Keith R. Meister is an Associate in the Houston office of Tully Rinckey PLLC, where he is a member of the firm’s military practice.
Prior to joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, Keith was a Major in the U.S. Air Force. He served as an International Operations Officer at the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS), where he led mobile training teams conducting legal engagements and taught international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and military justice in Africa and other locations in conjunction with Department of Defense and Department of State security cooperation priorities. He also served as the Senior Defense Counsel for the Barksdale Region at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), Louisiana and JBSA-Randolph, Texas. In this role, Keith directed and managed legal defense services to more than 16,000 airmen throughout a region encompassing three major Air Force installations in three states. He also mentored, supervised, counseled, and trained base-level defense attorneys and trial defense paralegals. He represented military members in top priority courts-martial, probable cause hearings, involuntary discharge proceedings, and other adverse administrative actions.
Previously, he was the Area Defense Counsel at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, where he provided legal services to more than 4,500 airmen at two Air Force installations, representing Air Force personnel in interrogations, preliminary hearings, pretrial confinement hearings, courts-martial, post-trial and clemency matters, demotion actions, involuntary discharges, nonjudicial punishment proceedings, and other adverse administrative actions, as well as serving as respondents’ counsel in various board proceedings. As the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate and Acting Staff Judge Advocate at the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, Keith served as legal advisor and general counsel for more than 154 commanders at more than 1,000 operating locations. Keith also served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate at Kadena Air Base, Japan and Sheppard AFB, Texas, where he was responsible for overseeing court-martial preparations of judge advocates, enlisted paralegals, and civilian court reporters. He was also they key advisor to wing commanders and more than 65 subordinate commanders and first sergeants on all military justice matters.
Keith entered active duty in January 2007. He is admitted to practice law in Texas, before the Illinois Supreme Court, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He obtained his law degree from The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL; a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL; and a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. Keith also attended Air Command and Staff College, by seminar and
Squadron Officer School, by residence and correspondence. Prior to law school, Keith worked as a construction project manager on several multi-million dollar commercial new construction projects in the Chicago area.
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