James M. Meyer

James M. Meyer


James M. Meyer is a founding partner of the law firm Harper Meyer. He concentrates his practice on the representation of multinational corporations, financial institutions, manufacturers, franchisors, family offices and private high net worth clients in general corporate matters, commercial transactions, cross-border leasing, financing, and sales and acquisitions of capital equipment, including aircrafts and yachts. His experience in such matters also extends throughout the U.S., Europe, Caribbean and Asia.

Mr. Meyer currently serves as Chair of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar. He is also Chair of the Florida Bar’s Eleventh Circuit Grievance Committee.  He is a member of the Citizens Board of the University of Miami. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where he taught International Secured Finance and continues to be a frequent guest lecturer and commentator on international commercial matters. He formerly served as a member of the Steering committee for International Law Studies at Florida International University College of Law. Additionally, Mr. Meyer is the Immediate-Past Chair and continues to service as a Director of the L2B Aviation Group, the world’s largest most highly ranked international network of aviation law firms, specializing in providing legal advice to the aviation industry. He is heavily involved in the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), where he forms a part of the Tax and Regulatory Committee, and is an active member of the National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), and the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA). He is a also member of the Air and Space Forum, Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law, and the International Law and Franchising Section of the American Bar Association (ABA), as well as a member of the International Bar Association, and the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section of the Florida Bar. Mr. Meyer currently serves as a director of the Ayudame A Vivir Foundation Inc., (a charitable organization supporting pediatric cancer facilities), and of The X Family Foundation, (a foundation that assists families affected by Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic disorder that often leads to autism). He is President of Asopuente International, (a charitable organization dedicated to supporting women’s causes in the lower income sectors of society) and is a member of the Council of the Americas, Inter-American Dialogue, and the Caribbean Central American Action organization. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Ayiti Community Trust which partners with the Miami Foundation for the benefit of the people of Haiti through local and grass roots organizations. In addition, he served on the Steering Committee for Dwyane Wade’s charitable organization, Wade’s World Foundation, and its Night at the RunWade from 2013 until 2015. 

In 2019, Mr. Meyer was honored for his outstanding and exemplary service in the field of International Law as the 37th Annual Lawyer of the Americas by the University of Miami School of Law’s Inter-American Law Review. He has been ranked by Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report for Corporate Law and has also been named to the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers by the WHO’S WHO LEGAL organization and Florida’s Who’s Who Legal. Mr. Meyer was also listed in The Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, Euromoney’s Aviation Guide to the World’s Leading Practitioners, named by Latin Lawyer as one of the “leading Miami-based Latin America focused practitioners,” and has repeatedly been named by Florida Trend Magazine as one of the state’s Legal Elite. Additionally, Mr. Meyer has been nominated as one of Florida’s “Top Lawyers” by South Florida Legal Guide®, and Law & Politics Magazine has recognized him as a Florida Super Lawyer®. Furthermore, Miami Today has nominated him as one of the best legal leaders in Miami.

Mr. Meyer received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Arizona State University, Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as Articles and Comments Editor of the Law Review.

  • Representation of U.S. and Latin American-based multinational corporations, financial institutions, manufacturers, franchisors and family offices in general corporate matters
  • Commercial transactions
  • Cross-border leasing, financing, sales and acquisitions of capital equipment
  • Maritime law
  • Law: University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Undergraduate: Arizona State University, Phi Beta Kappa, B.A., magna cum laude
  • The Florida Bar
  • International Bar Association
  • Fluent in Spanish