J. Cheney Mason, P.A.

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

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

 

Specialty 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 2012

 

Author

    "Double Jeopardy and Collateral Estoppel", Special Problems in Criminal Law, Florida Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, 1978

    "Harmless Error", Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter, 1991

    "Theory of the Defense", Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter, 1992

    "Spouse Abuse - The Other Victim", The Florida Bar Journal, October, 1994

    "Practical Advocacy for Domestic Violence Cases", The Florida Bar Journal, 1997

    "Theory of the Defense", National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008

    "Theory of the Defense", Florida Public Defenders Association, 2008

 

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

    The Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section Executive Council; 1984-1994

    Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Board of Directors, 1988-1993; Treasurer, 1993; Secretary, 1994; Vice President, 1995; President Elect, 1996; President, 1997-1998

    The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 1987- 1999; Vice Chairman, 1995-1996; Chairman, 1998-1999

    Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Criminal Law Section; Chairman, 1988-1989

    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Board of Directors, 2001 - 2008

    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Membership Committee, Member, 1997 - 2008; Chairman, 2000 - 2008

    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; NGO Delegate in attendance to the United Nations Economic and Social Council's 12th Session of the Commission on Crime and Criminal Justice, Vienna, Austria, 2003

    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Investment Committee, Member, 2006 - 2009

 

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

    Disabled American Veterans, Life Member

 

 

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