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Ani Van Dyke Mason

Family Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   30 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Ani

Learn Ani’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    34%
    Prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements

  2. Divorce and separation
    33%

  3. Mediation
    33%

Ani Mason is a matrimonial attorney and mediator in New York City. She founded Mason Law & Mediation, LLC in 2014 and has been honored by Super Lawyers for the last eight years through selection to its New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Ani graduated with honors from Princeton University and New York University School of Law, which she attended on full merit scholarship. She has held a Fulbright Fellowship, a Sinsheimer Scholarship and a Skadden Fellowship.

Prior to dedicating her law practice to out-of-court dispute resolution, Ani litigated high-conflict divorces on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. She has worked for the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, the consulting firm Accenture, and various international human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Save the Children, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and UNICEF, while living in Madrid, Cairo and Mexico City.

Ani is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. She has also studied human behavior at the NYU School of Social Work and psychoanalysis at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.

Ani has taught a seminar on divorce mediation at Cardozo Law School and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York.

She is fluent in Spanish, proficient in French and can still get around (more or less) with her very basic Arabic.

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Mason Law & Mediation, LLC
60 East 42nd Street
New York, NY, 10165

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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2024
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Excellent Collaborative Divorce Attorney
Ani is extremely smart and well-versed in the intricacies of divorce law. Her optimism and empathetic approach infused every interaction with a sense of hope and reassurance. During the financial settlement negotiations, Ani was a true collaborator. She didn't just offer solutions; she took the time to carefully consider my ideas and worked through them with me. Divorce is a very unsettling, long, hard process and I am grateful that Ani was on my team.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2024
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Highly Recommended
We engaged Ani to mediate our divorce. The thought of divorce, with the emotional and financial implications, was overwhelming before she got involved. Ani is an excellent attorney with good judgment and wonderful personal skills. She and her team documented the terms of our agreement with clarity and precision. Her knowledge, support and guidance got me through the process smoothly.
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Posted by Andrew | December 2, 2023
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Consummate Professional
My ex spouse and I were very lucky to have found Ani. Her professionalism and compassion made what could have been a very difficult and costly process easy to navigate. I highly recommend ani and her team.
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2023
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fantastic
Ani handled my divorce thru the worst of the pandemic. It was a long-knotted process and she stayed steadfast and so positive.
Posted by Skyler | June 16, 2023
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Highly Recommend for Prenup Mediation
My partner and I had a wonderful experience working with Ani utilizing her mediation service for our prenup. Ani is personable, efficient and navigated us through the process flawlessly. We highly recommend Ani!
Posted by Michael | June 1, 2022
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So lucky to have found her!
Ani was an amazing source of support as I navigated my divorce. My ex and decided to go the route of mediation, but we both hired lawyers to consult with and review legal documents, and Ani was my lawyer. She was communicative, reliable, knowledgeable, and thoughtful. Divorce is a terrible process to go through, but Ani made it easier. Thank you so much Ani!
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Posted by Alexis | May 26, 2022
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Exceptional
Ani Mason and her team were wonderful to work with and always provided incredible attention to detail, empathy and clear communication. I cannot recommend her highly enough and consider it a pleasure to have worked with her throughout our legal process.
Posted by Sue | March 12, 2022
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Great experience
My ex and I hired Ani as a mediator when we first decided to divorce. She is very well-organized, thorough, and clear and, at the same time, thoughtful and caring. We moved on to individual counsel, but I felt Ani provided an excellent foundation and resources for the process.
Posted by Diane | May 27, 2021
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Exactly right for us
5 stars Ani was exactly the right lawyer for me and my ex-husband as we navigated our separation and divorce. Even though we were divorcing, we wanted to keep things respectful and equitable between us, and wanted to avoid an adversarial approach. Together with my ex-husband, I initially hired Ani to be our mediator and develop the separation agreement. For the final divorce, I hired her to represent me. Ani helped us to remain amicable, and to keep the pragmatics of the agreement separate from the emotions of the process. For various reasons on our part, my ex and I took several years to work through the details, but Ani remained with us throughout, always available when we needed her, while allowing us space when we needed that. Her work was impeccable. She has a calm, caring demeanor, and maintained a completely even-handed approach. For couples who wish to maintain good relations even while going through an emotionally difficult process, we highly recommend Ani Mason.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2021
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Thoughtful and thorough
Ani handled my prenup negotiation and an addendum to it about two years later. In both cases she was was extremely thoughtful and thorough, and helped me understand the implications of the draft agreements my partner's lawyers provided. She recommended commonsense changes that reflected my and my partner's wish to have a fair agreement that protects us both, and I came out of the process feeling far more secure than I did when it began. I wouldn't wish a prenup negotiation on anyone -- it's an uncomfortable process even under the best of circumstances. But Ani helped me arrive at an agreement that gave me more protection even as she honored my and my partner's wish to treat one another in a non-adversarial way throughout the process. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Justin | March 6, 2021
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Wonderful counselor and advocate
I couldn’t recommend Ani more highly. Ani provided the perfect combination of expert legal advice, compassion and execution during the divorce process. She was diligent and detailed and provided explanations that were very helpful, and she did so while recognizing and acknowledging the human element involved. Ani really was a wonderful lawyer and partner throughout everything.
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Posted by Mark | February 27, 2021
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As good as the experience of divorce can be
Ani was extremely helpful during my divorce. The combination of her legal expertise and compassionate approach was exactly what I needed during that difficult time. There was no issue with the paperwork and her legal advice was impeccable.
Posted by Louis | January 5, 2021
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Successful prenuptial mediation
Negotiating prenuptial agreements is fraught process given the conflicting emotions the situation creates. Ani ensured I navigated this process thoughtfully and effectively, which allowed my wife and myself to end with an agreement that both properly protected each of us as well as helped reinforce the effective communication which is so critical to a successful relationship.
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Posted by Michelle | September 25, 2020
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Pleasure to work with/excellent communicator
It was a pleasure working with Ani. I really appreciated that she made sure I understood everything along the way which is so the opposite of every interaction I’ve had with attorneys professionally. I also found her to be fair and constructive when dealing with the attorney on the other side. Her overall demeanor and communication style certainly improved the anxious inducing pre-nup process. Would certainly recommend to any friends and family.
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Posted by Rob | June 10, 2020
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Outstanding Collaborative Divorce Attorney
Ani was a fantastic advocate for me and shepherded me through a difficult collaborative divorce, both legally and emotionally. She’s super smart and kind. Not only is she extremely facile with family law, she just “gets it.”
Posted by Kathryn | May 4, 2020
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Gracious Professional Support Through Challenging Time
A colleague/friend recommended Ani to help my ex and me navigate the challenges of mediation and ultimately divorce. This was a multi-year process which journeyed through a range of emotions and grief. Ani was/is a patient guide, attentive and supportive of our stops and starts, always getting back to us quickly after we reached out. She saw us through the entire process with grace and patience. Our divorce started with hurt and anger and ended with love and respect. I am incredibly grateful to Ani, her assistant Dee and entire team for their professional service and compassionate wayshowing.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2020
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Thoughtful and efficient
Annie is kind and thoughtful. She made a difficult experience go smoothly. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Jason | April 16, 2020
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High Recommended
We used Ani for the mediation process to settle our divorce. After both using other attorneys both separately and together once we met with Ani we stopped using the others and worked with her exclusively. There was some initial tension on our part, Ani was able to deescalate the situation and get everyone to work together in a professional and productive manner. Things went smoothly from then on and I'm glad we found her.
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Posted by Thomas | April 15, 2020
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Superb mediation
Ani is an incredible Mediator. Her balanced approach and expertise was such a relief in a difficult circumstance. I can't imagine a better facilitator of communication for our situation. Her pod cast is also highly recommended.
Posted by Sarah | May 12, 2019
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Family Divorce Attorney + Mediator
I highly recommend Ani Mason. My ex-husband and I worked with her for a 2 year process of drafting and filing our divorce agreement, with separate individual attorneys used sparingly for some additional consult and review prior to signing papers. Ani is thoughtful, intelligent, and has a compassionate, sensitive ability to mediate. Her lovely disposition encourages a positive experience in an often unpleasant circumstance. I highly recommend Ani !
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Mason Law & Mediation, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate
  • Miller Law Group
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Skadden Fellow + Staff Attorney
  • Legal Services of NYC
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Skadden Fellow
  • Urban Justice Center
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Researcher
  • UNICEF
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Legal Intern
  • Legal Aid Society
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Legal Analyst
  • Refugee Legal Aid Project
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Fulbright Fellow
  • Save the Children + UNHCR
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Human Rights Watch
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Business Analyst
  • Accenture
  • 2000 - 2001
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Education

  • New York University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2007
  • Princeton University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Associations

  • Family & Divorce Mediation Council
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Family & Divorce Mediation Council
  • Former Board Member
  • 2011 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Flom Incubator Grant
  • Skadden Foundation
  • 2011
  • Skadden Fellowship
  • Skadden Foundation
  • 2007
  • Sinsheimer Scholarship
  • NYU School of Law
  • 2004
  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • Fulbright Association
  • 2002
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Mediation Panel Discussion for ABA's Mediation Week
  • The Future of Mediation
  • 2015
  • Healthier Paths to Divorce
  • Comparing Divorce Processes: Mediation vs. Collaborative Law vs. Litigation
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Mediation Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ani Mason has been a trusted colleague for many years. She is intelligent and passionate about her work, and a highly skilled, creative, and thoughtful mediator and collaborative lawyer. I regularly refer my clients who choose to resolve their family law and divorce issues in an out-of-court and supportive setting to Ani. I recommend her without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Ani in many different capacities - as a mediator for clients of mine, as opposing counsel on cases and as a colleague in two different discussion groups. Ani is absolutely top notch in every different role. She is a thoughtful, skilled and effective mediator; a strong advocate for her clients who is also extremely ethical on the opposite side of a case; and an invaluable, helpful and intelligent member of my discussion groups. I frequently recommend Ani to clients and she would be my personal go-to attorney if I needed help in a family matter."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ani is an excellent family attorney. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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New York Family Lawyer Ani Van Dyke Mason
Ani Van Dyke Mason
Family Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 15 years