“We are thrilled to welcome these outstanding attorneys to the Procopio family,” said managing partner, Tom Turner. “In these tough economic times, law firm downsizing is becoming more and more common. Procopio is proud to be the exception as we continue to add extraordinarily talented attorneys to key practice areas.”
Steven A. Jaye joins Procopio after 13 years as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Sunrise Medical in San Diego. Prior to his position with Sunrise, Mr. Jaye served as Vice President of Legal Affairs for Magma Power Company, a publicly traded geothermal energy company, and spent 7 years as a business attorney in the Los Angeles and San Diego offices of Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, health care and alternative energy projects. Mr. Jaye received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 1979 and received his law degree from the University of Southern California Law School in 1984.
"I had the distinct pleasure of working with Steven when Sunrise Medical was a client of the firm,” said Craig Sapin, a partner at Procopio. “He is an outstanding attorney with a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience that will prove invaluable to our alternative energy and health care clients."
Prior to joining Procopio, John P. Cleary was an associate with Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP and served as in-house counsel for a Kansas-based publicly traded company. Mr. Cleary’s practice focuses on securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC reporting and compliance. He received his B.A. in English Literature, magna cum laude, from the University of Kansas in 1991 and his J.D. from the University of Missouri in 1994. Mr. Cleary currently serves on the Board of Directors of the McAlister Institute and is a member of the Southern California Compliance Group, which advises securities broker-dealers and 1940 Act Investment Advisors.
Vessela V. Stoyanova comes to Procopio from the San Francisco office of Nixon Peabody. Ms. Stoyanova’s practice focuses on finance and corporate matters. She has experience representing state and local agencies, investment banks, letter of credit and liquidity banks, private companies, and nonprofit corporations in a range of tax-exempt municipal financings and private placements. Ms. Stoyanova has drafted and reviewed purchase contracts, indentures, loan agreements, reimbursement agreements, standby bond purchase agreements, credit agreements, resolutions, and offering memoranda. She received a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University in 2002 and received her law degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 2005.
"Steven, John and Vessela are fantastic additions to our team,” said John O’Neill, leader of Procopio’s Business & Technology Team. “Each possesses exceptional legal skills and their individual backgrounds are the perfect combination to add depth and strength to our corporate practice."