Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that Grant Puleo has joined the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and Dawn Hall Cunneen has joined the Wealth Planning Practice Group, both in the firm’s San Diego office. Puleo’s addition further enhances the firm’s Real Estate capabilities in both San Diego and nationally, and Cunneen’s addition expands the firm’s national Wealth Planning Practice to the West Coast. Both Puleo and Cunneen join Duane Morris from Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP.

Puleo focuses his practice on a wide variety of real estate, finance joint venture and business transactions. He has extensive experience in a broad array of commercial and multi-family residential and student housing real estate transactions, including acquisitions, development, syndication, dispositions and specialized leasing and financing of all product types throughout California and the United States. Puleo’s finance experience includes both borrower and lender representation in the initiation and workout of complicated debt and equity transactions, such as acquisition and construction financing, mezzanine financing and synthetic leasing transactions. He also represents clients in business matters involving the transfer of business assets and the formation and restructuring of business entities.

Puleo is an Adjunct Professor of Law at California Western School of Law, where he lectures on real estate transactions. He is a member of the Facilities and Finance Committee of BIOCOM and serves as Pro Bono Legal Counsel for the Convivio Center and Rescued Cards.

Puleo earned his J.D. in 1995 from the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was the Notes Editor for the International Law Journal. He earned his B.A. in Political Science in 1990 from San Diego State University.

Dawn Hall Cunneen focuses her practice in both estate planning and administration as well as trust and estate litigation. She represents both fiduciaries and individuals in litigated trust and estate matters. Cunneen has significant experience in complex fiduciary accountings, complex family dynamics, and in managing and administering significant real estate holdings.

Prior to practicing law, Cunneen was an Adjunct Professor at Bethel University in Minnesota, where she taught philosophy and ethics. Cunneen served a three year term on the board of directors of the Bar Association of Northern San Diego County, served on its Local Rules of Court Advisory Committee, served as chair of its Civil Litigation Section and as co-chair of its Trust and Estates Section. Cunneen has been involved in a number of philanthropic causes including having served as a board member for the Tri-City Hospital Foundation. Cunneen regularly writes and speaks on trusts and estates issues.

Cunneen earned her J.D. in 1991 from California Western School of Law. She earned her B.A., cum laude, in 1986 from Bethel College.



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