McGee & Mason, P.A.

Joseph M. “Joe” Mason, Jr.
Joe Mason, a lifelong resident of Hernando County concentrates his practice in the areas of land use, environmental, and real estate law, including litigation of real estate matters.

During a career that has encompassed more than 40 years, he practiced with now Chief Circuit Judge Daniel B. Merritt, Sr., was a member of Shackleford, Farrior, Stallings and Evans, P.A., in Tampa, Florida, served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps during the Vietnam conflict, and worked as a trial attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Joe’s leadership in the Hernando community includes serving as president of the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional Hospitals, director and president of the Hernando Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc. (now The Arc Nature Coast, Inc.), a current member of the executive board of the Gulf Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and a current member of the Brooksville Kiwanis Club.

He is a member of The Florida Bar and The District of Columbia Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  He is also a member of the Hernando County Bar Association (former President, for two terms), and is a Master-of-the Bench in the Citrus-Hernando American Inn of Court.

Joe is a past president, and currently serves as a member of the executive board, of both Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., and Legal Advocacy Center of Central Florida, Inc., which provide free representation in civil matters to low-income residents of a 12 county area spread across Florida from the Gulf to the Atlantic.  He has served as a member and chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission, the Grievance Committee, and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, and as a member both of the Professional Ethics, and of the Clients’ Security Fund, Committees of The Florida Bar.

Joe earned his B.S.B.A. in Banking and Finance at the University of Florida, and is an honors graduate of the University of Florida College of Law.  He has earned the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating, AV, for legal ability and professional ethics.

Carole Joy Barice
Carole Barice graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Chemistry.  She then graduated from Florida State University School of Law, J.D. with honors.  She was a member of the Florida State University Law Review, and has been practicing law since 1976.  Carole is AV Preeminent rated, and was selected by Martindale-Hubbell for the Bar Register of Preeminent Woman Lawyers.

Carole is Board Certified in City, County, and Local Government Law.  She is also a Supreme Court Certified Mediator for Florida Appellate, Circuit and County Courts.  Carole is admitted to practice law in Florida, Michigan and Alaska.  She is a member of the Citrus-Hernando Inn of Court.

Previously, Carole was General Counsel for the Florida Department of State, Chief Cabinet Aide to the Secretary of State, and Assistant General Counsel for the Florida Department of Environmental Regulations.  She was a Founding Director and Vice President and Secretary of the Anthony House Shelter for the Homeless.  She has been a Hearing Officer for Zoning and Land Use for the City of Orlando and for Orange County, Code Enforcement Special Magistrate for both Orange County and Pinellas County, and Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Altamonte Springs, Cocoa Beach, Deltona, and Dunnellon.  Carole currently serves as Attorney for the Lake County Water Authority and the Lake Apopka Natural Gas District, and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Weeki Wachee.

Carole practices in the areas of Environmental Law, Land Use, Governmental Law, Administrative Law, Appellate Practice, Real Property, Contracts, and General Litigation.

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