Mr. Mason has been practicing law since 1990 with McCormick Barstow, handling a wide variety of civil litigation. Mr. Mason has tried 20 cases to jury verdict. These jury trials included an alleged chromated copper arsenate exposure at a groundwater remediation site, aerially applied chemical drift cases, a wrongful death drowning case, two wrongful death motorcycle cases, and premises liability, automotive liability and general negligence cases. He has defended a judge in a proceeding before the Commission on Judicial Performance of the State of California. He has also tried court trials on insurance bad faith claims and commercial breach of contract claims. He has represented clients in major litigation matters, such as a 450 plaintiff mass toxic tort claim arising out of alleged metam sodium exposure; toxic tort claims, to include exposure to lead fumes, anhydrous ammonia and chlorpyrifos; conventional and organic crop damage and contamination by numerous insecticides and pesticides; complex product liability claims, to include an alleged multi-million dollar loss caused by robotic milking equipment and a wrongful death claim involving aircraft turbine engine failure; in excess of 200 wrongful death claims; quadriplegia and paraplegia claims; brain damage claims; professional errors and omissions matters; and business litigation matters, to include unfair competition and breach of contract.
Mr. Mason is admitted to practice law in the State of California, and U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Central Districts of California.
Honors and Awards
Mr. Mason is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell. He was selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers list (2005, 2008-2016; Top 100: 2014-2016) for his expertise in the practice of Personal Injury Defense: General.
Mr. Mason holds the rank if Associate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and he serves on the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of ABOTA's Board of Directors (2015 - present). He is a member of the State Bar of California (Conference of Delegates of California Bar Association, Member, Sergeant-At-Arms Committee 2003-2005); member Board of Directors for the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (2012-2016); Fresno County Bar Association (Fresno County Young Lawyers Association-Member, Board of Directors 1994-1996; Delegate to State Bar of California Conference of Delegates 1995-2000; Member, Board of Directors 2007-2009); and Council on Litigation Management. Mr. Mason is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.