Pamela R. Masters
Pamela Masters’s practice focuses on collaborative divorce, marital and family law and general civil appeals. She has 15 years experience as a marital and family law litigator and mediator. She is a Florida Supreme Court-certified mediator and a Georgia Supreme Court-certified family mediator with advanced training in family and employment mediation. She utilizes her skills to collaboratively solve problems and understand differing viewpoint and competing interests. She has mediated family law, commercial, business and employment disputes.
Additionally, Ms. Masters has over nine years of appellate practice experience gained while working as a senior staff attorney and then Clerk of Court at the 5th District Court of Appeal. At the 5th, she reviewed and analyzed thousands of civil and criminal appeals. As the Clerk of Court, Ms. Masters oversaw 11 deputy clerks and was exposed to almost every conceivable appellate procedural issue. Her experience in invaluable to our appellate clients. Since returning to private practice, Mrs. Masters has successfully litigated appeals in several of the district courts of appeal statewide.
Mrs. Masters is known for being relentlessly responsive to her clients and opposing counsel, for her collaborative approach to problem solving and for her professionalism, efficiency and organization.
Mrs. Masters graduated with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida and the University of Florida College of Law where she was awarded the designation of Order of the Coif. At the University of Florida, Ms. Masters was a member of Law Review, an Appellate Advocacy, Research and Writing teaching fellow, and was awarded the book award for the highest grade in Professionalism. After beginning her career at Smith, Gambrell & Russell in Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Masters returned to her hometown of Daytona Beach in 2000. She joined Cobb Cole in early 2016 after her tenure at the 5th District Court of Appeal.
Ms. Masters has been recognized by her peers having received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a rating achieved by only 5 percent of attorneys and placed on the 2013 Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
Ms. Masters has been active in the community through her establishment of and work with the nonprofit organization Grassroots Giving. Through Grassroots Giving, Mrs. Masters helped under privileged children to participate in enrichment activities such as band, dance or athletics that they otherwise would not be able to afford with the vision that enabling children to participate in such activities would normalize their lives as much as possible and perhaps provide role models and a place of belonging for them.
Additionally, Ms. Masters volunteers her time for several hours each week to record books and periodicals for the visually handicapped which are distributed throughout the state by the Talkingbook Library of the Florida Division of Blind Services. Ms. Masters has served on the Volusia County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee where she helped to insure that future development in Volusia County included adequate provisions for bicyclists and pedestrians. Ms. Masters is a certified indoor cycling and pilates instructor who, when not litigating or mediating, enjoys sharing her love of fitness with others.
Areas of Practice
- Appellate Law
- Family and Marital Law
- Collaborative Divorce
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
- J.D. - 1986
- Honors: With Honors
- University of Florida
- B.A. - 1983
- Honors: With High Honors
- Major: Criminal Justice
- Resource speaker on "Mediation, Arbitration and Conflict Management System" for the Executive Committee (TEC) Worldwide , an organization for CEO's, 1987 - 2000
Honors and Awards
- American Jurisprudence Book Award in Professional Responsibility
Professional Associations and Memberships
- The Atlanta Bar, 1987 - 2000
- Atlanta and Dekalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, 1987 - 2000
- Family Mediation Association of Georgia, 1996 to 2000; President 1998-1999, 1996 - 2000
- Orange County Bar Association, 2015 - Present
- Dunn Blount American Inn of Court
- Volusia County Transportation and Planning Organization, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, 2012 - March 31, 2015
- Secretary and Board Member of Grassroots Giving, a non-profit corporation, Co-Founder, 2001 - 2015
- Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community, Member, Parish Council, 2015 - Present