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Procopio Expands with Addition of Five Attorneys Across Firm

San Diego, CA Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, a leading San Diego law firm, is pleased to announce that Mathieu Blackston, Farzeen Essa, Yandie Alvin Fashu-Kanu, DeEtte Loeffler and Matthew Short have joined the firm.

“The addition of these five talented attorneys exemplifies our continued commitment to our clients and the quality service they expect,” says Thomas W. Turner, Jr., managing partner. ”Each has outstanding legal qualifications and we are fortunate to add them to the firm and our growing practice areas.”

Mathieu Blackston joins Procopio from Snell & Wilmer, LLP. As a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, his practice encompasses all aspects of business litigation. Blackston received his bachelor of arts in literature from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and his juris doctor, cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law where he was a member of the editorial boards for the San Diego Law Review and the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues.

The Litigation Practice Group is also joined by Farzeen Essa. Essa joins Procopio from Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP, where she litigated class action securities, consumer fraud and antitrust and shareholder derivative actions. Her practice encompasses all aspects of business litigation. Essa received her bachelor of science, cum laude, in Business Administration/MIS from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and her juris doctor, magna cum laude, from California Western School of Law. She is a Founding Board Member of Girl's Think Tank, a non-profit agency that recruits professional women to serve and supports various activities and opportunities for young women in San Diego.

Yandie Alvin Fashu-Kanu joins Procopio’s Intellectual Property Practice Group from the Silicon Valley office of Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman where he prepared and prosecuted patent applications, mainly in the electrical, software and mechanical arts. Fashu-Kanu received his bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, his master of science in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and his juris doctor from Franklin Pierce Law Center. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The Tax Practice Group has added DeEtte Loeffler. Most recently with Newham, Fitzpatrick, Weston & Brennan, LLP, Loeffler’s practice emphasizes trusts and estate planning. She received her bachelor of arts in English from the University of Washington in Seattle, her juris doctor, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law and her LL.M. in Taxation, summa cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law. Currently she is a Major in the Judge Advocate General Corps, serving as a Director of Legal Service for the U.S. Army Reserves.

Matthew Short joins Procopio from Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP. A member of Procopio’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group, his practice focuses on representing public and privately – held companies in corporate mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, securities, executive compensation, and tax planning matters. He received his bachelor of arts in English from the University of Arizona, his juris doctor from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College and his LL.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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.