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John Anthony Messina Jr

Litigation Attorney at Murrieta, CA

5.0   12 reviews
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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Complex Business and Real Estate Litigation; Employment Litigation (FMLA); Fraud; Shareholder, Partner, and Member Disputes

  2. Business
    Formations; Shareholder Litigation; Contracts; Fraud; Dispute Resolution

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Real Estate Contracts involving Residential; Commercial, Industrial, Raw Land; Business Formation Agreements; Specialty Agreements

  4. Real estate
    Land Use; Contracts, Purchase Agreements; Large Scale Developments; CEQA; Complex Litigation

  5. Native peoples law
    Tribal Law; Tribal Contracts; Tribal Law Enforcement


Murrieta Attorney John A. Messina, Jr. is a Partner at Messina & Hankin and dedicated legal counsel. He represents business owners and entities, government agencies, and individuals going through civil litigation including corporate, real estate, contract, land use, and business tort matters. Attorney Messina also takes on non-litigation cases such as leases, business organization, and other contract matters. Attorney Messina is an accomplished lawyer and respected author. He has leant his knowledge and experience to thousands of clients throughout Riverside County and the surrounding areas and works hard to provide the results every client deserves. Contact Messina & Hankin today to schedule your free initial case consultation. 


AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice

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Messina & Hankin LLP
24910 Las Brisas Road
Ste #102
Murrieta, CA, 92562


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  12 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
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Posted by Richard | August 19, 2014
Sound legal advice
John handled a multi million dollar complex bulk sale that included the sale of a business, the equipment of that business, and the real estate. If you enter into a business contract and want an attorney that has 100% of your best interests in mind to protect you and has the knowledge to do it, John is the person to do just that.
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Posted by Robert | April 9, 2013
Man of Honor and Integrity
It's hard to put into words the profound appreciation my family and I have for Mr. Messina. He has the unique ability to show strength and compassion at the same time, while instilling confidence in his professionalism, knowledge, and technical abilities. My wife and I could not be more pleased with his representation and commitment to our family. Thanks John
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Posted by Vic | September 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Remarkable attorney with attention to detail in a concise, fair, and professional manner.
It is my extreme pleasure to share the satisfaction of service I received in hiring attorney John Messina of the Law Offices of Messina & Hankin to handle all the legal aspects of the sale of my funeral business. John is a very thorough and competent professional who always had my company’s best interests in mind. I was kept informed by John through the process and always felt like the legal aspects of the sale of our company was in very good hands. The office of Messina and Hankin has incorporated a great source of attorneys that enabled quick responses and answers in any of the areas needed to expedite the process of selling our business. I owe John a debt of gratitude for his persistence to insist that all documents were crafted in a way that were concise, complete and fair to both us the seller and to the buyer assuring that any possible future disputes between the parties could be quickly resolved. If you are considering a sale, partnership or acquisition of a business, I highly recommend that you consider the Law Offices of Messina & Hankin to exceed your expectations.
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Posted by Stephen | May 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Law Firm
Excellent law firm for all of your business needs. John Messina represented our business in a complex litigation in which we were the plaintiffs. He gave us excellent advice, he was very organized and well prepared, and we won our case. Awesome attorney!
Posted by Marwan | January 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Civil litigation against a very large financial institution
Mr. Messina Jr. was very helpful worked very hard on my case and the results prove it. Other attorneys said my case was helpless and I should not waste my time and money to sue. john took my case to federal court and an appeal. four years later we got a good settlement.
Posted by Barry S | August 20, 2014
Excellent Lawyer. He Did, what others couldn't.....5 stars
He did Fast work on my legal issue. I won. He returned my phone calls personally and in a timely manner. I would use him again. My name is Barry S
Posted by Barry | April 18, 2013
John Anthony Messina Jr. review
timely appointment, well informed on my case issues. solid legal advice received. timely action taken to resolve my case issues. reasonable expense for service rendered.
Posted by Dave | April 17, 2013
Helped with my real estate
John really helped out with a complicated real estate transaction. John was very good about returning my phone calls.
Posted by Arthur | April 15, 2013
Legal services.
Mr. Messina is an extremely knowledgeable and capable attorney. He carefully and thoughtfully listens to his clients ensuring that he provides his clients with the best legal services available. His genuine concern, integrity and honesty with his clients affords the client comfort that their legal needs will be attended to professionally, courteously and to the best that the legal system allows. I highly recommend Mr. Messina for anyone's legal service needs.
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Posted by Steve | April 12, 2013
Great Attorney!
John Messina has been my attorney for over 10 years. Not only has he helped me with my businesses but he has also helped me in my personal life. When it comes to an attorney it is very difficult to find one you can trust and rely on. John not only gives me professional sound advice but also gives me piece of mind that I will be getting the best advice and services my money can buy. John has been my go to guy for many years for sound legal advice and I would not hesitate for one second recommending him to all of my family and friends. Thank you John for many years of service and I look forward to many more.
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Posted by James Matthews | April 9, 2013
Rating for John Messina
John Messina has been my attorney since May of 1997 and I have found him to possess all the professional skills and personal attributes which are essential for a top-notch attorney. His integrity and honesty have provided me with an exceptional level of confidence in him and his knowledge of his field is exemplary.
Posted by Frank Chirico | April 9, 2013
The ONLY Lawyer you will ever need!!
John Messina has represented me in many different scenario's. He is extremely meticulous and knowledgeable. Strategizes a plan of action with his abundant knowledge and research. Trustworthy and responsive are attributes that are not compromised.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 425-625 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Messina & Hankin LLP
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate Judge
  • Intertribal Court of Southern California ("ICSC")
  • 2009 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Lytton Williams Messina & Hankin LLP
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Partner
  • Kelly Lytton & Williams LLP
  • 2008 - 2012
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  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Redlands
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Leslie A. Costello vs. Peter C. Buckley
  • Lower Court Decision Affirmed
  • Marwan Aboulhosn vs. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated
  • 9th Circuit Appeal; Client, Appellant, PREVAILED; Reversed and Remanded
  • Allison vs. Willoughby
  • Judgment for client for contract and fraud damages.
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  • Federal Bar Association
  • Active Member/Private Sector
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Inns of Court, Southwest Inn
  • Master of the Bench
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Reserve Peace Officers Association ("OCRPOA")
  • President
  • 2009 - Present
  • Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department
  • Reserve Captain; Reserve Deputy Sheriff
  • 2001 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Department; Industry Youth Activities League
  • Board of Directors
  • 1994 - Present
  • National Latino Peace Officers Association ("NLPOA")
  • General Counsel
  • 1994 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rating (AV Rated continually since 2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers for Excellence and Acheivements
  • Los Angeles Times
  • 2017
  • America's Most Honored Professionals; Top 1%
  • American Registry
  • 2016
  • Top Rated Lawyers
  • The American Lawyer
  • 2014
  • Top Rated Lawyers
  • Corporate Counsel
  • 2014
  • Los Angeles Times
  • 2014
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers in San Diego
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2013
  • Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers; Awarded to Firm
  • Los Angeles Times
  • 2012
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  • National Latino Peace Officer Association National Convention Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Obligations and Responsibilities of Officers and Directors of Nonprofit Organizations
  • 2000
  • The Real Estate Professional, February 1996, at 74
  • Some Tax Consequences for Homeowners Seeking Financial Relief, The Real Estate Professional
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • International Dispute Resolution Class; 3rd Yr. JD and LLM Graduate Students
  • Enforcement of Foriegn Money Judgments
  • 2016
  • California State Bar MCLE Presentation; Appellate Review: Disqualification of Family Law Attorneys
  • Attorney Disqualification
  • 2016
  • California Criminal Justice Warrant Association; Training Workshop
  • Serving Warrants on Tribal Lands; The Challenges, The Process and The Laws
  • 2011
  • Eastern Bar Association Meeting
  • Mortgage Loan Modifications
  • 2009
  • Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department; Operations Reserve Unit Meeting
  • What You Should Know About Off-Duty Incidents
  • 2006
  • National Latino Peace Officers Association; National Conference
  • Legal Duties of Nonprofit Board Members
  • 2002
  • National Latino Peace Officers Association National Board Conference
  • Recruiting and Keeping New Board Members; Nonprofit Organizations
  • 2002
  • National Latino Peace Officers Association; National Conference
  • Special Financial Concerns for Not-For-Profit Organizations
  • 2000
  • National Latino Peace Officer Association; National Conference
  • What are the Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
  • 2000
  • The East San Gabriel Valley Board of Realtors Education Committee
  • Real Estate Transactional Pitfalls and How to Avoid Stubbing your Toe
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (14)
Endorse John
Real estate Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of both real estate transactions, litigation and land use matters."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Business Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Bankruptcy and debt
Employment and labor
Estate planning
State, local, and municipal law
Criminal defense
Real estate
Intellectual property