Perry Mason is a criminal defense attorney who specializes in defending seemingly indefensible and unwinnable cases.
Perry Erle Mason was born and raised in Vallejo, California. His father was a hardware salesman and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, while his mother was a pianist and music teacher.
After Mason graduated from Vallejo High School, he went on to the University of California, Berkeley. Upon graduating from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, he went on to the UC Berkeley School of Law. After graduating from Berkeley Law, Mason passed the California Bar Examination and was admitted to the State Bar of California.
He was then accepted into the U.S. Marine Corps Judge Advocate Division. After attending Officer Candidates School and The Basic School, Mason went on to The Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. Afterwards, he was assigned as a defense counsel to the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Branch Office of the Marine Corps Defense Services Organization. Mason left the U.S. Marine Corps after four years of service.
He then moved to Los Angeles and applied for a job with the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California. Upon successfully completing the entire application process, Mason was hired as an assistant federal public defender. He left the Federal Public Defender's Office after three years and obtained employment with a prestigious downtown Los Angeles criminal litigation law firm as a senior associate.
A couple of years later, Mason left the firm and set up his own solo law practice specializing in criminal defense. Soon after, he hired a young woman named Della Street as his legal secretary. A little while later, Mason hired a former U.S. Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division special agent named Paul Drake as his law practice's investigator. He had first met Drake when they were both stationed at Camp Pendleton.
As a defense attorney, Mason is specifically known for taking on cases where all the evidence leads to his client, but ones where he believes that the client is innocent in spite of the evidence. The cases that he accepts are also based upon his curiosity regarding the problem that the client is facing. Quite often, the clients and even law enforcement officers regard Mason as a better detective, as he entails every minute detail of the crime so as to get to the bottom and solve the mystery.
With the aid of Della Street and Paul Drake, he often finds that by digging deeply into the facts, startling facts can be revealed. Relying on surprise witnesses and his outstanding courtroom skills displayed by his stern cross-examinations, Mason often tricks or traps people into unwittingly admitting their guilt.
A frequently foe in his cases is deputy district attorney Hamilton Burger.