I am a mediator and trial attorney. My expertise can help you stay out of court and into solutions.
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
Hourly ($250-325/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)
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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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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
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. https://www.dropbox.com/s/x6b7z7e7llikmmy/stip%20re%20facts%20%26%20conclusions%20of%20law.pdf?dl=0 Full record available here. http://www.statebarcourt.ca.gov/PublicRecordsInformation.aspx”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Associate attorney||Rogers Sheffield & Campbell||1989 - 1994|
|Associate attorney||Seed Mackall & Cole (Now Seed Mackall, LLP)||1986 - 1988|
|Associate attorney||Donahue Gallagher Woods, LLP||1983 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Southern California Mediation Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Conflict Solutions Center||Volunteer mediator||2015 - Present|
|The ManKind Project||Member||2008 - Present|
|Santa Barbara County Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1984 - Present|
|University of California - Santa Barbara||N/A||Certificate in Mediation and Dispute Resolution||2014|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|University of Oregon||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1978|