Christine Masters has dedicated her legal career to the resolution of work-related disputes, first as a litigator and since 1997 exclusively as a neutral. A pioneer in ADR techniques, she is widely recognized as an extremely skilled and successful mediator, arbitrator, and independent investigator fact finder working in a wide range of employment settings from Fortune 100 companies to the public sector, family businesses to non-profit organizations and religious institutions.
She began serving as a neutral in the mediation and arbitration of workplace disputes and as an investigator in discrimination sexual harassment, and employee misconduct matters in 1994. A year later she was selected to serve on the Employment and Commercial Panels of the American Arbitration Association. By 1998, Ms. Masters was working exclusively as a neutral, providing services throughout California and Nevada. Over the years, she has trained extensively in dispute resolution, attending The Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, among others. She constantly strives to deepen her study of conflict and its resolution, and has integrated her knowledge of nonviolent communication (NVC) and gerontology (the study of aging) into her practice.
A member of numerous professional associations, Ms. Masters was elected as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 1999, and as a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators in 2011. She has long been active in the Labor & Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, serving as Chair of the Section in 2000 – 2001. She regularly addresses advocacy, academic, and employer groups on a wide variety of employment and ADR related topics and is author of numerous articles and book chapters on these issues. The Los Angeles Daily Journal has recognized her annually as a “top neutral” since 2003. In 2013, she was named to the Masters List of Neutrals, along with twenty four (24) of her colleagues in California who have been repeatedly recognized over the years as a Top Neutral.
Ms. Masters began her legal career at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1978, assigned to the Los Angeles District Office first as an investigator and then as a trial attorney. In 1982 she was recruited by Allred, Maroko, Goldberg, & Ribakoff, a civil rights law firm in Los Angeles, where she served as counsel for more than a decade before leaving to found Masters & Ribakoff. While at Allred firm, she represented individuals involved in employment disputes, as well as advised several small to medium sized employers. She continued that work until she transitioned her practice from advocacy to neutral services.
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