Surviving a False Conviction, the True Story of Wilton Dedge
May 24, 2018
Cheney Mason - Attorney
Surviving a False Conviction, the True Story of Wilton Dedge

J. Cheney Mason enlisted in the United States Air Force on his 17th birthday in 1960.  Following boot camp and technical training, he served in the far east for three years, including numerous temporary duty deployments throughout the south pacific and south east Asia.  He was honorably discharged in 1964 and, shortly thereafter, attended the University of Florida.  He graduated undergraduate school with his B.A. in 1968 and immediately began law school.  He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law in 1970 and, shortly thereafter, was admitted to the Florida Bar. 

For the past 48 years, he has practiced primarily in the field of criminal defense, marital and family law, and trial practice.  He is Board Certified as a criminal trial lawyer, certified by both the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is also an elected Fellow of the elite American Board of Criminal Lawyers.

Mr. Mason is frequently a guest lecturer for various legal organizations and key note speaker to numerous legal, political, and social organizations.  He 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.

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, Court TV, CNN In Session, ABC’s 20/20, Fox News, multiple appearances on Piers Morgan, Special CNN Profiles with Jean Casarez and dozens of local news/social interviews and broadcasts. 

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