Atlanta, Georgia 30309
is a partner in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Pope’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including securities, shareholder, and professional liability litigation.
Mr. Pope has represented clients in class actions and shareholder derivative litigation involving the federal and state securities laws, directors’ and officers’ fiduciary duties, and other matters of corporate governance. He has also represented corporations and directors and officers in internal and government investigations and related litigation. Mr. Pope has extensive experience in litigation unrelated to shareholder matters, including professional liability.
Mr. Pope has been recognized by The Legal 500 as a recommended securities litigator. The Legal 500 describes Mr. Pope as “responsive and easy to talk to” and commends him for his “knowledge in the area and good judgment.” He has also been named a Georgia Super Lawyer.
Representative Matters Include
Defended Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings in various 10b-5 securities class actions, obtaining dismissal of all claims.
Defended Commscope and its officers in 10b-5 litigation, obtaining dismissal of all claims.
Represented Eclipsys Corporation and its directors in shareholder class actions challenging the $1.3 billion merger of Eclipsys and Allscripts; obtained a full dismissal with prejudice.
Defended Caremark Rx, Inc. and its directors and officers in class action and shareholder derivative litigation involving the Company’s $26 billion merger with CVS Corporation.
Defended American Tower and its directors and officers in various 10b-5 securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits related to stock options accounting.
Defending America Service Group in 10b-5 securities class actions and derivative actions arising out of a financial restatement.
Defended America Service Group in M&A litigation; obtained dismissal of all claims.
Represented Cellu Tissue Holdings and its directors in connection with shareholder litigation challenging the merger of Cellu Tissue and Clearwater Paper Corporation.
Represented BlueKnight Energy Partners and its officers in securities class action and separate breach of fiduciary duty action.
Defended Georgia-Pacific Corporation against shareholder litigation challenging its merger with Koch Industries.
Advised multiple board committees of public companies regarding various internal investigations.
Defense of public company in SEC investigation.
Defended private equity portfolio companies in RICO action.
Representing Aon Corporation in various litigation alleging breaches of professional duty by insurance brokers.
Recognition and Other Notables
The Legal 500 recommended securities litigator
2010-2013 Georgia Super Lawyer
Emory School of Law, Kessler-Edison Program for Trial Techniques Instructor
Recent Speaking Engagements
Public Company Directors and Officers Liability Insurance 2014 Litigation, Regulatory, and D&O Market Update, Panelist, Atlanta RIMS Meeting, January 23, 2014
“Negotiated Corporate Acquisitions: Litigation Related To Public Company M&A Transactions”; ICLE Seminar, February 22, 2012; March 2, 2011
“The SEC Ramps Up Enforcement,” February 18, 2010 e-Learn Program
|Areas of Practice||1) Shareholder and Securities Litigation , 2) Mergers & Acquisitions , 3) Financial Institutions: Litigation , 4) Professional Liability Litigation , 5) Government Investigations and 6) Securities Enforcement and Regulation|
|Law School||J.D., magna cum laude, University of Georgia|
|Education||A.B., magna cum laude, University of Georgia|
|Bar Member / Association||State bar of Georgia|
|Most recent firm||King & Spalding LLP|
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