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Procopio Enhances Commitment to the Community

San Diego, CA – The founders of the law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP endowed the firm with an enduring commitment to the community, as well as to its clients. The firm continues to advocate for the San Diego region, investing extensive time and resources into nearly 200 trade, community, charitable, educational and cultural organizations. Procopio is proud to announce that the following individuals have recently enhanced that community commitment by taking leadership positions within various San Diego organizations.

Attorney Farzeen Essa was recently chosen for the Board of Directors of the California Western School of Law Alumni Association. The Association is dedicated to actively supporting the law school in its mission of educating ethical, competent, and compassionate lawyers who will use their training to creatively solve individual and societal problems. The Alumni Association Board of Directors governs programs, events, activities, and policies for the Association. Ms. Essa’s practice encompasses all aspects of business litigation. Her experience includes litigating class action securities, consumer fraud and antitrust and shareholder derivative actions.

Chief Operating Officer James G. Perkins, PhD has been elected to the Board of Directors of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC). The EDC strives to attract and retain companies in the San Diego region and works directly with these companies to assist in their relocation and expansion. Dr. Perkins has more than 20 years of experience serving as a chief operating officer/chief financial officer in the professional services, management consulting and manufacturing industries. He is responsible for all of the Procopio's non-legal operations including, administration, finance, marketing and information systems and is a member of the firm's management committee.

Attorney Gregory P. Powers was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the San Diego North Economic Development Council, a coalition of entities in both the private and public sectors working together to sustain and grow the economic base of North County. Their goal is to market the area internally and externally in an effort to retain and attract quality businesses and create additional, higher paying jobs. Additionally, Mr. Powers was recently re-elected for another term as Board President of the Saddleback College Foundation. He has been a board member for 4 years and has served as Board President for the past year. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funding and support for programs, facilities, equipment, and scholarships for Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. Mr. Powers represents public and private entities in the areas of land use and entitlements, energy and utilities, and telecommunications law. He has extensive experience representing public and quasi-public entities, including cities, special districts, joint powers authorities, and charter schools. He also represents private developers and landowners in all aspects of the land acquisition and entitlement process.

Partner Timothy E. Salter has been elected to the Board of Directors of the North County Trade Tech High School. The charter school’s mission is to “graduate students with a strong blend of academic and workforce competencies necessary for future success in post-secondary education and in the construction industry”. Mr. Salter focuses his practice on construction litigation matters. Over his 18 years of practice, he has represented sureties, general contractors and subcontractors in a variety of complex construction litigation matters, including claims for delay, disruption and acceleration.

Senior Counsel Eric D. Swenson has been named to the Board of Directors of the Pacific Beach Community Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to promote, enhance and educate the community of Pacific Beach. Since its reorganization in 1999, the Foundation has raised and donated over $200,000 to Pacific Beach projects, organizations and schools. Mr. Swenson’s practice encompasses both tax controversy and tax planning. He has represented corporations, partnerships and individuals in federal, state and local tax disputes including audits, appeals and litigation and advised clients on complex business transactions.

Senior Counsel Wendy L. Tucker was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego. The community-based organization provides youth, ages 6-18, with a fun, safe and constructive after school environment. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego has 17 locations throughout San Diego County, with 16,000 members and an additional 4,000 youth served. Ms. Tucker’s practice focuses on employment counseling and litigation with an emphasis on public agencies and health care entities. Her practice encompasses all phases of litigation before state and federal courts, including discovery, mediation, arbitration, trial, writs, and appeals.

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 LawExchange International and Legal Netlink Alliance, Procopio's ability to assist clients reaches around the world.