Margaret Lewis Meister

Direct: 505.848.1823
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Email: meg.meister@modrall.com

Overview

Meg Meister has served clients for over twenty years in the areas of real estate, business, commercial transactions and lending.  She guides businesses through siting and re-locating facilities, completes sales and tax free exchanges, represents buyers and sellers in stock and asset transactions, assists with liquor license transfers, and negotiates and drafts leases and other real estate and business documents.  Meg advises companies doing business on Indian lands and negotiates and structures business transactions involving Indian tribes and Indian lands.  In lending, Meg represents lenders and borrowers in a variety of lending transactions, including asset-based and real property secured transactions.   

Meg's transaction work often focuses on energy, both traditional and renewable. She represents renewable energy developers and works with oil and gas operators and producers and pipeline companies.

Entity selection and formation, governance issues, and mergers and acquisitions make up Meg's business practice.  Additionally, Meg performs duties as general counsel to several non-profit and for-profit entities, providing counsel and perspective on an array of issues.   

Clients find Meg to be "instrumental to legal agreements," recently reported Chambers USA, where she has been continuously listed since 2005. Chambers also notes that clients describe her as "responsive and very clear in her communication," adding that she is "very pleasant to work with, straightforward and friendly." She has been recognized by Best Lawyers of America® in Corporate Law and Real Estate Law and in Southwest Super Lawyers® based on a peer review.  She has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's AV® Preeminent rating.  In addition, Meg was named a "Woman of Influence" and "Best of the Bar" in 2009 by the New Mexico Business Weekly.   

Meg also finds time to assist in community endeavors. She is currently Chair-Elect for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and Past President of Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico.

Meg serves as the Chair of the Corporate/Banking/Real Estate Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Service Group and has served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, skiing, and being a part of her book group. 

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1990, cum laude
  • Trinity University, B.A. in English, 1987, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico 1990
  • Texas 1991

Practice Areas

Recognition

Experience

  • Multi-step exchange of real estate among Bureau of Land Management, Commissioner of Public Lands and two private entities.  The transaction included negotiation of various exchange agreements, coordinating exchange procedures and negotiating necessary private agreements.

  • Representation of mixed-use downtown development, including development, covenants and condominium documentation, leasing, and sales, and financing for the project.  

  • Provide real estate and financing support for numerous wind, solar and gas-fired electric generation developers, including private and public land acquisition, title issues, land use, financing and required opinion letters.  Work has included leases and rights of way with the New Mexico state land office.  

  • Negotiate and draft pipeline rights-of-way and business arrangements related to operations on tribal land.

  • Review and provide opinions on oil and gas operator financing transactions.

  • Facilitate development arrangements for oil and gas operations on tribal land.

  • Work on acquisition of metal recycling project through transfer of assets.

  • Restructure of non-profit entity to include asset-owing entities and operating entities and coordinating such restructuring with lenders and bond-holders.

  • Annexation of large parcel of property proposed for mixed use development, including bulk plat and initial zoning designations.

  • General outside counsel to Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors and Southwest Multiple Listing Service, including contract drafting and review, code of ethics matters, and multiple listing service compliance.

  • Structure and draft fiber optic public/private arrangement to create fiber optic loop for distance-based learning in New Mexico.

  • Liquor license acquisition and transfer for new and existing convenience store locations around New Mexico.

Activities

Professional Activities

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow, Programs Committee Chair 2009-2010, Board of Governors, 2010
  • Anglo American Real Property Institute, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Member, Sections on Real Property, Probate and Trust, Business Law, and Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
  • State Bar of New Mexico Real Estate Specialization Sub-committee, Chair, 2006-2009
  • New Mexico Real Property Institute, Program Chair, 1998-2000

Community Activities

  • Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors,  2010-present; Chair-Elect, 2016
  • Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico, Past President
  • Leadership Albuquerque Alumni Association Board, 2005-2007
  • Leadership Albuquerque Curriculum Committee, 2004-2006

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Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2014
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow
  • Anglo-American Real Property Institute, Fellow
  • Best Lawyers in America®, in Corporate Law and Real Estate Law, 2007-present
  • Chambers USA Directories of America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Real Estate Law, 2005-present
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Pre-eminent® Peer Review Rated
  • New Mexico Business Weekly, Best of the Bar, 2009
  • New Mexico Business Weekly, Woman of Influence, 2009
  • Southwest Super Lawyers® (derived from a lawyer survey) 2007-present; The Top 25 New Mexico Super Lawyers, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2016 
  • Who's Who in American Law

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