About Robin Masson

About Robin Masson

About Robin Masson Mediator Santa Barbara

I am passionate about mediation because it works.  Not only does it cost less than going to court, but you, the clients, are in control of the process and the outcome.  You engage in constructive problem-solving that maximizes each person's satisfaction.  Mediation is private and confidential.  And it honors relationships among family members, in the community, and among business associates.

I am a former litigation attorney and, despite my best efforts to resolve matters amicably, I also had the painful experience of having to sue my former law partner to enforce our partnership agreement. So, I know, first-hand, just how disempowering, expensive, and time consuming it can be to resolve conflict through the courts. And I also know how limited the options available in court are. So, I transitioned from “gladiator” to “facilitator,” and I have spent the last 25 years as a mediator, helping clients to resolve their disputes with creative solutions that give each person more of what’s important to him/her, while tailoring the result to the unique needs of the parties.

Testimonials

Robin Masson has done a fantastic job as an attorney for my husband Brian and me on several occasions. She took the time to research the cases that she was working on for us, and acted appropriately on our behalf, resulting in a favorable outcome. We would definitely hire Robin again, and recommend her highly.
Terry Mingle

Articles

Negotiate in Mediation for What You Need -- And Get It.

Negotiate in Mediation for What You Need -- And Get It.
By Robin Masson on Jul 22, 2017 in Divorce Mediation

Face it: most of us are not very good at asking others for what we need. We tend to come off as either too aggressive or wishy-washy. Moreover, when we’re in conflict, our asking skills tend to deteriorate into either demanding bitchiness or passive-aggressiveness that descends into resentment. Not a good look, on anyone.

But, there’s a way to ask for what you need and to enlist others in giving it to you, by being respectfully assertive. It requires communicating clearly what your needs are, how others’ behavior affects you, and enlists others in satisfying your needs.

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Cohabitation Mediation - What I Wish I'd Known Before Moving in Together

Cohabitation Mediation - What I Wish I'd Known Before Moving in Together
By Robin Masson on Jun 09, 2017 in Cohabitation Mediation

Much less planning goes into cohabitation than into a wedding, but it is, in many ways, a bigger legal, financial and emotional step.

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Divorce Mediation - The Orange: A Parable About Interest-Based Negotiation

Divorce Mediation - The Orange: A Parable About Interest-Based Negotiation
By Robin Masson on Jun 01, 2017 in Divorce Mediation

Nick and Nora were separating and couldn’t agree upon who should get the orange. Since there was only one orange, it appeared that the “fair” solution (and the one most likely to be imposed if they were in court) would be for them to slice it in half, and each would get half an orange.

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