“Defending those who cannot defend themselves

J. Cheney Mason has been practicing law for almost five decades in Central Florida. A brilliant strategist. Mr. Mason handles complex divorce cases with assets valued at a minimum of five million dollars. Mr. Mason was the recipient of the Heeney Award, the highest award recognition presented by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. While a prolific attorney, Mr. Mason believes wholeheartedly that his mission is to stand up for those who have been unjustly accused or whose circumstance has life changing consequences.

Cheney Mason Winter Park, Florida Attorney

Attorney Mason’s years of experience and high-profile cases have led him to expand his career beyond the courts. He is a guest speaker at various bar and legal association meetings and is frequently asked to provide commentary on legal issues. He has been featured on popular news outlets including Dateline, HLN, Piers Morgan Tonight, and several others.

J. Cheney Mason is a writer and an author who has written several legal articles. His book, Justice in America: How the Prosecutors and the Media Conspire Against the Accused, is a publication reflecting his experiences handling the Casey Anthony trial and the trial’s relationship with the media. Mr. Mason has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award.

In addition to criminal defense, attorney Mason’s practice areas include marital and family law, with a focus on complex contested divorce litigation. He is a skilled trial practice technician who offers assistance in trial preparation and participates in trials in numerous areas of litigation. One of attorney Mason’s skills is his ability to review a complex case and can break it down into components and devise a strategy to win.

J. Cheney Mason is an Orlando trial practice attorney that is frequently sought for his reputation, meticulous preparation, and personality. Attorney Mason’s years of education and experience provide the foundation for his professionalism while his unique accomplishments in the courtroom reflect his talents as a trial practice and criminal defense attorney.


Attorney Mason’s years of experience and high-profile cases have led him to expand his career beyond the courts. He is a guest speaker at various bar and legal association meetings and is frequently asked to provide commentary on legal issues. He has been featured on popular news outlets including Dateline, HLN, Piers Morgan Tonight, and several others.

J. Cheney Mason is a writer and an author who has written several legal articles. His book, Justice in America: How the Prosecutors and the Media Conspire Against the Accused, is a publication reflecting his experiences handling the Casey Anthony trial and the trial’s relationship with the media. Mr. Mason has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award.

In addition to criminal defense, attorney Mason’s practice areas include marital and family law, with a focus on complex contested divorce litigation. He is a skilled trial practice technician who offers assistance in trial preparation and participates in trials in numerous areas of litigation. One of attorney Mason’s skills is his ability to review a complex case and can break it down into components and devise a strategy to win.

J. Cheney Mason is an Orlando trial practice attorney that is frequently sought for his reputation, meticulous preparation, and personality. Attorney Mason’s years of education and experience provide the foundation for his professionalism while his unique accomplishments in the courtroom reflect his talents as a trial practice and criminal defense attorney.

OVERVIEW

J. Cheney Mason began his private law practice in Orlando, Florida in 1971 after admission to The Florida Bar. His areas of practice include Criminal Defense, Marital and Family Law (Divorce Law), and Trial Practice, with a strong emphasis on Marital and Family Law and Criminal Law. He is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, certified by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Mason is frequently a guest lecturer before various Bar and Legal Associations and has published numerous legal articles. J. Cheney Mason is often invited by the news media, on all levels, to provide expert commentary on legal issues involving criminal law and marital and family law, and he is active in numerous local and national legal organizations. He has volunteered his time to teach trial techniques to young Prosecutors and Public Defenders at the annual workshop at the University of Florida, College of Law.

Cheney is the recipient of numerous awards from a variety of professional organizations for his dedication to and accomplishments in the legal profession. In 2004, he was awarded the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. This is "NACDL's most prestigious award given annually to one criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association and the legal profession."

The press has also conferred upon Mason special recognition for his skills, reputation, and expertise as a lawyer by naming him as a "Top Lawyer" on numerous occasions. He has been profiled in Orlando Magazine as one of the Attorneys You Can Trust, Six of Orlando's Legal Legends. He has received national news coverage on ABC's Nightline, Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel, NBC's Today Show, NBC's Dateline, CBS' 48 Hours and Court TV. Cheney has tried several criminal jury trials that were televised by national and local news media.

He is currently rated as an "AV" lawyer (the highest possible rating) by Martindale Hubbell, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Mr. Mason is a US Air Force veteran and a life member of the disabled veterans. He was active duty in the Far East in the 1960’s for three years. Some of the places he served included Japan, Vietnam, Korean, the Philippines, and Alaska.

Attorney Mason’s hobbies including traveling to destinations such as Paris, Munich and Venice, as well as learning and practicing foreign languages for his travels abroad. He is an avid fisherman, who loves deep sea fishing as well as playing pool and cooking. He has been married 45 years and has 2 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

THE RESUMÉ

Education

University of Florida, B.A., 1968
University of Florida, J.D., 1970


Bar Admissions

The Florida Bar, 1971
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1972
United States Supreme Court, 1975
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1976
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida(Trial Bar), 1978
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1984


Special Designations

Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, The Florida Bar
Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy


Awards and Special Recognition

Orange County Bar Association, Outstanding Section Chairman, Family Law; 1983-1984
Florida State University, Litigation Skill Training Instructor Award, 1987
Attorneys You Can Trust, Six of Orlando's Legal Legends. Orlando Magazine, 1997
Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, Distinguished Leadership Award for Service from 1988-1999
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, In Your Face Award, 2000
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, 2004
American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2007
Orlando's Best Lawyers, Orlando Magazine, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Florida's Top Lawyers, Florida Monthly, 2008
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President's Commendation Award, 2008
Florida Super Lawyers,2006, 2010, 2011
Attorney of the Month, Attorney at Law Magazine, February 2012y

Lecturer

Lecturer for Annual Criminal Law Seminars, Orange County Bar Association, 1978-1983
Litigation Skill Training Instructor, Florida State University, 1987
Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar, 1987-1988
Annual Seminars, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
Miami Chapter, 1991, 1992
Annual Lecturer, Trial Training Faculty, Florida Bar Prosecutor/Public Defender Workshop, 1981- 1999
"Theory of the Defense", Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers
Association, 1998
"Theory of the Defense", Lorman Institute, 2000
"Theory of the Defense", National Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers Seminar, 2008
"Theory of the Defense", Florida Public Defenders Association
Seminar, 2008


Professional Organization Leadership Positions

Orange County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section; Chairman, 1978-1979
The Florida Bar, Legislative Committee; 1978-1980
Ninth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee; 1978-1981; Vice Chairman, 1981
The Florida Bar, Ethics Committee; 1979-1981
Orange County Bar Association, Executive Council, 1979-1983
Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association; Vice President, 1979; President, 1980-1981
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section; Chairman, 1982-1984
The Florida Bar Criminal Law Certification Committee; 1984-1986


Membership Affiliations

Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
Central Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
American Bar Association, Member
The Florida Bar, Member
Orange County Bar Association, Member



WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Mr. Mason, listened to what I needed, then told me not to
worry, and fought for everything he said he would.
I can’t thank him enough.

- Barbara A.









J. Cheney Mason
A lawyer you can rely on.

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