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Jonathan D. Mason

Estate planning Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   23 reviews

also known as Jon Mason

  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
    Status
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About Jonathan

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Jon Mason is one of the brightest stars in the field of Orange County Family Law.  Jon has dedicated his life to education and learning, obtaining an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and a Master's Degree from the University of Florida's lauded College of Journalism and Communications, focusing his studies on the complex discipline of media law.  After finishing his Master's Degree, Jon took his considerable writing and communication skills to a San Diego advertising and marketing firm and continued his study of law at Chapman University Fowler School of Law in Orange County, California.  

During his time at Chapman, Jon was awarded the Rutan & Tucker Golden Gavel award, given to the first-year law student demonstrating superior courtroom advocacy skills.  Jon's love for the law and the courtroom resulted in his representing Chapman's Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Alternative Dispute Resolution teams in competitions throughout the United States.  Jon further honed his legal skills and prepared for life in the courtroom by spending his summers during law school working for the Riverside County District Attorney's office (who recruited him thereafter), as well as externing for an Orange County family law commissioner.  At the close of his time at Chapman Law, the law school's faculty and administration bestowed Jon with their Professionalism Awarded, while his law school peers deemed him the most inspirational student in his graduating class.

Upon graduating from Chapman Law, Jon began his career in litigation with the firm of Smith LC in Irvine, California.  After leaving Smith LC to practice family law and build a successful solo practice, Jon has returned to Smith LC as a shareholding partner to lead the firm's family law practice.  While many family law attorneys lack civil litigation experience, Jon has honed his litigation and trial skills fighting for familIles and serving clients' needs.  Each client who meets Jon loves him.  He fights to provide them with effective and personalized advocacy, and to protect their rights.  Now, Jon's clients benefit from the resources and complex litigation experience of Smith LC - a firm that also specializes in business litigation and advisement, probate litigation, and complex civil litigation.

When he is not winning in the courtroom, Jon can be found spending time with his wife and four sons.  Jon is actively involved in church, youth education, musical pursuits, and outdoor recreation.

Location

Smith LC
4 Park Plaza, Ste. 1050
Irvine, CA, 92614

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Posted by Chris | October 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stop Searching - Jon is the BEST!
When it comes to family law, having a competent, understanding, and well-respected attorney is a must. After much research, we decided to trust Jon Mason with our move-away case. After explaining our situation during a phone consultation, he was honest with us about the challenges we might face and gave us a good idea of what we could expect. Throughout the whole process, he made himself available for phone calls, responded promptly to our emails, and was diligent in writing and filing paperwork for our case. After submitting declarations and enduring a 730 child evaluation (ruling in our favor), we were able to reach a settlement allowing us to move out of state with our son. We can’t put into words how grateful we are for Mr. Mason and all the hard work he put in to winning our case. Move-away cases can be difficult to win, but with the guidance and expertise that Jon brings to the table, you’ll set yourself up for the best chance at winning.
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Posted by Roxanne | December 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney-highly recommend
I don't write many reviews but felt compelled to given Jonathan Mason's excellent work on our complicated out of state child custody case. After researching many reviews/websites he was a godsend to our family. We wanted someone we could feel comfortable with as well as someone who had enough experience to guide us through this dreadful process. He was responsive, patient, compassionate, honest and gave us piece of mind the entire time. He handled our case with the highest degree of professionalism. Jonathan helped bring the truth and facts to light in our court case. I want to thank Jonathan for representing us during one of the most difficult, frustrating and emotional times for our family. He always made us feel like our case was priority. Because of him we were able to gain primary custody of our five year old!!! I can't express how highly I recommend his services to anyone who feels like they are the underdog. If you are reading this you MUST hire him and if you don't, I wish you luck because you will need it. Jonathan - I wish you and your team much success! You will forever be our go to attorney and we will send friends and family your way.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy, Diligent, and Balanced.
If you're If you’re reading this, you’re probably in the same place that I was, over a year ago. I researched many attorneys, and I hired Jon. Several things struck me back then, and still hold true to this day. Here’s how I describe Jon: Honest – Jon is absolutely the most honest and straight-forward attorney that I met in my interview process. He doesn’t sugar-coat things… he gives you the facts that you will need to know, and he’ll set your expectations correctly. Diligent – Divorce is a horrific process, and you need someone that works hard, is patient with both the process, and with YOU as a client. I can almost certainly guarantee that there will be times that you’re frustrated beyond belief. Not at Jon… but at things that just happen in divorce. He has worked hard for me, and I appreciate his efforts. Knowledgeable. My last job was contract compliance for Federal procurement, that included my own skills in understanding laws, rules, regulations, etc. Divorce is 5% laws… 95% people. Jon does a very good job of managing the process, communicating with the other side and more importantly, with the judge at hearings. Bottom line… I have entrusted him with the most important thing in my life so far… custody for my two girls. It’s a very long and stressful process, and I could not imagine going through this without Jon working on the behalf of me and my girls. Thank you Jon for all your hard work. reading this,
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Posted by Lukas | August 29, 2019
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Thank you
Jonathan was a huge help in my custody and support case. He was very understanding of my position, he knew how much my children meant to me and how important is was for me to be a father to them as much as I could. I have always wanted to be a 50/50 parent and I had to fight every step of the way. He fought for my wants to have 50/50 custody and a realistic support plan and that is what happened. I now enjoy my kids half of the time and I have Jonathan to thank for that. I appreciate all the work he has done for me and my children.
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Posted by Bobby | August 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Trustworthy
Jonathan Mason is an amazing attorney. If you are dealing with a family law matter, I know that it can be a nightmare. Jon made me feel at ease and handled everything with confidence. I hardly worried anytime while I was dealing with this situation, thanks to Jon’s professionalism and knowledge of the law. He answered my emails and took my calls when I had a concern. At the end, Jon delivered excellent results and I will forever be grateful for his service.
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Posted by Diana | January 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
I hired Jonathan Mason for a very complicated divorce/ child custody case. I'm so grateful to have found him. Because of him I have my peace of mind back and I'm very happy of the outcome. He is easy to talk to, he listened to my concerns and I felt very comfortable regarding him handling my case. He genuinely cares for his clients and wants the best outcome for your case. Throughout the process he contacted me regarding any new information, which I truly appreciate it and he was very easy to reach. If I had any questions he responded back in a timely manner. During the trial Jonathan was very knowledgeable and spoke with confidence. He knew exactly what strategies to use and what to say to get me the best outcome.We will be forever grateful. I will definitely recommend him to anyone going through a divorce/custody case.
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Posted by Hugo | February 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The Rael lawyer
Very Professional.well prepared and will fight for one's case. And a great perso.
Posted by Lynsee | January 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely amazing, a great attorney!
I personally had attorney Jonathon Mason and he is absolutely amazing. He is very attentive, nice, great spirited, and truly does what is in the best interest of the client. He doesn’t give b.s, he is straight forward, and absolutely exceeded my expectations from the beginning. I will definitely be coming back if necessary!
Posted by Maria | July 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Go-to lawyer!
My husband and I hired Jonathan Mason as our attorney to help us handle a child custody case. I wanted to take the time to express our gratutide for his time and efforts this past year. Our outcome at the end was what we hoped for and it was due to his efficiency, compassion, knowledge of the family law, and willingness to do what's right for my daughter. I would highly recommend Jonathan Mason! His office staff was also very understanding and compassionate with my case, never once felt anything less than a #1 client. I'd be happy to answer any questions if anyone has any. Thank you again Jon!
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Posted by Michael | July 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Astounding Lawyer
Jon Mason is by far the best attorney I have ever had. I've had a few $$$. Jon, along with Patty, David, Kristen and many others have made this entire process fathomable. My situation is unfortunately not rare but with Jon reminding me to win the war and not worry about losing a battle, I am in a better position legally and believe that without Jon and the team at Fernandez law my son would be in danger. Thankfully he is not and I could never thank Jon enough for his personal attention and his incredible moral and ethical standards.
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Posted by Ben | July 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
This review is for Jon Mason. We first met with Jon over a year ago to discuss what seemed to my wife and I to be a straight forward child custody case. Well, California family law is a complex labyrinth of codes and procedures that make even a slam dunk case difficult to win. You absolutely must have an experienced and dedicated lawyer with the technical savvy to navigate this complicated maze, and thanks exactly what we had in Jon. Not only did he have a thoughtful and intelligent answer anything any of us asked about the case, Jon was literally on call for us and always made himself available. And not just because he wanted the billings, Jon never overcharged us the entire year he worked our case. Hundreds of emails and phone calls, court dates, meetings, etc., his office always had the statements correct and we never once had any issues. Jon will do everything that can possibly be done for your situation and that was exactly what we needed. We are glad to have met him and of course will know who to call if our situation ever rears its head again. Thank you, Jon.
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Posted by Brian | July 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Mr mason was outstanding in a complicated multi-state child custody case. He always returned phone calls i highly recommend
Posted by Dawnyelle | July 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The lawyer you're looking for!
Johnathan Mason has helped me immensely through this very stressful, very confusing, process. He has a detailed knowledge of family law, excellent judgement and, most importantly, he's caring and supportive through every step. Anytime I've needed anything, from a quick after hours email question, to a middle of the day panic call, he's always been quick to respond. His fees are very reasonable, and he tries his best to keep your costs down. I highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of a trustworthy family lawyer.
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Posted by Amanda | June 30, 2017
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I regret not having him sooner. I wouldn't have worried as much
My divorce process made me scared and anxious. I was blessed enough to have Jon Mason as my lawyer. I had already started the process. I realized soon after I sought legal council that there were so many things that I could have done to make my case easier and stronger. I got Jon midway through my divorce and felt a big relief the more and more he was involved. He help me respond to messages from my husband that were unpleasant. We even went down every scenario good and bad had contingency plans. And most especially supported me emotionally and was not another number. I highly recommend him to anyone going through a family law case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
In search of stress free legal counsel
I met with Mr. Mason to have him review a transmutation agreement document. An excellent listener and with exceptional interpersonal skills, he seamlessly established immediate rapport, putting me at ease that I was in caring hands. His legal expertise, complimented by his intelligence enabled him to offer an immediate opinion about the document and he explained his opinion in lanugage that anyone could follow. Even though he knew I was not actually in search of retaining legal counsel and only wanted a specific document reviewed, he offered to have my document reviewed along with other supporting materials by the firm's senior partner with expertise in prenups, providing me further confidence about the validity of the agreement document. He coordianted transferring the materials to the senior parnter and then followed up with me once the materials had a second review by the senior partner. His follow through and responsiveness were extraordinay! He always returned phone calls within the same day, oftentimes while in his car driving home from court ! Mr. Mason made my legal experience completely stress free as I had confidence throughout the entire experience. Even though I know he had other clients, the attention he gave me made me feel like a prirority and this was one of the things I most enjoyed about my experince with him. Finally, I never felt like " the meter was running ," whenever I interacted with him. Before I ever met with him in person, he spoke with me on the phone to assess what I needed and then indicated that this could probably be completed within a single visit and he quoted me his professional fee. In spite of subsequent phone calls and emails, he never charged me a cent more than the amount he had qouted me over the phone . So if you are ever in serach of stress free legal counsel, look no further than Mr. Mason as he is a compassionate and caring attorney who will always make you feel as though your concerns are a priority to him.
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Posted by John | March 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable
I was in a very serious situation with a DV from an ex. Up to this point, I had represented myself throughout the divorce. There is no way the outcome could have happened without Mr. Mason's help. The person I was dealing with was extremely maniacal. I would recommend this firm to anyone in a difficult situation whether the odds are in their favor or not.
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Posted by Daisy | March 31, 2017
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Mr. Mason
I was represented by Jonathan Mason, an amazing attorney, very attentive and compassionate. He was efficient, mindful of the situation, and worked in a very timely manner to give me the resolution that I wanted. He is very knowledgeable of the law and super professional. I had an overall great experience with Mr. Mason that I would recommend him to anyone that needed a trustworthy attorney to handle their family law issues.
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Posted by Seth | September 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best Decision I Made
I have never contracted a lawyer/attorney before hiring Jon Mason. I had no idea where or how to even start looking for an attorney to represent me in a custody battle for my children when I was served with papers, so I got on Avvo and Jon was the first one I called and I had a consultation the following day. Jon was nothing short of amazing. He was very easy to to talk to. He listened to all of my concerns. He gave great professional feedback. He is a family man which was very important to me. He was very professional. I felt very comfortable with him. I could tell that he was taking my case to heart and really wanted to help me, so I hired him as my attorney. He was extremely thorough and efficient at helping me get all my paperwork ready for the trial date. The day of the trial came and I felt very calm and prepared. Not only did I get to keep my custody with my children but I also got more than I had hoped for and the kids Mom (petitioner) did not get anything she thought she was going to get. There was a second hearing that Jon also represented me at, and I can say that I was not even worried because I knew that Jon had helped me get everything ready. Jon was calm and collective in the courtroom and spoke with confidence and authority. That first day in court while we where in the courtroom or outside the courtroom waiting he was giving excellent counsel. Jon and I also wore almost the same exact suit the day of the hearing so I gotta say he has good taste too. Now that the hearings are done and things seemed to have calmed down I am still in contact with Jon. Jon is now and will always be my attorney for anything regarding my family because I know he has our best interests at heart. I would highly highly recommend Jon to anybody. I wish I could give him a higher Star rating but it only goes to five.
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Posted by Les | September 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great team
Our experience with Mr. Mason was outstanding. If your looking for a lawyer who has your best interest at heart look no further. He was patient and understanding of what we were going through. He was able to get us everything we asked for, and was even able to get a mediators report thrown out because of false accusations. Truly happy
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Posted by Les | September 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent team
Amazing team of lawyers. John Mason walked us through court, helping the judge to see the truth. Even when the mediator was against us, John was able to get the judge to throw that out and look at the facts. We would use them again if we ever had to go through this again.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 475-525 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Cameron M. Fernandez
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate
  • Smith LC
  • 2012 - 2015

Education

  • Chapman Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of Florida, College of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • MA - Masters
  • 2007
  • Brigham Young Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Highly Contentious Divorce
  • Successful.

Associations

  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Professionalism Award
  • Chapman University Fowler School of Law
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
Endorse Jonathan
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jonathan Mason is an excellent attorney that knows the law and knows how to effectively and ethically resolve difficult situations. Whenever I have a question regarding family law Jonathan Mason is my go to lawyer for advise."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Do not let the fact that his relatively young deter you from hiring Jonathan Mason. He is wise and experienced beyond his years. Jonathan Mason is almost always the brightest attorney in the room and his clients always seem to be on the winning side of things. If you need a great family law attorney Jonathan is your guy."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jon Mason is a fantastic human being and an excellent attorney. Jon's intelligence and experience make him a great choice for anyone seeking a family law or divorce attorney. Most importantly Jon cares deeply about his clients and it shows in his performance. I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Jonathan for 4 years. The word "dedication" comes to mind when I think of him. He was always in the office early and working hard all day so that he could obtain the best possible results for his clients. I can't think of another lawyer who dedicates himself to his clients and cases like Jonathan. This is such an important quality in the family law setting where the outcome can be life altering for spouses and children. I would hire Jonathan as my attorney. You would be wise to do the same."
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I would recommend Jon to any person looking for a reliable, trustworthy, and effective family law attorney, including any member of my own family if they needed a family law attorney in California. I have known Jon for more than 15 years, and we formerly worked together at the same firm. He is an honest lawyer you can trust. He cares deeply about his clients and their cases, and he effectively advocates on their behalf while maintaining the highest level of professionalism. If you need a family law attorney in California that you can depend on and trust, Jon is your guy."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not all attorneys are created equal. Some standout as being generally better than those around them. In Statistics these are called outliers. Jon Mason is an outlier in the legal community. He is simply better than most others. Go meet him and see for yourself. If you need a divorce or family law attorney in Southern California, Call Jon. You will love him and he will provide you with excellent representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan Mason is an impressive person and a great lawyer. Jonathan gained his early experience in law as a civil litigator which was actually great preparation for family law. Jon's litigation background is a real asset it has made him an organized,detail-oriented, and strategic lawyer. In addition to being a great litigator Jon is great person. It is no wonder his clients love him. I give Jonathan my high recommendation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Jon is an extremely talented lawyer. He's detail-oriented, honest, diligent, friendly, and is a fantastic writer. Since so many family law claims and issues are resolved based upon a judge's review of the declarations and documents before him/her, Jon's clients have a tremendous advantage because of his superior writing skills. I unequivocally endorse Jonathan Mason."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jonathan is a very impressive attorney. He is highly intelligent, diligent, experienced, and has a keen legal mind. I don't think you could find a better person to represent you in divorce or family law in Southern California."
Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"If I personally needed an attorney for family law or divorce, I would hire Jonathan. Jonathan is a very special attorney. He is a superstar. I have all the confidence in the world of Jonathan Mason and his abilities. In addition to being highly skilled, Jonathan possess judgement that cannot be taught. He is wise beyond his years. I highly endorse Jonathan."
Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I have supervised many attorneys throughout my career, and don't think I have ever supervised an attorney as sharp as Jonathan Mason. Jonathan is the total package: His writing is superb, his client skills are exceptional, and he commands the respect of other attorneys as he is frequently better prepared and more knowledgeable than they are. You cannot go wrong with Jonathan Mason as your attorneys. Trust me."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan Mason is a very impressive attorney. He is very bright and has unique integrity. Jon is a standout among his peers. I highly recommend Jon for Divorce and Family law."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Jonathan Mason is an outlier in the legal community. Jonathan is a unique attorney with an uncommon combination of keen intellect, a high social IQ, a deeper than normal understanding of the law, and the capacity to care about his clients in a very genuine way. Put this all together, and Jon is simply a gem in the legal community. There are very few attorneys like Jonathan around. If you need a family law attorney in Southern California, Jonathan is one of the very best you can find."
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Irvine Estate planning Lawyer Jonathan D. Mason
Jonathan D. Mason
Estate planning Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 11 years