Tonya J. Meister

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in Miami, FL

Meister Law LLC
 | 44 West Flagler Street, Suite 750
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: 305-590-5570
Fax: 305-675-3787
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime
Attorney Profile

An avid sailor, surfer, swimmer and scuba diver, Mrs. Meister has helped injured crew and passengers recover damages they deserved.  She has also made headlines by helping recover unpaid wages and providing a way home for a crew stranded on a bankrupt cruise ship.  She had the privilege of working on the United States Supreme Court case, Atlantic Sounding Co. v. Townsend, which was a landmark decision for seafarers’ rights, affirming the availability of punitive damages for seafarers who are willfully denied maintenance and cure benefits by their employers.

She is the former chair of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee of the Florida Bar and Florida Bar Grievance Committee 11F, is legal counsel for Port Ministries International and serves on the Advisory Board for the Space Coast Seafarers Ministry and International Seafarer's Ministry of Miami.

In addition to her practice, Mrs. Meister is highly respected for her insight and experience in maritime law.  She has made appearances on television in the United States and overseas speaking on topics related to maritime law and presented seminars on various maritime topics to organizations such as the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Florida Bar Admiralty and Maritime Law Section, and the American Trial Lawyers Association.  She has also taught classes and given presentations at St. Thomas Law School, University of Miami Law School and Florida International University.

You can rest assured that Attorney Meister has the dedication, experience and skill to help you secure the best possible results in arbitration proceedings or at trial. - See more at:

Practice Areas
  • 100%Transportation/Maritime
Focus Areas

Admiralty & Maritime Law


Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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About Tonya Meister

Admitted: 2003, Florida

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Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certifed Expert in Admiralty and Maritime Law by the Florida Bar

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • All Florida state courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Educational Background:

  • Southern Illinois University, 1992
  • University of Central Florida, B.A., Legal Studies, 1997
  • Barry University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2002

Industry Groups

  • Admiralty & Maritime
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Office Location for Tonya J. Meister

44 West Flagler Street
Suite 750
Miami, FL 33130

Phone: 305-590-5570

Fax: 305-675-3787

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Last Updated: 3/16/2020

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