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John A. Mason


John Mason received his Bachelor of Science Degree with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, and his Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1993. Since that time he has maintained a broad-based civil litigation practice which focuses primarily on defending complex matters including commercial disputes as well as personal injury, product liability, professional negligence (including medical and legal malpractice), wage and hour, class action and unfair business practice claims. He also has extensive experience in defending clients in litigation pertaining to the cemetery and funeral industry.

Mr. Mason is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible ranking with respect to legal ability and ethics. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the Sacramento, Placer and Los Angeles County Bar Associations, the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, and the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. Mr. Mason has a statewide practice and is admitted in all California state courts, as well as the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of the United States District Court in California and the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

During law school, Mr. Mason was a member of the 1992-93 Moot Court honors Board. Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Mason served as a Consultant to the California State Assembly, Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. From 1993 through 1995, he was an attorney with the Sacramento based law firm of Duncan, Ball, Evans & Ubaldi. In 1996, he joined the Law Offices of Douglas P. Adams where he maintained a civil litigation, trial and appellate practice representing insurance carriers, self – insured organizations, public entities, corporate clients, non-profits and individuals. In 1999, he became a shareholder and the firm name was changed to Adams & Mason, Inc., and then to Adams, Mason & Corzine in 2002. In December 2003, Mr. Mason joined the law offices of Gurnee Mason & Forestiere LLP, and in January 2007 became a partner in the firm.

Throughout his career, Mr. Mason has been actively involved in a number of civic and non-profit organizations in the greater Sacramento region. He is a graduate of the Leadership Roseville program, has served on the City of Roseville’s Growth Management Visioning Committee, and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce, serving as Secretary/Treasurer. Mr. Mason is a former President of the Board of Directors for the Sacramento S.P.C.A. and Past-President of the Placer County S.P.C.A. Board of Directors. He has also served on the Board of Directors of KidsFirst (formerly known as the Placer County Child Abuse Prevention Council) and is a member of the Rotary Club of Roseville.


Published Opinions:

  • Savnik v. Hall (1999) 74 Cal.App.4th 733
  • Jeffers v. Gomez, 267 F.3d 895 (9th Cir. 2001.)
  • Patterson v. Sacramento City Unified School Dist. (2007) 155 Cal.App.4th 821.
  • Baudino v SCI California Funeral Services, Inc. (2008) 169 Cal.App.4th 773.
  • Bryant v. Service Corporation International, 801 F.Supp.3d 898 (2011, N.D.Cal.)
  • Helm v. Alderwoods Group, Inc., 696 F.Supp.2d 1057 (2011, N.D. Cal.)