Barry P. Meister

Barry P. Meister has an established practice in labor and employment relations concentrating in entertainment and the representation of professional athletes and broadcast-related entities and personalities.

In the representation of professional athletes, Mr. Meister has participated in the negotiation of over 500 player contracts and approximately 100 salary arbitrations, predominantly for major league baseball players. He advises his athlete and entertainment clients on a wide range of other legal issues. As a labor lawyer, Mr. Meister has counseled clients in all areas of labor and employment law. He has represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board.

Among his accomplishments, Mr. Meister:
+Negotiated contracts for numerous first round draft choices.
+Negotiated multi-million dollar guaranteed employment contracts for players in the National and American League, including Randy Johnson, Denny Neagle, Edgar Renteria, Roy Oswalt, Scott Spiezio, Craig Counsell, Kyle Farnsworth, Rheal Cormier and Woody Williams. Completed over 100 arbitration preparations for a number of players in the National and American League.
+Negotiated contracts for a number of entertainment personalities.
+Advised clients on and prepared and negotiated employment-related contracts in a wide variety of industries including baseball, football, printing, steel, manufacturing, sales and broadcasting.
+Wrote numerous drug testing policies, office manuals, smoking policies, disciplinary policies and other work-related rules.
Mr. Meister graduated from the University of Illinois with high honors in Commerce/Accounting, received his CPA and graduated from Northwestern School of Law, where he was the co-chairman of the Moot Court Competition. Mr. Meister was involved in administration at the prominent Chicago law firm of D’Ancona & Pflaum as a partner in the Labor Department and as a member of the Employment Relations Practice Group and the firm’s Recruiting Committee. He has a number of other professional affiliations. Barry has been married to his wife Heidi for 22 years and has two sons who are both college baseball players; Brandon, a RHP at Miami of Ohio and Andrew, a RHP at St. Louis University.”