Professional Profile

Telly J. Meier


Originally from Fargo, ND, Telly Meier has practiced law for nearly 20 years. He moved to the DC area in 2006 after obtaining a Masters in Taxation from the University of Florida. Since then, Telly has had the honor of serving Indian Country in several capacities. He spent five years at a major law firm representing Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofits before the Internal Revenue Service, Congress, and the courts. In 2011, Telly joined the IRS’s Office of Indian Tribal Governments. Telly held various roles during his time at the IRS, culminating with his directing the Office of Indian Tribal Governments. Telly joined Hobbs Straus in 2023.

Telly’s legal practice focuses on federal and state tax matters, employee benefit issues, business structuring activities, and Bank Secrecy Act audits of Indian gaming facilities. He regularly represents tribes and their enterprises on a wide array of complex transactions and compliance matters aimed at optimizing tax outcomes. Telly advises nonprofit organizations on a variety of issues relating to obtaining and maintaining tax exempt status.

Telly serves on the Board of the National Intertribal Tax Alliance. He is also a member of both the pension and dual taxation subcommittees that advise the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee.

Telly lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and three children.


University of Florida Levin College of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 2003
University of North Dakota School of Law, J.D., 2002
North Dakota State University, B.S. (Economics and Business Administration), 1999

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
North Dakota

Of Note

Court Admissions: United States Tax Court