Paul S. Meyer
Following 10 years as a senior prosecutor with the
Orange County District Attorney's Office, where he supervised the Homicide
Panel, Paul Meyer founded his own firm in 1981. His practice includes both
state and federal criminal defense, involving such matters as the successful
defense of Merrill Lynch during the Orange County bankruptcy in 1996, the
defense of members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and judges of both
the Los Angeles and Orange County Superior Courts. His practice includes a wide
variety of vehicular crimes, from manslaughter to D.U.I. along with defense of
fraud, child pornography and regulatory matters involving the District Attorney
and federal agencies. Mr. Meyer takes a "hands on" approach to practice.
Mr. Meyer is currently designated as one of five
lawyers in Southern California for legal representation of judges and justices
before the Commission on Judicial Performance. He has successfully tried dozens
of major felony cases before juries in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties;
comprising, in all, over 200 jury trials.
For nearly 40 years Mr. Meyer has been the lead lawyer
in representation of the most serious criminal cases charged in Southern
California. He was selected as the Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and recently as Trial Lawyer of the
Year for Orange County by the Best Lawyers in America. He has consistently been
named to the Top 100 and Top 50 lawyers in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Mr.
Meyer has been cited by the Los Angeles Times and New York Times for his work
in many cases including the successful federal and state representation of
Superior Court Judge Ronald Kline, County Supervisor Don Roth and other elected
officials. His successful criminal defense of Princess Alayban of the Royal
Family of Saudi Arabia received world-wide media coverage, as did his earlier
successful defense of Merrill Lynch. He led the criminal defense of the
regional branch of the Republican Party. He is the legal representative of the
Orange County Deputy Sheriff's Association, and the designated representative
in matters involving use of deadly force by the Orange County Probation
A guest speaker of the Department of Justice, National
Medical Examiners Association, Fidler Institute in Los Angeles, California
Public Defenders and District Attorneys Associations, an Association of
Business Trial Lawyers, he has also taught consistently throughout his career.
Mr. Meyer has lectured internationally on subjects of ethics and
professionalism for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Meyer
served as Adjunct Professor of Law for Western State University College of Law
and for the Police Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). His teaching
includes C.E.B. programs for the State Bar, and the College of Trial Advocacy
for Orange County. His work on The Uses of Experts in Criminal Trials has been
published in the ABA Litigation Manual.
A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr.
Meyer served as Regent for Southern California, Arizona and Hawaii from 2008 to
2012. Mr. Meyer is also a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and
also a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been
recognized for his leadership roles in many other organizations including
service as a Director at Large for the Orange County Bar Association, Director
of the Community Services Program, and on the Board of the Center for Lawyers
and Trial Advocacy of Chapman University School of Law.
He graduated from the U.C.L.A. School of Law where he
served as Chief Articles Editor of the U.C.L.A. Law Review. He received the
Order of the Coif.
Mr. Meyer's work has been cited hundreds of times by
the New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, and
many national magazines. He has appeared as a guest commentator for CNN and was
selected by CNN to provide exclusive commentary of the opening statements in
the O.J. Simpson murder trial.