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John Anthony Messina

John Anthony Messina Jr

Practice areas:

Litigation, Business, Contracts & Agreements, Real Estate, Native Peoples Law

About Me

Founding Partner, Lytton Williams Messina & Hankin LLP; offices in Los Angeles, Murrieta and Newport Beach. Litigation attorney with top executive-level, hands-on experience as a broker, real estate developer, and mortgage banker. Armed with a lengthy record of experience in the fields of real estate and business, including experience litigating numerous convoluted and difficult cases, I bring a perspective to the practice of law which results in very satisfied clients. AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating.

Specialties: Complex Real Estate and Business Litigation and Transactions


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Litigation: 45%
  2. Real Estate: 15%
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 15%
  4. Business: 15%
  5. Native Peoples Law: 10%



Hourly ($385-485/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Edward Joseph Miller

    I have known John for about 7 years. I have worked with him as well as against him in different matters over the years. I find John to be a consummate professional in every sense of the word. As opposing counsel he is a passionate advocate who uses his knowledge of the law and skill as a litigator to advance his clients' position with dignity and professionalism. As co-counsel, he is a generous advisor who freely offers his wisdom to cultivate the knowledge of the other attorneys who get the pleasure of working with him.


    Edward Miller Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • George G. Trachtman

    I attended law school with John Messina. He is a very detailed individual and an amazing litigator. He has a unique ability to locate and address issues that are favorably for his clients. An AV rated attorney and would highly endorse him.


    George Trachtman Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Lytton Williams Messina & Hankin LLP

24910 Las Brisas Rd Ste 102
Murrieta, CA, 92562-4010



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Rated LawyersThe American Lawyer2014
Top Rated LawyersCorporate Counsel2014
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Lawyers in San DiegoSan Diego Magazine2013
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2013
Top LawyersInland Empire Magazine2013
Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers; Awarded to FirmLos Angeles Times2012

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding PartnerLytton Williams Messina & Hankin LLP2012 - Present
Associate JudgeIntertribal Court of Southern California ("ICSC")2009 - Present
PartnerKelly Lytton & Williams LLP2008 - 2012

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationActive Member/Private Sector2013 - Present
American Inns of Court, Southwest InnMaster of the Bench2013 - Present
Orange County Reserve Peace Officers Association ("OCRPOA")President2009 - Present
Orange County Sheriff-Coroner DepartmentReserve Captain; Reserve Deputy Sheriff2001 - Present
National Latino Peace Officers Association ("NLPOA")General Counsel1994 - 2004
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department; Industry Youth Activities LeagueBoard of Directors1994 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Estate of Kee vs. KleinClient recovered possession and title to the property.
Olson vs. HarrisClients obtained clear title and recovered their attorney fees
Cain vs. Wilson, et al.Money jugement against defendants and all wrongfully recorded instruments cancelled

See all Legal Cases 

Publication NameTitleDate
Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters businessCalifornia Commercial Lease Option Purchase Agreements Line by Line: A Detailed Look at California Commercial Lease Options Purchase Agreement and How to Change Them to Meet Your Needs2009
National Latino Peace Officer Association National Convention Las Vegas, NevadaObligations and Responsibilities of Officers and Directors of Nonprofit Organizations2000
The Real Estate Professional, February 1996, at 74Some Tax Consequences for Homeowners Seeking Financial Relief, The Real Estate Professional1996

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern Univ SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Univ of RedlandsBusiness Management with DistinctionBA - Bachelor of Arts1982

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
California Criminal Justice Warrant Association; Training WorkshopServing Warrants on Tribal Lands; The Challenges, The Process and The Laws2011
Eastern Bar Association MeetingMortgage Loan Modifications2009
Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department; Operations Reserve Unit MeetingWhat You Should Know About Off-Duty Incidents2006
National Latino Peace Officers Association; National ConferenceLegal Duties of Nonprofit Board Members2002
National Latino Peace Officers Association National Board ConferenceRecruiting and Keeping New Board Members; Nonprofit Organizations2002
National Latino Peace Officers Association; National ConferenceSpecial Financial Concerns for Not-For-Profit Organizations2000
National Latino Peace Officer Association; National ConferenceWhat are the Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards2000
The East San Gabriel Valley Board of Realtors Education CommitteeReal Estate Transactional Pitfalls and How to Avoid Stubbing your Toe1996