Avi Meyerstein focuses his practice on complex investigations, workplace safety and health matters, and litigation. When a crisis or accident occurs, Avi and his team provide rapid-response crisis management. He brings years of experience managing complex investigations, interacting with government agencies, and preparing for potential litigation to address serious and fatal accidents and white collar issues.
He also helps clients navigate all types of workplace safety and health issues. His proactive advice and training help companies comply and keep employees safe. When enforcement occurs, he represents clients during inspections, investigations, informal conferences, litigation, strategic settlements and rulemakings.
He has successfully defended and settled penalty cases involving hundreds of citations, helping clients present a vigorous defense while maintaining cooperative relationships with agencies. He has significant experience building coalitions and leading complex, multi-party meetings and negotiations.
Avi works across federal and state agencies, dealing with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, the White House, National Security Council and U.S. Congress, among others.
Avi also has experience advising companies on complex antitrust issues and representing them in major antitrust actions in federal district and appellate courts.
After a combustible dust explosion in a factory, a team of federal investigators landed on site. Avi and his colleagues successfully led a months-long forensic investigation, managing leading experts, numerous employee interviews and extensive document collection. Their efforts resulted in only minor enforcement and a cost recovery lawsuit to recoup the client’s expenses from the manufacturer of the malfunctioning equipment.
When an experienced miner collapsed and died in a mysterious equipment accident, the company called on Avi and his team to lead a privileged expert investigation. They interviewed dozens of witnesses, collected thousands of documents, engaged medical expertise, handled a team of government investigators and advised on a workers’ compensation settlement. In response to serious Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) citations and penalties, the team’s robust litigation strategy led to government investigators admitting that they could not explain the accident. A strong summary judgment motion positioned the case for a favorable settlement the night before trial.
Building cooperation and promoting nonviolence between Israelis and Palestinians, Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) is a coalition of more than 100 nongovernmental organizations. The alliance raises their profile and visibility, and scales up their resources so they grow from impacting tens of thousands of lives to millions. Since 2004, the alliance has successfully advocated for more than $230 million in U.S. funding.
Avi led the organization through its founding, professionalization and strategic growth. He spearheaded and launched its core policy initiatives and continues to represent ALLMEP in Washington and internationally. As board president, he offers ongoing strategy and vision within the organization. ALLMEP is also a Husch Blackwell pro bono client.
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
- B.A., Columbia University
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Professional Associations and Memberships :
- National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
- Portland Cement Association
- Industrial Minerals Association – North America
- Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association
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