Member Description


John D. Hodson


Mr. Hodson, a retired Air Force judge advocate with extensive trial experience, is Solano County’s only AV-Preeminent rated family law attorney. He and his associates offer traditional family law representation, and he is also a court-certified arbitrator, mediator, special master, minor’s counsel, and private judge, and is trained in collaborative practice. He has chaired the State Bar of California Family Law Section Executive Committee (FlexCom) and served as Legislative Director, Education Director, and Secretary for the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Board of Directors.  He served two terms on the Council of State Bar Sections and is currently a member of the Judicial Council’s Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee.  He serves on various committees throughout California, and on the editorial board for the State Bar’s Family Law News and ACFLS’s The Specialist.  Mr. Hodson stood in for a year as Solano County’s Family Law Facilitator (sub rosa) and at various times has served as superior court judge pro tem, and has aided the court in various projects to include hiring of its Facilitator and drafting of the Local Rules of Court and local forms. He is a frequent MCLE lecturer on family law topics, and is Solano County’s first and only AAML Fellow. His firm has offices in Vacaville and Fairfield, concentrating in Solano County, but accepting select cases in other counties as well.  Mr. Hodson is a member of the AAML National Legislative Committee, and serves as the Northern California Chapter’s Legislative Liaison.  Mr. Hodson is a charter member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board for Solano County, where an annual “John D. Hodson, Esq. Spirit of Giving Award” is named in his honor.  He has been the Solano County Bar Association’s Attorney of the Year, and his firm has been honored as Law Firm of the Year.  He is the only family law attorney in Solano County to hold Martindale-Hubbel’s prestigious AV-Preeminent rating, its top rating for attorney competence and ethics.

Areas of Practice

Collaborative Practice, Litigation, Mediation, Private Judging, Pre and Post Marital Agreements, Consulting

Practice Counties

Solano (primary), Yolo (selected cases), Sacramento (selected cases), Contra Costa (associates), Napa (associates), Alameda (associates)

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Firm Name

Hodson & Mullin, Attorneys at Law


601 Buck Ave.





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727 Texas Street

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Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida 1980
Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree The George Washington University National Law Center Washington, D.C. 1985

Professional Activities


Solano County Bar Association Law Firm of the Year 2006
Solano County Bar Association Attorney of the Year 2011
The Salvation Army “Spirit of Giving” Award 2012

Professional Organizations

State Bar of California Family Law Section and Executive Committee (FlexCom) – Member 2005 to present; Chair 2009-2010; Advisor 2010 to present

Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Member 1998 to Present, Legislative Director 2013

Solano County Bar Association, and Family Law Committee, Member 1991 to present, Board of Directors 2006-2008

American Bar Association and Family Law Section, 1991 – Present

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2009 – Present


California State Bar Family Law News Editorial Board, 2008 – Present

Family Law Practice, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Solano County Bar Association News, 2009

State Bar Family Law Judicial Officer of the Year, Family Law News, 2006 and 2008

An Interview with the Chief Justice of California, Family Law News, 2009

Case Law Overview for Minors’ Counsel, 2008

Position Papers on various family law bills in the California State Legislature for FlexCom and ACFLS, 2005 – Present

Military Issues in California Family Law, 2012

Community Service

Founding Advisory Board Member, The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 2008 – Present

Mentor, Multicultural Center, Los Angeles CA, 2011-2012

“Lawyers at the Kettles” – 2010 – Present

Chair, “100 Kids to Camp” Fundraiser, 2012 – Present

Chair, Solano County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Panel

State Bar of California, Mandatory Fee Arbitrator, 2009 – Present

Air Force Retired Judge Advocates Association, 1991 – Present

International President, Air Force Sergeants Association, 1982 – 1984

President, Board of Trustees, Community United Methodist Church, 1983 – 1985