Legal Ethics Expert Carole Buckner Joins Procopio As Deputy General Counsel
June 1, 2017 (San Diego) – Seasoned lawyer, educator and ethics advisor Carole Buckner has joined Procopio as Deputy General Counsel. Carole will be providing legal guidance to Procopio’s more than 160 attorneys, working out of its downtown San Diego headquarters and reporting to General Counsel and Partner Robert Russell.
“Solid and reliable general counsel support is critical for the success of a growing full-service law firm like Procopio,” said Tom Turner, Procopio’s Managing Partner. “We have been spoiled for many years by having one of the very best in the business in Bob Russell. As Bob nears retirement, we are very fortunate to have someone of Carole’s immense capabilities to transition into the role. Carole is a renowned legal ethics expert with significant experience advising attorneys and law firms in many areas of the law.”
Most recently Dean of the St. Francis School of Law based in Newport Beach, California, Carole has more than fifteen years of legal experience in business litigation and fifteen years as a legal educator. Her legal practice focuses on legal ethics, professional responsibility, and the law of lawyering, including advising lawyers and rendering opinions. Carole is the current Co-Chair of the Orange County Bar Association Professionalism & Ethics Committee, contributing editor of the Ethically Speaking column in O.C. Lawyer Magazine, and served seven years on the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee of the L.A. County Bar Association. Carole also served on the California State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), and currently serves on the Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration for the State Bar of California.
Earlier in her legal career, Carole also spent more than three years as a federal prosecutor handling white collar criminal prosecutions for the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General throughout the Central District of California. She has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law.