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Howard L. Meyer II, renowned trial lawyer March 1, 1930 -- March 21, 2006

Howard L. Meyer II, a renowned trial lawyer, died Tuesday in his East Aurora home after a long illness. He was 76.

Born in Williamsville, he was a graduate of Williamsville High School, where he played tackle on the football team, and the University of Buffalo, where he also played varsity football. He went on to earn a master's degree from the UB Law School and a degree in international law from Cambridge University in England. He served in the

National Guard.

Mr. Meyer was associated with the Jaeckle Fleischmann and Saperston firms before opening his own practice. He gained national recognition as a specialist in construction litigation.

After closing his practice in the mid-1990s, he became an expert on computer forensics and taught computer research at the UB Law School. He later taught in UB's department of American studies.

In 1970, during the student rioting at UB, he was appointed "university prosecutor" and tried cases on campus that led to the expulsion or suspension of several dozen students accused of assault, menacing and destruction of property.

He wrote a highly opinionated commentary, the Fifth Column, for the Erie County Bar Association's monthly Bulletin and was the author of "The First Book of Attorney Abuse and Bench Bashing," which poked fun at the federal judiciary.

Mr. Meyer and other members of his family joined in collecting neglected prints from the 1930s New York Federal Art Project, amassing one of the major private collections of American printmaking from the era. It currently is housed at UB.

He was a member emeritus of the University at Buffalo Foundation and was one of the founders of the Williamsville Junior Chamber of Commerce. He also was a longtime member of the Buffalo Club and the Cambridge Club.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, Arctic canoeing and horseback riding at his summer home outside Coudersport, Pa. A Buffalo resident for many years, he moved to East Aurora in 1995.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Diane Yaeger; a son, Albert III of Painesville, Ohio; a daughter, Elizabeth Cleary of Elma; a brother, Albert of Williamsville; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora.


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