Richard E. Masson

Managing Partner

Richard Masson is Senior 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.

Mr. Masson received his LL.M in Taxation in 2005. The Master of Laws (LL.M) program permits an attorney to develop a more concentrated expertise in a particular area of law. Mr. Masson uses his LL.M in Taxation to assist parties in drafting their estate plans in a more cohesive manner.


  • University of Utah, B.S., 1994, University of Utah, J.D., 1998;
  • Chapman University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2005


  • Orange County Bar Association
    (Member, Sections on: Family Law; Business Litigation; Estate Planning), 1998-Present
  • State Bar of California, 1998- Present

Hobbies & Interests:

  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, awarded 1987
  • President, Southern California University of Utah Alumni Association, 2015- Present
  • Outdoor Activities, including Triathlons, Surfing, Volleyball, Golf, Football and Skiing

Practice Areas

Awards And Honors:

2005 Super Lawyer, Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star Edition 2005.

CALI Excellence For The Future Award, Estate and Gift Taxation, Fall 2005.


Author: “Understanding Legal Malpractice,” Utah Bar Journal, February 1998, Vol. 11.

Published Cases

In re Marriage of McKean (2019) 41 Cal.App.5th 1083, 254 Cal.Rptr. 3d 726.

Stout v. Marshack (In re Stout) 649 F. App’x 621 (9th Cir. 2016)

In re Marriage of Ficke (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 10, 157 Cal.Rptr 3d 870.

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