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  • Procopio’s William Smelko Receives Volunteer Award for Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program (CARE)

    September 27, 2016 (San Diego) _ Procopio Of Counsel William “Bill” Smelko recently received the 2016 Volunteer Award from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California for his time and dedication to the Court’s Credit Abuse Resistance Education program (CARE). The program, established in San Diego County in 2005 by John J. Hargrove (former judge at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California) and modeled after a similar program in New York,...

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  • USD School of Law - Procopio International Tax Institute Announces Speakers for 12th Annual Event

    September 15, 2016 (San Diego) _ ​​The University of San Diego School of Law - Procopio International Tax Institute (USD-PITI) announced today its lineup of speakers for the annual event, held on October 20-21 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. Presented by the University of San Diego School of Law and celebrating its 12th year in 2016, USD-PITI is the premier educational and networking event for the latest developments in the tax laws of the United States, Mexico an...

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  • Now Accepting Applications for Procopio's Summer 2017 Native American Law Internship Program

    Procopio has a long-standing tradition of providing growth opportunities to the communities we serve.  Procopio’s Native American Law Practice Group extends this tradition by actively investing in the future leaders of Indian Country through offering paid internships for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law.  Please join us in identifying qualified legal students within Native American communities that may be interested in being part...

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  • Effective TODAY! Revised San Diego Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

    In previous updates from earlier this summer, we alerted employers about the San Diego Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance (“Ordinance”), advising employers that the “original” Ordinance (effective July 11) would eventually be revised into an “implemented” Ordinance (effective sometime in September).  The Office of Enforcement (the agency tasked with enforcing the Ordinance in San Diego) finalized the language in the implemented Ordinance and the effective date is TO...

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  • How Businesses Can Recover Serious Damages from Website Copyright Infringers

    A company's website is their calling card, and with so many emerging startups looking to establish their brand, it is easy to overlook the “little things,” like copyrighting website content. As attorneys who often advise firms on copyright protection, we know better than anyone that protecting intellectual property is top of mind for technology and brand conscious business owners. What is not always top of mind is everything that encompasses intellectual property, like website content...

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  • Should You Consider a “Crowdfunding” Offering?

    On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt “Regulation Crowdfunding,” or “Regulation CF”. On May 16, 2016, the final Regulation CF went active.  Regulation CF is meant to make it easier for privately held companies to raise investment capital. Unlike other crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter™, GoFundMe™ and IndieGoGo™ that raise funds from the public for personal causes and cool ideas where the donors have no expectation of a return...

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  • LANDLORDS, PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY!

    Let’s say you’re a landlord.  Your tenant’s contractor builds improvements.  The contractor is not paid, and records a mechanics lien.  Does the lien impact your fee interest in the property?  It can.  In California, a mechanics lien may attach to a fee interest even where the landlord does not contract for the improvements.  (Civil Code § 8442.)  This presents risk where a tenant wants to build.  However, there are ways for a landlord ...

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  • Kevin Wilson Joins Procopio as Director of Business Development and Client Relations

    August 10, 2016 (San Diego) _ Procopio recently announced the addition of Kevin Wilson to the position of Director of Business Development and Client Relations. He brings over 20 years of business development, marketing and client relations experience working most recently as the Director of Client Relations at Warner, Norcross & Judd, a Michigan-based business law firm with over 240 attorneys. In his new role at Procopio, Kevin will focus on a variety of business development projects inc...

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  • Procopio Pro Bono Counsel Helps the Tom Homann LGBT Law Foundation Achieve 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status

    August 8, 2016 (San Diego) _ Procopio is proud to represent the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association (THLA) in the formation of a new nonprofit, the Tom Homann LGBT Law Foundation (Foundation), and obtain the Foundation’s tax exemption under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).  THLA is a law association dedicated to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in California and the nation, and a platform for LGBT lawyers in San Diego to network, mentor law students...

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  • Procopio Boosts Construction Practice with Partner Laurence Phillips

    July 27, 2016 (San Diego) _ Procopio continues the expansion of its internationally recognized construction team with the addition of Laurence R. Phillips as Partner.  Mr. Phillips brings nearly 20 years of experience representing contractors, subcontractors/suppliers, developers and public agencies in all aspects of private and public works contracting. He handles a range of issues including contract drafting and negotiations, prevailing wage law counseling, bid protests, resolution...

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