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Mason Kerns

Associate
Kerns@leesfield.com
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Phone: (305) 854-4900
Fax: (305) 854-8266
Toll Free: (800) 836-6400


Mason Kerns is an associate in the Firm practicing in the areas of civil litigation involving personal injury, wrongful death and cruise ship and maritime litigation.

Mr. Kerns attended the University of Miami School of Law on an academic scholarship, graduating cum laude in 2011. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. An award-wining journalist, Mr. Kerns worked during college as Editor of the Daily Iowan and a correspondent for the Des Moines Register.

Following law school, he served the indigent of Miami-Dade County as an Assistant Public Defender until 2014. During his first year as an Assistant Public Defender, Mr. Kerns represented accused juveniles in nearly 50 bench trials. He handled exclusively jury matters over the next two years, trying nearly 30 jury trials in mostly first or second degree felony cases. Mr. Kerns has also represented clients in appellate and post-conviction matters and has argued before the Third District Court of Appeal.

Prior to joining Leesfield Scolaro, P.A., Mr. Kerns worked in the private sector specializing in civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, maritime defense and class actions.

Education

J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2011
cum laude

B.A., University of Iowa, 2008

  • Double Major
  • Journalism, with honors
  • Kappa Tau Alpha
  • Political Science, with honors

Awards & Recognition
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Research and Writing II
  • Dean’s Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Academic Performance in Legal Research and Writing
  • Dean’s Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Academic Performance in Substantive Criminal Law
  • Awarded “Best Brief” among more than 200 participants in the John T. Gaubatz Moot Court Competition
  • Miami Scholar
Presentations And Publications

“Selling the Picasso to Fix the Plumbing: An Analysis of Five High-Profile Deaccessioning Attempts,” American Law Institute/American Bar Association Coursebook: Legal Issues in Museum Administration (2010).

Training presentation for Juvenile Sentencing Advocacy Program- “The Home and the Fourth Amendment: Principles and Case Law.” (2013)

Florida Bar CLE Presentation, “Answers & Affirmative Defenses in State and Federal Court,” Ref. 1504778N. (2015)

“Florida Courts’ Habitual Violation of Arthur Hearing Rights – and What the Criminal Defense Bar Should Do About It.” (estimated publication: September 2016).

Professional And Community Involvement
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Miami Innocence Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law
  • Public Interest Leadership Board, H.O.P.E., University of Miami School of Law
Admitted To Practice Florida Bar, 2011
Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida