- J. Cheney Mason was set to speak at a Bethune-Cookman University event
- He said he wasn't feeling well and went to a hospital, a school official says
- He was among those who represented Casey Anthony during her murder trial
J. Cheney Mason, a leading member of Casey Anthony's defense team, was rushed to a Florida hospital Friday, said a spokeswoman at a school where he had been scheduled to speak.
Meredith D. Rodriguez, an associate communications director at Bethune-Cookman University, said that Mason complained he was "not feeling well" during the Daytona Beach, Florida, school's annual Mass Communications Conference.
"As far as I know, Mr. Mason was conscious at the time," Rodriguez told InSession about the lawyer's condition when he was taken away by ambulance.
Mason was among those representing Anthony this year when the Orlando woman stood trial on charges she had murdered her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
The six-week trial ended in July when a jury acquitted Anthony of the most serious charges, though she was convicted of four counts of misleading authorities.
A graduate of the University of Florida, in 1971 Mason became a lawyer and launched his practice, according to a profile posted on his website. He was won numerous honors over his career, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Robert C. Henney Memorial Award in 2004, given annually to a "criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the association and the legal profession."