San Diego Business Journal

A total of 51 Procopio attorneys representing 35 areas of law in four metropolitan areas have been recognized for excellence by Best Lawyers in America on its 2021 list of top attorneys. The majority of the group is from San Diego.

A record 41 Procopio attorneys were named Best Lawyers in America, with two also receiving the prestigious Best Lawyers in America 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” accolades. In addition, 10 additional Procopio attorneys were named to the debut list of Best Lawyers Ones to Watch, a new category recognizing attorneys who are earlier in their careers, typically having only practiced law for five to nine years.

The lawyers are profiled in this video.

The Best Lawyers in America lists are compiled annually through exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers provide confidential nominations and feedback. Only about 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States are recognized in the 2021 edition, according to Best Lawyers.

Two Procopio partners were honored by their peers with “Lawyer of the Year” awards, a designation given to only a small percentage of Best Lawyers recipients. Partner Wendy L. Tucker of San Diego was recognized for her practice of Employment Law, and Of Counsel Glenn M. Feldman of Arizona was recognized for his practice of Native American Law. Feldman has won multiple “Lawyer of the Year” honors from Best Lawyers in America for both Native American Law and Gaming Law.

This year’s 41 Procopio Best Lawyers in America are based in four metropolitan areas: San Diego, Orange County, Las Vegas and Phoenix. They were recognized for their legal expertise and accomplishments in nearly three dozen practice areas:

• Managing Partner John D. Alessio: Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Intellectual Property and Litigation-Real Estate (San Diego)

• Partner Richard D. Barton: Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants (San Diego)

• Of Counsel and M&A and Strategic Joint Ventures Group Co-Leader David C. Boatwright: Tax Law (San Diego)

• Partner and Family Law Practice Group Leader Michele B. Brown: Family Law (San Diego)

• Partner and General Counsel Carole J. Buckner: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law (San Diego)

• Partner Paul E. Burns: Copyright Law, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, and Patent Law (Arizona)

• Partner Lance Coburn: Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, and Construction Law (Las Vegas)

• Partner Anthony J. Dain: Appellate Practice and Litigation-Patent (San Diego)

• Partner Susan L. Daly: Real Estate Law (San Diego)

• Partner William W. Eigner: Mergers and Acquisitions Law (San Diego)

• Of Counsel Glenn M. Feldman: Gaming Law and Native American Law (Arizona)

• Senior Counsel Jeffery Garofalo: Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, and Construction Law (Las Vegas)

• Partner Kendra J. Hall: Appellate Practice (San Diego)

• Partner and Latin America-U.S. Cross-Border Group Leader Enrique Hernandez-Pulido: Tax Law (San Diego)

• Partner Lionel P. Hernholm, Jr.: Family Law (San Diego)

• Partner J. Christopher Jaczko: Litigation-Intellectual Property and Litigation-Patent (San Diego)

• Partner Gerald P. Kennedy: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, and Insolvency and Reorganization Law (San Diego)

• Partner and Labor and Employment Law Group Leader Marie Burke Kenny, Employment Law-Management and Litigation-Labor Law and Management (San Diego)

• Partner Michael R. Kiesling: Litigation-Real Estate (San Diego)

• Partner Michael J. Kinkelaar: Venture Capital Law (San Diego)

• Of Counsel Phillip L. Kossy: Employment Law-Management and Litigation-Labor and Employment (San Diego)

• Partner and Education and Charter Schools Group Co-Leader John C. Lemmo: Environmental Law (San Diego)

• Partner Robert A. Levy: Employment Law-Management and Labor Law-Management (San Diego)

• Partner Michael E. Lyon: Real Estate Law (San Diego)

• Partner, Aviation and Marine Group Leader and Licensing Group Co-Leader Eli W. Mansour: Equipment Finance Law (San Diego)

• Partner and Health Care Group Leader Robert G. Marasco: Criminal Defense: White-Collar (San Diego)

• Partner and International Tax Group Leader Patrick W. Martin: Tax Law (San Diego)

• Partner S. Todd Neal: Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs (San Diego)

• Partner and Native American Law Group Leader Kerry K. Patterson: Native American Law (San Diego)

• Partner Laurence R. Phillips: Litigation-Construction (San Diego)

• Partner and Construction Law Group Leader Craig A. Ramseyer: Construction Law and Litigation-Construction (San Diego)

• Partner George “Jody” L. Root, Jr.: Health Care Law (San Diego)

• Partner Mary A. Salamone: Litigation-Construction (Orange County)

• Partner Timothy E. Salter: Construction Law (San Diego)

• Partner Craig P. Sapin: Real Estate Law (San Diego)

• Partner and Real Estate Practice Group Leader Jeff Stoke: Real Estate Law (San Diego)

• Partner and Tax Team Leader Eric D. Swenson: Litigation & Controversy: Tax (San Diego)

• Partner Wendy L. Tucker: Employment Law-Individuals and Labor Law-Management (San Diego)

• Partner Paul A. Tyrell: Commercial Litigation (San Diego)

• Partner and Litigation Team Leader Edward C. Walton: Admiralty and Maritime Law (San Diego)

• Partner David M. Zachry: Family Law (San Diego)

In addition, 10 Procopio attorneys were named to the first-ever Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch list for 2021, all for San Diego:

• Senior Associate Brook Taylor Barnes: Litigation-Labor and Employment

• Associate Mark W. Catanese: Intellectual Property Law and Patent Law

• Senior Associate Rosie Kim: Intellectual Property Law

• Associate John Y. Lee: Real Estate Law

• Associate Soohyun “Stacy” Park: Litigation-Patent

• Senior Associate Eric A. Plourde: Commercial Litigation

• Senior Associate Alexandra “Sasha” Selfridge: Insurance Law

• Associate Sarah L. Taylor: Family Law

• Partner Raúl Villarreal Garza: Trusts and Estates

• Senior Associate Michelle J. Wells: Litigation-Construction

Procopio attorneys and practice groups are routinely named to various legal rankings lists, including Chambers and Partners, Martindale-Hubbell, and Super Lawyers. The firm is ranked as the largest San Diego-based law firm by the San Diego Business Journal. Procopio is also ranked by American Lawyer among the top AmLaw 200 law firms for diversity and by Law360 as a Best Law Firm for Minority Attorneys.