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Procopio Elects Three Attorneys to Partnership

San Diego, CAProcopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is pleased to announce that three attorneys have been elected to the firm partnership. The election of John D. Alessio, Lionel P. Hernholm and S. Todd Neal is effective as of January 1, 2010.

“These guys are great,” said Thomas W. Turner, Jr, Procopio’s managing partner. “While relatively new to Procopio, each of these outstanding lawyers has demonstrated not only exceptional legal skills, but a commitment to our firm’s core values of respect and consideration for all, outstanding client service and commitment to the San Diego community.”

John Alessio practices primarily in the areas of business, employment and lender litigation and consultation with an emphasis on class action defense. He is experienced in civil trials, arbitrations, and mediations and has successfully argued on multiple occasions before the Fourth District Court of Appeal. He has lectured and published articles on various topics covering civil litigation and employment matters. Prior to joining Procopio, Alessio was a founding partner at Thompson & Alessio, LLP. Alessio received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of San Diego in 1991 and graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1994.

Lionel Hernholm heads Procopio's family law group, where his practice focuses on matters involving complex property characterization, income attribution, support, and tracing issues. Hernholm has an extensive background in both business litigation and family law matters, and has represented clients in proceedings throughout the United States. Hernholm has successfully presented appeals on behalf of his clients in California’s Second and Fourth Appellate Districts. He is admitted to the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, the Southern District of Texas and the Southern District of New York. Hernholm earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1968 and received his J.D. from the California Western School of Law in 1975.

Todd Neal
’s practice focuses on complex business litigation matters and the defense of white collar criminal cases. A former Federal Defender, Neal is a seasoned trial lawyer who has served as lead trial counsel in more than twenty-five jury trials which were tried to verdict. Over the past fifteen years he has tried civil cases in federal and state courts in three different states. His deep experience includes victories on both the plaintiff and defense side of civil cases, in addition to winning acquittals in federal criminal trials. Neal has tried civil cases involving claims of unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, securities fraud, trade secrets, conversion, real property disputes and product liability. Neal earned a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in 1990 and received his J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1994.

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. For additional information, please visit