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Rodney J. Mason

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in St. Paul, MN

Mason & Helmers
332 Minnesota St., Suite W-3070
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-224-5343
Fax: 651-224-5711
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation (80%), Business Litigation (10%), Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, German, Spanish
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Attorney Profile

Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Rodney J. Mason is a stockholder in Mason & Helmers. Providing representation to clients in Ramsey and Hennepin counties and throughout the state, he focuses his practice on trust and estate litigation. The types of matters that Mr. Mason has extensive experience in include will contests, litigation involving executors and trustees, guardianships and conservatorships, inheritance and other probate disputes, creditors’ claims, and business succession disputes. His high degree of ethics and his successes on behalf of his clients have earned Mr. Mason an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Mason attended the University of Southern California as an undergraduate, where he majored in German language and literature and received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in 1967. His legal education was obtained at the University of Minnesota Law School, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1976. Fluent in German and Spanish as well as English, Mr. Mason is admitted to practice in Minnesota, Oregon and Wisconsin. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the United States Tax Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Active in several professional organizations, Mr. Mason's memberships include the American, Minnesota State and Ramsey County bar associations. He has also been heavily involved in a variety of community organizations. For nearly 13 years, Mr. Mason served on the board of directors of the Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, an organization that provides educational training and other services to homeless men, women and children. He was also a member of the board of directors of what then called Twin City Christian Homes, a group that provides housing to senior citizens.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Will Contests, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021

About Rodney J. Mason

First Admitted: 1976, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • In re Estate of Feyen (Minn.App. 2005)
  • In re Thomas J. Mellgren Trust Agreement (Minn.App. 2001)
  • International Financial Services, Inc. v. Franz, 534 N.W.2d 261, 26 UCC Rep.Serv.2d 1137 (Minn. 1995)
  • Harpster v. Hetherington (Minn.App. 1993)
  • Patel v. Metropolitan Transit Com'n, 444 N.W.2d 584 (Minn.App. 1989)
  • Laska v. Laska, 255 Wis.2d 823, 646 N.W.2d 393, 2002 WI App 132 (Wis.App. 2002)
  • Pearson-Berke, Inc. v. McIntosh, 350 N.W.2d 378 (Minn. 1984)
  • Hagen v. Burmeister & Associates, Inc., 633 N.W.2d 497 (Minn. 2001)
  • Hagen v. Burmeister & Associates, Inc. (Minn.App. 1999)
  • Harpster v. Hetherington, 512 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. 1994)
  • Finn v. National Camera Exchange, Inc. (Minn.App. 1992)
  • Bredberg v. Long, 103 Lab.Cas. P 34,720 (8th Cir.(Minn.) 1985)
  • Wills v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 364 N.W.2d 504 (Minn.App. 1985)
  • In re Estate of Stewart (Minn.App. 2005)
  • Hagen v. American Agency, Inc., 617 N.W.2d 799, 16 IER Cases 1574 (Minn.App. 2000)
  • International Financial Services, Inc. v. Franz, 515 N.W.2d 379, 23 UCC Rep.Serv.2d 1078 (Minn.App. 1994)
  • Tower Ins. Co. v. Good News Church, Inc. (Minn.App. 1993)
  • Bredberg v. Long, 778 F.2d 1285, 27 Wage & Hour Cas. (BNA) 721 (8th Cir.(Minn.) 1985)
  • Avery v. Solargizer Intern., Inc., 427 N.W.2d 675 (Minn.App. 1988)

Educational Background

  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, B.A. cum laude, 1967

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Minnesota, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1996
  • American Bar Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
  • Ramsey County Bar Trusts & Estates Section, Co-Chair, 2011 - 2013
  • Wisconsin, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1991
  • Oregon, 2013
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Business Law, Northwestern College, Bethel College  


  • AV Rating (Highest Possible) through Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review System, 2008  

Pro bono/Community Service

  • The German Commonwealth of International Lawyers and Notaries, Patent Agents, Tax Consultants, Certified Public Accountants, Member  
  • Non-Profit Organizations: Housing, Mental Health, Homeless  


  • “ Excellent Estate litigator.”
  • “ Rod Mason is the dean of the probate litigation bar in Minnesota - he is a thought leader and a skilled litigator, navigating his clients through complex family estate disputes. ”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Rodney J. Mason

332 Minnesota St.
Suite W-3070
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-224-5343

Fax: 651-224-5711

Last Updated: 2/25/2021

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