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Richard Edwin Masson

Estate planning Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   9 reviews
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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1998
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Richard Masson is Managing Partner at the law firm of Masson & Fatini, specializing in Estate, Tax Planning, and Family Law matters. Mr. Masson is a seasoned attorney with over 20 years of practice.

Richard E. Masson has represented clients spanning virtually all major industries including real estate, intellectual property, retail, professional services, manufacturing, entertainment, government contracts, medical and construction.

Mr. Masson’s professional background and experience include representing and handling of audit engagements, review engagements, internal control reviews, tax compliance, corporate compliance, business consulting, business formation including corporations, partnerships, LLCs, LLPs, non-profit organizations, and estates.

Mr. Masson is a Certified Family Law Specialist. He was certified as a specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization in 2010. Mr. Masson’s family law practice includes divorce, visitation, custody, as well as child and spousal support matters. In addition, it includes drafting Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements.


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Masson & Fatini LLP
4 Park Plz Ste 1240
Irvine, CA, 92614-8556


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Posted by Gina | January 13, 2024
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I love Richard Masson!!!
I highly recommend Richard Masson and his team to help you with your legal needs. Richard Masson is friendly, has a great heart, he's professional, understanding, knowledgeable and extremely supportive and intelligent in his profession as an attorney and I'll recommend him to all of my friends and colleagues. Richard, goes above and beyond and I will always support and recommend him for your legal needs. Hiring Richard Masson and his team will be the best decision you’ve ever made.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2022
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Thank you Richard!
Richard is an amazing attorney. He is great to work with. He explains everything in detail and made the process a better learning experience. Perhaps the thing that impressed me the most about Richard was nothing was "sugar coated". He was very straight forward and told me what to expect each step of the way. Going through the separation and divorce from start to finish, Richard kept me informed of each step and what the options were and what the risks were. There were no empty promises made just to keep the client happy which I know sometimes occurs when seeking counsel. He is a great listener…Listening to your clients, listening to witnesses, listening to your opposing counsel, and listening to the court can be the difference between winning and losing a case. Furthermore, he has a great calm personality which helps with stressful trials. Thank you, Richard!
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2022
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Absolutely The Best Attorney
Where do I even start with this well deserved 5 star review? Richard is undoubtedly a terrific, pragmatic, empathetic, trustworthy, hard working & full fledged attorney. Richard is extremely knowledgeable in Family Law and he is a very known and respected Family Law Attorney. You want all of the qualities listed above when looking for a family law attorney because your family is Everything. When I obtained Richard as counsel I was in a very high conflict situation, I felt as if the fight to get divorced and protect my child’s best interest was never going to end. I was up against a extremely spiteful opposing crowd. Even with the war coming for me, Richard helped me through the anxiety of it all and fought for me and my child’s best interest and let’s just put it this way ….when Richard lights off bombs he leaves an ever lasting effect. The results of my case were to mine and my child’s advantage, thanks to his expertise. He never once tried to sugar coat things, didn’t give unrealistic advice nor did he ever over bill. I was referred to him by someone who also had outstanding results by being represented by Richard and now I refer others to him. He is the best attorney out there for family law and he has an outstanding rapport. So thankful to have him and his team on my side! Just listen to his advice and take his advice and you will be okay.
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Posted by Sharon | June 24, 2022
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Best Family Attorney
I interviewed multiple attorney's before deciding on Richard. He was by far the best choice. He has extensive knowledge of California family law and used it to our benefit multiple times. He kept in mind my boys throughout the whole process and advised in ways to make sure we protected them and their interests not just mine and my ex. He represented me well, kept me laughing in times of high stress and gave me some of the best advise I could have asked to keep our time in court to a minimum. I'm forever grateful for his advise and help during such a tough time in my life.
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Posted by Gary | June 13, 2022
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Best Divorce attorny
Best lawyer in Southern California for divorce he knows the law like no other attorney he fights for you and he Win’s
Posted by Christine | August 27, 2020
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Wonderful Family Law Attorney
Where do I begin? My husband was forced to hire another attorney after already litigating with his ex-wife since 2011. Every time my husband thought he was done, his ex would drag him back with false allegations of him stealing her money. His divorce case just kept getting worse, when every Judge that was assigned their case would eventually retire. When she dragged him back to court again in late 2017 (coincidentally the week before we were to get married) he decided to retain Richard. Their case was assigned to a new Judge (number 4). Unfortunately the attorney his ex hired was as unethical as she was, and it dragged out for another 2 1/2 years. From the VERY beginning Richard did all he could to prevent it from being continued. He felt really bad for us and at every hearing made his plea to finalize the case immediately. Every delay was caused by the other side, but Richard prevailed, and UNBELIEVABLY the Judge did something almost unheard of in a long term marriage. The Judge ruled to terminate his ex’s spousal support. Richard is a good person and a good man and we can’t thank him enough. We finally have our lives back.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2015
Professional & Honest
Professional and honest are two words that don't always go together when hiring an attorney, however Mr. Masson is an incredible attorney who came highly recommended. He's always shown the utmost professionalism in my child custody case, thus I too would too highly recommend him. You surely will not be disappointed should you choose to hire him in representing you in all family law matters.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2015
Most Upfront Honest Attorney
Richard has a foundational understanding of both the family law court system, and the business world. He understood not only why it was important to proceed on certain issues, but how to present the case to the judge. Mine was a tricky situation involving a highly manipulative ex-spouse. He seemed to understand what evidence was necessary and how to concisely present the information to the judge. Very smooth in court. Truly the most exceptional family law attorney in Orange County.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2012
Absolutely the Best Family Law Attorney
I found Richard to be helpful, available and consistently honest with me throughout my divorce. Richard was upfront about what to expect during my initial consultation. He was right on about my child and spousal support, and helped me to decide when a settlement was not in my favor. He was savvy and knowledgeable when appearing before the judge -- but never backed down from my husband's attorneys. He was fantastic in court, and made the other side look like they were fumbling for answers. I highly reccommend Richard.
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  • Chapman University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2005
  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Utah
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of McKean (2019) 41 Cal.App.5th 1083
  • The Court of Appeal reversed the Trial Court's Order in favor of our client
  • In re Marriage of Ficke (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 10, 157 Cal.Rptr.3d 870.
  • Stout v. Marshack (In re Stout), 649 F. App'x 621, 623 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal overturned the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in favor of our client.
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  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • State Bar of California
  • Member
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  • American Bar Foundation
  • Member
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Estate and Gift Taxation
  • CALI Excellence For The Future Award
  • 2005
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard Masson is an outstanding lawyer. I have referred several clients to him over the years and every time the clients let me know that they felt so much better about their case know that Richard was on their side. I have also personally used Richard for my own family law issues and personally know how professional, and effective he is as a an advocate and counselor."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Richard and I were opposing lawyers in a highly emotional trust litigation matter against family members. Richard showed a high degree of integrity and professionalism throughout the case, as well as developed litigation skills."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard was aggressive, professional and worked to settle his client's case without having to go to trial. He really kept costs down while keeping the quality of representation high."
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Irvine Estate planning Lawyer Richard Edwin Masson
Richard Edwin Masson
Estate planning Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 25 years
Virtual consultation available