7 Procopio Attorneys Honored by San Diego Business Journal
November 16, 2020 (San Diego): Seven Procopio attorneys have received recognition by the San Diego Business Journal in three different competitions. Partner William Eigner was named a winner in the 2020 Leaders in Law competition, with Partners Carole Buckner, Paul Johnson and Cecilia O’Connell Miller finalists as well as Senior Associate Jessica Lazur and Associate Sara Neva. Sara was also named a winner in the magazine’s 2020 NEXT Top 40 under 40 competition, and Partner Lisel Ferguson was named a finalist in the 2020 Business Women of the Year competition.
Let’s meet our winners and finalists (in alphabetical order):
Carole Buckner – Carole is a Partner and General Counsel at Procopio. Her practice focuses on legal ethics, professional responsibility and the law of lawyering, including advising lawyers and law firms, and rendering expert opinions. She also serves as an expert consultant on issues involving legal ethics including legal fees, billing, fee arrangements, conflicts of interest, fee sharing, referral fees, unauthorized practice of law, withdrawal from representation, modification of fee arrangements, client trust accounting, and other issues. Carole is also a certified arbitrator and mediator.
William Eigner – Bill is a Partner at Procopio counseling clients in the areas of venture capital, angel financing, seed capital and financing, governing, operating, buying, selling and merging (M&A) of growing technology and other businesses. Bill’s practice focuses on corporate and business transactions, including matters relating to software, telecommunications, ecommerce, cybersecurity, energy, clean technology, life sciences, corporate governance, franchising, employment and independent contractor issues. He also has extensive experience in intellectual property protection, competitive business practices, securities and business structuring and financing, as well as mergers and acquisitions, contractual and political issues involving telecommunications and independent power producers.
Lisel Ferguson — Lisel is a Partner at Procopio and the co-leader of its Sports and Active Livestyle industry group. She counsels clients on patent, trademark and copyright prosecution worldwide, and intellectual property litigation throughout the United States. Lisel’s practice focuses on computer hardware and software, sporting goods, apparel, Internet, entertainment, medical devices, agricultural products and services, and consumer goods. She has experience working with Federal Litigation, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) actions, Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) actions, domain name disputes and Internet law.
Paul Johnson – Paul is a Partner at Procopio and the leader of its Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Joint Ventures practice group. He helps entrepreneurs and their investors get companies formed, funded and sold, including initial formation of corporations and LLCs, negotiation of seed, early and mid-stage equity financings and buy and sell-side mergers and acquisitions. Paul is also adept at venture capital investments, public and private securities offering and compliance and general business counseling. Paul has also counseled some of San Diego’s most successful companies in Securities and Exchange Commission compliance and general corporate governance. He is a member of Procopio’s COVID-19 Legal Resources Team.
Jessica Lazur — is a Senior Associate with Procopio. Her corporate practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and the representation of companies in their formation and organization, debt and equity financings, securities filings and general corporate matters. She also represents aircraft purchasers and sellers throughout transactions, including assisting buyers in obtaining California sales and use tax exemptions. In addition, Jessica represents pro bono clients, including non-profit corporations, and volunteers her time for non-profit causes.
Cecilia O’Connell Miller – Ceci is the Leader of Procopio’s Insurance Recovery practice group. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and pre-litigation counseling with a focus on insurance coverage recovery. She has extensive experience in representing technology, financial services, life sciences, hospitality, multi-media, health care, manufacturing, construction and municipal clients obtaining millions in insurance coverage for first and third party liabilities under a wide range of insurance policies. Her practice encompasses trial and appellate representation of her clients in arbitrations, state courts and federal courts across the country. Ceci is a member of Procopio’s COVID-19 Legal Resources Team.
Sara Neva – Sara is an Associate in Procopio’s Real Estate practice who counsels clients on real estate, finance and general business transactions. Her practice involves real estate property purchase and sale, commercial leases and easements, joint venture formation and other equity investments, financing, land use and entitlements. Sara is experienced with developers, builders, lenders, borrowers, commercial real estate investors, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and commercial landlords and tenants.
Procopio attorneys and practice groups are routinely named to various legal rankings lists, including Chambers and Partners®, Best Lawyers in America®, Best Law Firms in America®, Martindale-Hubbell®, and Super Lawyers®. The firm is ranked as the largest San Diego-based law firm by the San Diego Business Journal. American Lawyer magazine ranks Procopio high among AmLaw 200 firms for attorney diversity, and the firm is recognized by Law360 as a Best Law Firm for Minority Attorneys. Earlier this year Procopio was certified by Diversity Lab as a Mansfield Rule firm for actively supporting and advancing attorneys of color, LGBTQ+ and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions, one of only a few dozen law firms in the U.S. to achieve this recognition.