Over 30 years in practice


John Messina & Ted Hankin are recognized as experts in their field

Welcome To Messina & Hankin Law

The Messina & Hankin litigation attorneys are engaged in a full range of disputed matters in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside County courts, as well as a variety of alternative dispute resolution forums.

John Messina, head of the Firm’s Temecula Valley Office, is a licensed real estate broker and was the head of a mortgage banking firm in the San Gabriel Valley before turning to law. Ted Hankin, an attorney and CPA, heads the Firm’s Newport Beach Office and was formerly the Division Chair of the Estates, Probate and Trust Division of Alvarado Smith APC.

We are experienced attorneys who can assist you with your
transactions, planning and litigation needs.

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JOHN A. MESSINA JR. and TED HANKIN maintain their reputation as two of Southern California’s top rated lawyers. John and Ted have been lauded by their peers, earning Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating and its prestigious “Preeminent” distinction.

John heads the Firm’s Temecula Valley Office and is a litigation attorney with top executive level, hands-on experience as a broker, real estate developer, and mortgage banker. Along with being a published author, John has a lengthy record of experience litigating convoluted and difficult cases and is particularly adept at constructing complex business and real estate transactions. John’s recent victories in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and in the California Court of Appeals help demonstrate the level at which he practices law. Ted, an attorney and CPA, heads the fi rm’s Newport Beach office. Ted has effectively combined his success as an experienced lawyer while maintaining his CPA license continuously during his 37 years in practice.

Ted uses his vast knowledge about business-related matters to counsel his clients in transactions and litigate for them in matters involving business formation, operation, and dissolution. Ted excels as a trusts and estates attorney; handling everything from the preparation of estate-planning, conservatorships, and guardianships documents to the litigation of complex cases involving wills probates and trusts.

In addition to their Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating which is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability, both John and Ted are AVVO rated as “Superb” with 10.0 ratings.

Along with other senior members of the Firm, David A. Grabhorn, ESQ., and Mary E. Gram, ESQ., John and Ted’s distinctive legal-business acumen is what separates their services from their peers; very few attorneys know more about and have greater experience in every element of creating, maintaining and protecting businesses as do John and Ted.


Business Law
Business Law
Business law deals with the creation of new businesses and the issues that arise as existing businesses interact with the public, other companies.
Business Litigation
Business Litigation
Business litigation is a complex area of law which includes a variety of contractual and tort claims. Business disputes are never simple. We can help you with a wide range of challenges.
Business Transactions
Business Transactions
The area of law regarding transacting or conducting any business; negotiation; management. It may involve selling, leasing, borrowing, mortgaging or lending amongst a variety of other actions.
Estate Planning
Estate Planning
Estate planning is the act of preparing for the transfer of a person’s wealth and assets after his or her death. Assets, life insurance, pensions, real estate, cars, personal belongings, and debts are all part of one’s estate.
Probate and Trust Law
Probate and Trust Law
Probate Litigation consists of legal disputes about issues related to aging, disability and death. It involves court battles over those still alive, powers of attorney, patient advocate designations, and living wills.
Real Estate Law
Real Estate Law
Real estate law governs who may own and use the land. This simple concept includes a wide range of different legal disciplines, which is regulated by federal and state statutes. It also includes common law.



John A. Messina is the head of the Firm’s Temecula Valley Office.

Prior to law school, Mr. Messina had extensive experience in the real estate field, both as a licensed real estate broker (which he still is) and as the head of a mortgage banking firm in the San Gabriel Valley. Mr. Messina received his undergraduate degree….




Theodore M. Hankin is licensed by the State of California as an Attorney at Law and as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Hankin, since 1977, has been engaged in the full-time practice of law. Prior to becoming a partner in Lytton Williams Messina & Hankin, LLP ….




Ted has been very helpful with my case. He is well versed in business law, trust and probate and other relevant law matters that my case has required. What I have liked most about Ted is that he takes the time to explain to you in layman's terms details and relevant goings about my case and its process. He keeps you in the loop and makes you feel like he really cares about the outcome. You are not just another statistic to him. I also see a difference (compared to prior attorneys) in his many years of experience as an attorney and CPA. I highly recommend Ted for helping me with what could be considered a difficult case. His high ethics for his profession are second to none. The attorney you choose, does make a difference. I am happy he's been on my side.
Lisa Caprelli | Author
Ted has done outstanding work for our foundation (Kasem Cares). With his help and excellent writing skills and attention to detail, he helped us get our 501(c) 3 non-profit approved in only two months! He takes the time to explain legal jargon and terms on a level that is easy to understand. His experience and professional nature comes through when working with him. I recommend his services.
Kerri Kasem, Founder | KasemCares.org
Theodore Hankin helped me with my father's probate. He took care of all the details and years later I was aware how well he had set things up legally to protect me in the future.
Allison Molloy Buffett
Past results are not a guarantee of the results in future matters, and the outcome of a particular case or matter cannot be predicated upon a lawyer's or our law firm's past results.


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