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Stefan M. Mason

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Local Address: Los Angeles, California, United States
International Academy of Mediators
250 Consumers Road Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario M2J 4V6
Canada

Company Description: The International Academy of Mediators (IAM) has committed itself - as an organization and as a community of worldwide professionals - to encouraging and promoting...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • J.D.
    Univ. of Calif. Los Angeles School of Law
  • B.A. , Languages
    Dartmouth College
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The International Academy of Mediators
www.iamed.org, 20 May 2012 [cached]
Stefan M. Mason
Parties in mediation often are more knowledgeable than the mediator concerning how their needs and interests can best be met. IAM Fellow Stefan Mason discusses storytelling as a mediation tool.
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Stefan M. Mason
IAM Fellow Stefan Mason describes how mediations have an extraordinarily high resolution rate because of the power of the face-to-face meeting between the parties in the joint session.
Stefan M. Mason, Mediator: masonmediate.com: Daily Journal
www.masonmediate.com, 4 April 2012 [cached]
Independent Century City neutral Stefan M. Mason found his niche in the late 1980's when, as plaintiffs counsel in a sexual harassment action, he witnessed firsthand the power of an effective mediator to accommodate the needs and interests of all parties to a dispute. The claim of Mason's female client in that litigation hinged on whether she had given timely notice of the harassment to management. Encouraged by the mediator to simply relate her story, the plaintiff looked at one of the partners in the defendant law firm and asked him directly, "Don't you remember I told you about this?"
As the partner indicated that he had no such recollection, Mason's client proceeded to quietly recount the detailed circumstances surrounding her earlier communication. As Mason recalls, when the partner's brow furrowed and he began to nod his head affirmatively, "the case was over. Concluding that all the lengthy depositions, extensive discovery and cross-examinations could not have achieved the breakthrough that had been accomplished in those few minutes, Mason realized that the focus and direction of his career had taken a turn. "I knew then and there," he says, "that I had found my true calling. From that point forward, I wanted to be the peacemaker."
Now a full-time neutral specializing in labor and employment relations law, Mason spends the majority of his working day in mediation, devoting the remainder to arbitration. And based on the assessment of attorneys utilizing his dispute resolution services, he is singularly well-suited to the role. Mason has all the requisite personal qualities of a "peacemaker": tact, empathy, patience, credibility, integrity, shrewdness, tenacity and creativity. Additionally, he possesses an infectious equanimity that creates the dispassionate climate in which conciliation and compromise are possible.
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Attorneys describe Mason as one who "works very, very hard and keeps all the parties talking. He's also able to instill confidence in the litigants. "He makes the parties think he is listening to them, because he is. Mason employs a "shuttle diplomacy" technique that is marked by separate, ex parte conferences geared toward "collapsing" the parties' pent-up anger, resentment and anxiety; the relating of "war stories" aimed at providing litigants and counsel alike with a "reality check" on their expectations; and a refusal to abandon the notion that all legitimate disputes are susceptible of resolution. Inviting the litigants to "vent and feel they've been heard. he believes that "the major purpose of mediation is to calm down the parties."
Apart from his full mediation and arbitration schedules, Mason finds time to serve as a Fellow of the recently formed International Academy of Mediators. The International Academy is a group whose goals include organizing a worldwide dispute resolution network and establishing a uniform system of qualification and certification standards for mediators. He is also a visiting lecturer at UCLA's School of Law and is a California State Bar lecturer for MCLE credit in employment discrimination litigation. Mason is a certified mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association's client relations and fee disputes program. Additionally, he is an active member of a wide array of professional associations, advisory committees and scholarly councils and has au®thored a string of legal treatises, practice guides and handbooks on employment law.
Born May 10, 1939, in Maywood, California, Mason overcame a decidedly rocky start in life when, at age 15, he was expelled from high school and found himself jobless and homeless. Despite those obstacles, he was able to obtain a full academic scholarship at Dartmouth College. After graduating in 1962, he lived on Mt. Kilimanjaro for two years, teaching high school English, mathematics, drama and soccer in what is now Tanzania. He received his juris doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 1967, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, served as the Law Review's editor-in-chief and was nominated by the faculty to serve as law clerk for then U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren.
Though Mason was invited to clerk for Justices Roger Traynor and Stanley Mosk, financial considerations compelled him to work as an associate attorney with Munger, Tolles, Hills & Rickershauser in Los Angeles immediately upon graduation.
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"I think a lot of social good has been done in the country by civil litigation in the employment field," Mason said during a recent interview. "It's had the beneficial effect of improving labor conditions in terms of enhancing workplace safety, minimizing employer harassment and fortifying job security over the past 25 to 30 years, especially in the nonunion setting... [and] I think it's been the fear of litigation that has served as an impetus for employers to really get their act together and treat people fairly."
Having presided over his first mediation in early 1993, Mason is now a full-time neutral, serving as a mediator in "about 95%" of his cases and, by choice, as an arbitrator only "from time to time. Judging from the impressions of attorneys familiar with his style, approach and efficacy, it may fairly be said that Mason is a neutral with a unique aptitude for the art and science of peacemaking. Paraphrasing writer Joseph Campbell, Mason himself observed: "If you want to lead a life of grandeur, you find out what activity makes you blissful and you follow your bliss; I feel that I've found that bliss in mediation."
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Stefan M. Mason, Los Angeles, California (310) 286-7671 smason@masonmediate.com
Stefan M. Mason, Mediator: masonmediate.com: Short Profile
www.masonmediate.com, 4 April 2012 [cached]
Stefan Mason has extensive experience litigating employment and business disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants since 1967. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review and was a partner at Munger, Tolles and Olson until 1979.
Mr. Mason began serving as an arbitrator in 1974 for the American Arbitration Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Client Relations and Fee Disputes Program and, since 1993, has devoted himself exclusively to building his highly successful mediation practice focusing on litigated employment, business and professional disputes.
Mr. Mason has achieved resolutions in hundreds of mediations and has an enviable settlement rate. He writes and teaches extensively on effective mediation advocacy and is considered one of the most effective settlement facilitators in California. Mr. Mason has been a visiting lecturer at the UCLA School of Law and Pepperdine University School of Law. He also serves as fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, whose goals include organizing a worldwide dispute resolution network and establishing a uniform system of qualification and certification standards for mediators.
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Judging from the impressions of attorneys familiar with his style, approach and efficacy,...it may fairly be said that Mason is a neutral with a unique aptitude for the art and science of peacemaking."
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Stefan M. Mason, Santa Barbara, California (805) 687-7147 smason@masonmediate.com
The International Academy of Mediators
www.iamed.org, 8 Dec 2011 [cached]
Stefan Mason Appointed Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine
Stefan Mason has been appointed Adjunct Professor of Law at the Pepperdine University School of LawÂ's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He will be teaching a course entitled Â"Select Issues in Employment MediationÂ" commencing January 8, 2007 to upper division students at the Malibu campus.
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In a front page article, IAM Fellow Stefan Mason was recently profiled by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Click here to read all about our Southern California colleague and his philosophy of using story telling in mediation.
The International Academy of Mediators
www.iamed.org, 12 Aug 2008 [cached]
Stefan M. Mason
The International Academy of Mediators
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Stefan M. MasonPresident
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Stefan M. Mason, A Mediation Corporation2102 Century Park LaneSuite 405Los Angeles, CA 90067-3306
Phone: (310) 286-7671Fax: (310) 286-7519
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