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Dana Rachel Bessenecker

Dana Rachel Bessenecker

also known as Dana R. Bessenecker

Practice areas:

Real Estate, Entertainment

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About Me

Ms. Bessenecker is a commercial real estate attorney focused on a variety of real estate transactions, particularly real property purchase and sale, commercial leasing, easements and licenses, financing and related business matters. Ms. Bessenecker’s clients have included owners and developers of shopping centers, commercial and industrial office buildings and residential subdivisions, commercial tenants, property managers, real estate investment companies and banking institutions. In addition, Ms. Bessenecker is developing a music law practice, drafting and negotiating licensing agreements and other contracts and working in conjunction with Procopio's copyright attorneys.

During her first two years in practice, Ms. Bessenecker clerked for the Honorable Louisa S. Porter, Presiding Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Southern District of California. After her clerkship, she was an associate for almost two years at Hecht, Solberg, Robinson & Goldberg LLP, and for over three years at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. In 2003, Ms. Bessenecker took a sabbatical from her law practice to sail around the Pacific on a 35-foot wood ketch with her husband Chris. After over two years abroad, Ms. Bessenecker returned to San Diego and joined Procopio.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Real Estate: 90%
  2. Entertainment: 10%



Hourly ($465/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

525 B St Ste 2200
San Diego, CA, 92101




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated (5.0 out of 5)Martindale-Hubbell2012
Southern California's Top Rated LawyersALM (Publisher of The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, The National Law Journal, The Recorder,, etc.)2012
Outstanding Service AwardLegal Aid Society of San Diego2002
The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesState Bar of California2002

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior CounselProcopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP2005 - Present
Associate AttorneySheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton1999 - 2002
Associate AttorneyHecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley, LLP1998 - 1999
Law Clerk to Hon. Louisa PorterU.S. District Court (S.D.CA)1995 - 1997


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)MemberN/A
San Diego Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Louis M. Welsh American Inn of CourtBarristerN/A
San Diego Association of RealtorsMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate LawMemberN/A
Copley Family YMCABoard MemberN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law JournalJournal Member1995


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Univ of California IrvinePsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
NBC "Ask A Lawyer"Real Estate Q&AN/A