Business Disputes Resolution Santa Barbara

Business Disputes Resolution

As a mediator, I help business partners work out the terms of a partnership agreement that outlines decision-making authority, investment responsibilities, buy-out options, bringing new investors or partners, and any other issues necessary to assure the smooth running of a business. I also help business partners resolve conflicts that may be getting in the way of a successful enterprise. And if there is a need to dissolve the business, I will work with the partners to come up with a plan to divide up the business assets and liabilities and establish responsibility for winding up the business’s affairs.

I also work with businesses to resolve conflicts with vendors, customers, landlords, and others, to help them avoid the cost and time involved in going to court, to produce mutually satisfying resolutions, and to preserve the ability to continue those relationships.  

With mediation, all of these issues are resolved privately, so the public is not privy to your trade secrets, vulnerabilities, or "dirty laundry."

Testimonials

I have known and worked with Robin Masson as an attorney and mediator almost forty years. I have the utmost confidence in her skills and professionalism. Robin brings to the table such a high degree of caring about the clients and about the process, and such a high degree of personal integrity that I and other members of the professional community have complete trust in her.
Charles Guttman, Esq.
Guttman & Reiter

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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