"He is extremely thoughtful, very sophisticated and can handle the most complex transactions." "An invaluable business adviser." "He's knowledgeable, responsive, and has a business-minded approach."

Paul Meyer focuses “on the key issues” and is “highly cost-effective because he identifies risks before they occur.”

Chambers USA


Paul Meyer is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Real Estate group, is one of the co-chairs of the Real Estate group’s cross border practice and former head of the Chicago Real Estate practice. In his more than 35 years of practice, Paul has obtained substantial experience in virtually every aspect of the real estate industry. Paul’s widely diversified practice includes the representation of real estate investors and developers in all types of domestic and international equity and debt real estate transactions, including complex tax structured joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions and financing involving office buildings, apartment complexes, retail centers, industrial and logistics facilities, hotels, storage facilities, condominiums, medical office buildings and assisted-living facilities as well as senior loans, construction loans, mezzanine loans and preferred equity investments.  In recent years his practice has focused on cross border investments that utilize complex tax structures. Paul’s clients include US and non-US insurance companies, US and non-US fund sponsors, pension funds advisors, REITs, institutional investors, developers, asset managers and other capital providers.

In 2022, Paul was named a “Client Service All-Star” for the second time by BTI Consulting Group, a recognition reserved for an elite group of lawyers who have delivered the “absolute best client service”. Additionally, Paul was selected by Connect CRE for their “Lawyers in Real Estate” award in 2022. Paul was also listed as a “Leading Lawyer” in Legal 500 2022, who note that he “has unmatched depth in the real estate transactional world” and “represents a range of real estate actors and brings that perspective to each transaction.” He is consistently recognized as a leading real estate lawyer and has been ranked in Chambers USA from 2008-2022. Clients describe Paul as "extremely thoughtful" and a "really sharp lawyer" and commend his “extraordinary technical skills and knowledge” and praise him for being a “very sophisticated lawyer” who is “focused on protecting the client” and being “a consummate professional” that “never loses his cool” and that “can really handle the most complex of transactions and do it quickly and efficiently.” Paul is also ranked in other peer review publications, including “The Best Lawyers in America” in the area of Real Estate Law, “Leading Lawyers” and “Super Lawyers”. Paul serves as an executive board member and as the general counsel of AFIRE (Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate).

Spoken Languages

  • English


Creighton University, BA, magna cum laude

University of Notre Dame Law School, JD, cum laude
University of Notre Dame Law Review


  • Illinois


  • Executive Board Member, AFIRE (Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate), and General Counsel
  • Editorial Board Member, AFIRE Summit Journal
  • Board Member, The Foundation Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Urban Land Institute