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Stefan M. Mason

Arbitrator

American Arbitration Association

HQ Phone:  (212) 716-5800

Email: m***@***.org

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American Arbitration Association

120 Broadway FL 21

New York City, New York,10271

United States

Company Description

The global leader in conflict management since 1926, the American Arbitration Association is a not-for-profit, public service organization committed to the resolution of disputes through the use of arbitration, mediation, conciliation, negotiation, democratic ...more

Background Information

Employment History

Southern California Mediation Association


Arbitrator for Client Relations and Fee Disputes Program

Los Angeles County Bar Association


Attorney

ADR Services , Inc.


Los Angeles MEDIATOR

National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals


Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review

UCLA


Visiting Lecturer

Pepperdine University


Partner

Munger , Tolles & Olson LLP


Affiliations

YourMembership.com Incorporated

Fellow


International Academy of Mediators

Fellow


Los Angeles Police Department

Member


Education

B.A.

Languages

Dartmouth College


J.D.

Univ. of Calif. Los Angeles School of Law


degree

Pepperdine University


Web References(35 Total References)


Stefan M. Mason, Mediator: masonmediate.com: Review

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STEFAN MASON ESQ.
Previous Experience: Private law practice in Los Angeles, Ca1if. as President. Stefan M. Mason. a Law Corp., 1979--; Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson. 1970-79; Associate, Munger. Tolles, Hills & Rickershauser, 1969-70. Law Offices of Stefan M. Mason, Esq. 886 Cheltenham Road Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Telephone: 805.687.7147 Stefan Mason was described by respondents as a "very calm" person who is "not overbearing," and is able to instill confidence in litigants. "He makes the parties think he is listening to them - because he is - but also that they are heard. He is sensitive in that respect. "He presents a calm. reasoned persona. "He knows what the attorneys and parties are going through and you are somehow reassured that he understands, that he empathizes with you. "He is very calm and his calmness is contagious." Most of the attorneys interviewed had mediations with Mr. Mason, but one plaintiffs' lawyer did volunteer, "He is an exceptional arbitrator in employment cases." There was general agreement among respondents from both sides of the bar that Mr. Mason is unbiased. "He is neither pro-management nor pro-emp1oyee. He seems to evaluate the case on its merits. "He is very good and very fair. "He has done both sides of employment cases. He has represented management and represented employees." The defense attorneys who were interviewed conceded that Mr. Mason has litigated on behalf of both sides, but most opined that this worked to their advantage because he knows both sides of the fence, and it gives him credibility with both sides. Stefan M. Mason, Santa Barbara, California (805) 687-7147 smason@masonmediate.com


Stefan M. Mason, Mediator: masonmediate.com: Short Profile

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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. 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." Stefan M. Mason, Santa Barbara, California (805) 687-7147 smason@masonmediate.com


Stefan M. Mason, Mediator: masonmediate.com: Daily Journal

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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. 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. "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." Stefan M. Mason, Los Angeles, California (310) 286-7671 smason@masonmediate.com


Stefan Mason, Mediator, based in Los Angeles, California.

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MEMBER PROFILE: Stefan Mason
Stefan Mason In fulltime mediation since 1993, Stefan Mason is a respected and sought-after neutral, having resolved over 1000 litigated employment, business and professional disputes to date. Stefan is also recognized as a Fellow by the International Academy of Mediators. Stefan Mason has experience in settling the following civil matters: 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 1980. 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, Straus Institute. 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.


www.adrservices.org

STEFAN MASON, Esq.ADR Services - Stefan M. Mason, Esq.As a neutral, Mr. Mason has successfully mediated hundreds of disputes, including complicated sexual harassment, wrongful termination and all types of discrimination claims.Certified mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (1975-2000).Member of the Los Angeles Police Commission's Board of Rights serving as a Commission Hearing Examiner (1994-1997).WORK HISTORY2000 to Present President, Stefan M. Mason, A Mediation Corporation1979 to 2000 President, Stefan M. Mason, A Law Corporation


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