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Procopio Elects Four Attorneys to Partnership

San Diego, CAProcopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is pleased to announce that four lawyers have been elected to the firm partnership: Enrique Hernández-Pulido, Paul B. Johnson, Michael E. Lyon and Roger C. Rappoport. Their election is effective January 1, 2007.

“We are proud to elect such a talented and highly respected group of attorneys to the partnership,” said Thomas W. Turner, Jr., managing partner. “They exemplify the firm’s commitment to professionalism, the highest of ethical standards, and providing exceptional value to our clients.”

Enrique Hernández-Pulido is licensed in Mexico and California and represents multinational clients in international tax planning and the development of business transactions, worldwide investment and financing structures, and planning for worldwide income and estate and inheritance taxes. He worked for several years in the Mexican government in the areas of tax, finance and administration, serving in the Mexican Ministry of Finance (Secretaria de Hacienda y Crédito Público) as Federal Fiscal Deputy Attorney General in charge of consultation and legislative issues, Legal General Director of IPAB (Mexico’s Bank Deposit Insurance Federal Authority), and General Counsel of FIDELIQ. Hernández-Pulido received his Mexican law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana, from which he graduated in1992. He obtained a joint LL.M./ITP degree in international taxation and tax policy from Harvard Law School in 1995 and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business and the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Tec de Monterrey), earning two distinct MBA degrees from the respective institutions. Hernández-Pulido is the immediate past chair of the International Committee of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California, a volunteer with the Institute of the Americas and a member of the board of Friends of Vista Hill, a San Diego non-profit organization.

Paul Johnson’s practice focuses on securities law, including public securities, offerings and compliance, venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and venture backed companies. He received his B.S. in business management (international finance), MBA, and J.D., cum laude, from Brigham Young University, serving as articles editor for the law review at BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. He was previously a partner in the San Diego office of DLA Piper. Johnson serves on the board of the 4S Ranch Little League.

Michael Lyon has been practicing real estate and finance law in San Diego since 1982. His work encompasses a wide range of real estate transactional matters, with an emphasis on mezzanine lending, acquisitions and sales, financing, development projects, joint venture formation and other equity investments, and joint development agreements. Lyon received his bachelor’s degree in economics (with honors) and law degree from the University of California at Davis, where he served as an editor of its law review, and was previously a principal at Hilding Kipnis Lyon & Kelly. He serves as legal counsel to Temple Solel, Encinitas, on a pro bono basis.

Roger Rappoport’s practice focuses on general business, corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital. He represents privately held and public companies in the information technology, telecommunications and life sciences industries in a wide range of transactions, including corporate formation, venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and primary and secondary public offerings. Rappoport received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School and his initial law degree and B.A. in political science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a member of the Steering Committee for CONNECT, the Capital Formation Committee for BIOCOM and the Capital Formation Committee for CommNexus San Diego. He is also a member of the San Diego Software Industry Council, the San Diego Venture Group, the State Bar of California, and the American Bar Association. Rappoport was previously with Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in Silicon Valley.

About Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP was established in 1946 and is now one of the largest business law firms in the San Diego region. With offices in San Diego and Carlsbad, Procopio’s more than 110 experienced attorneys provide comprehensive legal services in the areas of construction; corporate and securities; emerging growth and technology; employment, labor and benefits; environmental, land use and governmental affairs; finance, restructuring and bankruptcy; health care; intellectual property; international law; litigation; Native American law; patent prosecution and counseling; real estate; tax; trademarks and copyrights; and trusts, estates and probate. Through its membership in Law Exchange International and Legal NetLink Alliance, Procopio's ability to assist clients reaches around the world.