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Laurence Oliver Masson

Civil rights Attorney at Berkeley, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 44 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 51 years
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 51 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1973
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Laurence

Learn Laurence’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    42 U.S.C. 1983 cases, especially wrongful convictions

  2. Employment and labor
    Assist negotiating employment contracts and severance agreements for corporate officers and other highly compensated employees


Law Office of Laurence O. Masson
2625 Alcatraz Avenue
Suite 206
Berkeley, CA, 94705

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Posted by Chris | October 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A great attorney you can trust
I worked with Larry on a case that spanned a year, and would highly recommend him. He is one of those rare attorneys who are honest and upfront on what could and couldn't be done in a unique case like mine. He's extremely creative and passionate about his clients and work. I couldn't of asked for a better outcome. If he takes your case, you are in good hands.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2014
Friendly, knowledgeable, persistent... and not easily intimidated.
Larry represented me against my former employer - a popular and well resourced tech company in the Bay Area - to negotiate an improved severance agreement. A number of other attorneys to whom I had spoken before Larry were less than optimistic about my chances for success, but Larry agreed to take my case and persevered through some relatively involved negotiations and was able to obtain a severance package that allowed me to realize a significantly larger portion of my compensation than I was initially offered! He was calm, professional, and reassuring throughout, explaining the process clearly along the way, and scheduled time to talk with me in advance of deadlines when decisions had to be made so I would have time to think and ask any additional questions, if I had them, through each of the stages of that negotiation. I was particularly impressed by his ability to forge a good working relationship with the company's representatives and make steady progress despite the friction between myself and ex-employer, and tension in the situation due to upcoming deadlines for both sides. Without his assistance, my family and I would have lost the majority of the compensation I had otherwise been due to receive, and he turned a horrifying situation into something that was much more fair, and much better than I'd expected, which was a huge weight off my shoulders!
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Posted by DennisMarks | November 18, 2014
Excellent Representation
Please do not hesitate to enlist the services of Laurence Masson. Mr. Masson represented me in an employment matter against a major corporation. I was kept very well informed and also encouraged to be proactive where appropriate. Mr. Masson fully utilized all resources to and including travel to meet with witnesses on my behalf. I would not hesistate to contact Larry if I required legal services in the future.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Staff attorney; Acting Regional Director
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • 1973 - 1983
  • Attorney
  • U.S. Claims Court
  • 1972 - 1973


  • Georgetown Univ Law Ctr
  • law
  • 1972
  • Princeton Univ
  • undergraduate
  • 1969

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Conte v. Wyeth et al., 168 Cal.App.4th 89 (2008)
  • for plaintiff
  • McKenney v. Purepac Pharmaceutical Co. (2008) 167 Cal.App.4th 72
  • for Plaintiff
  • F.T.C. v. H.N. Singer, Inc., et al., 668 F.2d 1107 (9th Cir. 1982)
  • for Plaintiff


  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2005 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Largest Published Settlements in California for 2009
  • The Recorder
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in California
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (2)
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Litigation Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Masson is possessed of patience, integrity and intelligence. He is both a friend and colleague for many years. I am pleased to endorse him on AVVO."
Employment and labor

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Berkeley Civil rights Lawyer Laurence Oliver Masson
Laurence Oliver Masson
Civil rights Attorney
Berkeley, CA
Licensed for 51 years