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12544 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300
San Diego, California 92130
Direct Phone: 619.525.3866
Direct Fax: 619.744.5443

1020 Marsh Road, Suite 200
Menlo Park, California 94025

paul.johnson@procopio.com
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Paul B. Johnson

Partner

Admissions
California
Foreign Language(s)
French
Paul is Co-chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Join Ventures practice group. His practice focuses on buy and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, securities offerings and compliance, startup companies and general business counseling.

Paul has counseled some of San Diego's most successful technology companies, including Illumina, QUALCOMM and Life Technologies, in acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, SEC compliance and general corporate governance. He has also guided a number of smaller companies through important events in their life-cycle, including formation, venture capital and angel financings and sell-side mergers and acquisitions. Paul has also sold clients to strategic and private equity investors including Google, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Novell, SAIC, Technicolor, Texas Instruments, Titan and other household names. Paul also regularly represents venture capitalists and private equity firms in connection with their investments.

Prior to joining Procopio, Paul was a partner at DLA Piper, where he practiced corporate and securities law, first in Palo Alto and then for the last seven years at the firm’s San Diego office.
Education
  • JD, BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School, cum laude , 1996 (Law Review Editor)
  • MBA (International Finance), Brigham Young University, cum laude, 1996
  • BS (International Finance), Brigham Young University, 1992
Distinctions
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating
  • The Daily Transcript Top Attorney - 2012 (Corporate Transactional)
Community Involvement
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society – Board
  • San Diego Venture Group – PitchFest 2012-2014 Steering Committees
  • Connect / University of San Diego Law School Law Clinic
  • Board of Directors, YMCA Camps

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Recent Seminars
  • “CrowdFunding and the JOBS Act - Separating Hype from Reality,” San Diego Software Industries Council, San Diego, CA, September 26, 2012.
  • “How to Get Started Right – Tackling Issues Facing Your Start-up Now,” SV Forum, Palo Alto, CA, August 23, 2012.
  • “The 411 on the JOBS Act – additional capital raising opportunities this bill provides for companies,” SDSI Chalk Talk: How to Raise Funds, Carlsbad, CA, June 26, 2012.
  • “’Beginning With the End in Mind': Top 10 Mistakes You’re Likely Making Now That Could Blow Up Your Exit,” Procopio and SV Forum, Palo Alto, CA, June 13, 2012.