, he has expanded his practice into alternative dispute resolution, bringing his experience as litigator and mediator, to helping parties resolve business, commercial and environmental disputes.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, Davis, Dean's Advisory Council
  • Member of Advisory Council for the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, University of California
  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section, Member of Executive Committee of the  Agribusiness Committee
  • American Agricultural Law Association, Member
  • Sacramento County Farm Bureau, Member
  • Best Lawyer, Commercial Litigation, Chosen by Peers as Recipient
  • Super Lawyers, Commercial Litigation
  • State Bar of California, Environmental & Litigation Sections, Member
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Member
  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section, Past Co-Chair Sacramento Program Committee; Past Member Executive Committee
  • American Bar Association, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, Litigation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections, Member
  • Milton L. Schwartz Inn of Court, Former Member
  • Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Board of Directors
  • Valley Vision, Executive Committee and Board of Directors
  • Diogenes House, Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Cal Aggie Alumni Association, Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, Environmental Litigation Committee Newsletter, Former Co-Reporter for Ninth Circuit

Honors And Rankings

  • AV® Preeminent™” Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, 1985– present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010 to present – Business Litigation
  • Super Lawyers – Business Litigation

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