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Procopio Elects Attorneys to Partnership

San Diego, CA Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been elected to the firm partnership. The election of Gregory J. Barnes, Lisel M. Ferguson, Evelyn F. Heidelberg, Samuel S. Lee, and Jon P. Schimmer is effective as of January 1, 2009.

“These five attorneys have each made significant contributions to our firm and consistently demonstrate their dedication to the teamwork that is essential to ensure the success of both our clients and the firm,” said Thomas W. Turner, Jr., Procopio’s managing partner. “We congratulate our new partners, whose outstanding client service and commitment to the San Diego community exemplify the core values we all share at Procopio.”

Gregory J. Barnes focuses his practice on construction litigation, surety law and real estate matters. Throughout his career, Mr. Barnes has been actively involved in legal issues concerning construction claims, surety bond defense, and Mechanic's Lien law. He was formerly General Counsel at Roel Construction Company, Inc. and a partner at Perkins & Miltner, LLP before joining Procopio in 2006. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Barnes has also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in alternative dispute resolutions. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Buffalo, New York and his law degree from the New England School of Law in Boston.

Lisel M. Ferguson’s practice focuses on copyright, trademark, patent prosecution and intellectual property litigation. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Ferguson spent over five years working full time in the professional fields of science and biology. She worked for Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UCSD and an International Environmental Group where she assisted with numerous professorial level and Ph.D. research projects and co-authored scientific journal articles. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with two minors in Psychology and Photography from the University of California, San Diego. Ms. Ferguson received her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Evelyn F. Heidelberg’s practice has a dual focus on environmental and land use matters, and on real property and commercial litigation. Ms. Heidelberg has extensive experience litigating a broad range of issues under California and federal environmental and land use law. She represents clients in obtaining land use entitlements, counsels them on compliance with state and federal environmental law, and advises them on environmental due diligence for real estate, finance and corporate transactions. With respect to general commercial litigation, Ms. Heidelberg represents mortgage lending and servicing companies in defending against predatory lending and foreclosure claims. Ms. Heidelberg graduated from the University of Delaware, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She earned her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law in 1991, where she was valedictorian. Ms. Heidelberg is a member of the Boards of Directors of Home Start, Inc. and of the City Ballet of San Diego.

Samuel S. Lee’s practice emphasizes client counseling in all aspects of intellectual property related matters, including preparation and prosecution of patent applications, patent and technology licensing, infringement analysis, due diligence investigations, and litigation. Mr. Lee has an extensive background in electrical engineering and signal processing. He handles intellectual property matters in a wide variety of technical fields, including wireless communications, medical devices, multimedia and animation, video display devices, optical network systems, video compression and transmission, optical recording media, geophysical surveying systems, and semiconductor processing. Mr. Lee received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981, an M.S. in Signal Processing from the University of Southern California in 1994 and his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1998.

Jon P. Schimmer focuses his practice on all areas of international, federal, state and local tax and business matters, with an emphasis on tax and business planning for corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships. He also advises individuals with respect to income, estate, and gift tax issues, and represents businesses and individuals in connection with audit and controversy matters before the Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board, State Board of Equalization and County Assessor Offices. Mr. Schimmer attended Pepperdine University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1992. He received his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2001, where he graduated cum laude. In 2001, he also received his LL.M. degree in taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. Mr. Schimmer is also licensed by the California Board of Accountancy as a California CPA.

About Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

With more than 110 attorneys in San Diego and Carlsbad, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is one of the largest full-services business law firms in Southern California. We are a local law firm with a global network that gives us the ability to serve our clients’ interests throughout the world. Procopio is dedicated to understanding the businesses and industries of our clients and collaborating with them to develop tailored strategies. We advise companies at every stage in the corporate life cycle, helping them to plan, finance and operate their businesses. Since 1946, our success has been derived from our commitment to our clients and our ability to maximize the value we provide to them. Our goal is to continue building long-term relationships with our clients through a steady, team-oriented approach.