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I have practiced law for 31 years and been a trial attorney since 1989. I am now also a mediator. My experience in the court system leads me to believe that mediation is often a better alternative than court action.


By mediating early in the process, the parties can save a great deal in attorney’s fees, and be spared prolonged anguish and frustration. My goal is to help you resolve your legal disputes in the most cost-effective and satisfying way possible.


My philosophy:   Chances are your case will settle. Over 90% of them do. You might as well try before you and your money are exhausted.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Contact info

Sayre Macneil

Mediator / Attorney at Law
1475 Hillcrest Road
Santa Barbara, CA, 93103

Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 30%
    17 years
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 20%
    27 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    27 years
  4. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
    27 years
  5. Arbitration: 10%
    27 years



Hourly ($250-325/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

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  • Dennis Joseph Shea

    I have known Sayre MacNeil for many years, based on our both practicing law in Santa Barbara. Sayre is a highly-competent lawyer who is well-respected in the community. I am familiar with Sayre's reputation in the community, which is excellent. At various times I have referred prospective clients to Sayre. Without exception he has fully and capably followed through on those situations. The referrals have invariablly informed me that they had a positive experience with Sayre. I've never received any complaints. Sayre practices in several areas of the law, including real estate, bankruptcy, and business litigation. He also serves as a mediator. From time to time I have spoken with Sayre concerning legal issues which one or the other of us has confronted. Sayre's analysis has always been insightful and helpful. I highly recommend Sayre MacNeil to anyone who is looking for legal assistance.


    Dennis Shea Litigation Attorney
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline, Probation; no Actual Suspension
    issued in CA, 1998


    This sanction means the attorney had a suspension placed on hold (and ultimately removed) by complying with certain requirements.

    Sayre’s comment: “PLEASE NOTE that I did not take advantage of or betray a client in any way. I represented her in a conservatorship proceeding and obtained her release from a facility without notifying the public authorities. A copy of the facts and conclusions of law from the court documents can be viewed here. Full record available here.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate attorneyRogers Sheffield & Campbell1989 - 1994
Associate attorneySeed Mackall & Cole (Now Seed Mackall, LLP)1986 - 1988
Associate attorneyDonahue Gallagher Woods, LLP1983 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Southern California Mediation AssociationMember2015 - Present
Conflict Solutions CenterVolunteer mediator2015 - Present
The ManKind ProjectMember2008 - Present
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1984 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Santa BarbaraN/ACertificate in Mediation and Dispute Resolution2014
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of OregonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978