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John Anthony Messina Jr

About me

John has a broad range of litigation experience, including commercial litigation, arbitrations, appeals, international disputes, contract and tort disputes, trade secret, banking, real estate/land use issues, administrative law, licensing issues, employment/labor litigation, and environmental/water rights disputes. John is a published author and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (The gold standard in attorney ratings for more than a century).

John focuses his practice on complex litigation and arbitration, and has tried jury and non-jury trials, as well as binding arbitrations and administrative law hearings. John also serves as Associate Judge with the Intertribal Court of Southern California.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 45%
  2. Real Estate: 15%
  3. Contracts: 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 

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  • Michael Keith Friedland

    John is an excellent attorney. He is creative, dedicated, and tenacious. He has a tremendous breadth of experience and extremely sound judgment. John is an effective advocate and counselor.


    Michael Friedland Intellectual property Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Theodore Michael Hankin

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known John for over a decade. I know him to be an enthusiastic and passionate advocate for any case that he believes in (and he won't take one that he does not believe in). I recently joined his partnership. His abilities and experience make him the kind of quality lawyer that I want to partner with. In addition to litigation, he has extensive expertise in business and real estate matters.


    Theodore Hankin Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Messina & Hankin LLP

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


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 PartnerMessina & Hankin LLP2016 - Present
Associate JudgeIntertribal Court of Southern California ("ICSC")2009 - Present
Founding PartnerLytton Williams Messina & Hankin LLP2012 - 2016
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
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department; Industry Youth Activities LeagueBoard of Directors1994 - Present
National Latino Peace Officers Association ("NLPOA")General Counsel1994 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Leslie A. Costello vs. Peter C. BuckleyLower Court Decision Affirmed
Marwan Aboulhosn vs. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated9th Circuit Appeal; Client, Appellant, PREVAILED; Reversed and Remanded
Allison vs. WilloughbyJudgment for client for contract and fraud damages.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Certified for Publication by the Fourth Appellate DistrictAppellate Opinion; Leslie A. Costello vs. Peter C. Buckley2016
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 University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Univ of RedlandsBusiness Management with DistinctionBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Appellate Review: Disqualification of Family Law AttorneysAttorney Disqualification2016
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