Thomas H. Pope III

Managing Member | Shareholder

Tom Pope has tried cases in state and federal courts for over 40 years. He previously served as a member of the SC State Senate from 1984-1992. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and from 2015-2017 he served as Chair of the State Committee.  He is past-President of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and was honored as the Jeter E. Rhodes, Jr. Trial Lawyer of the Year.

Pope’s recent cases include: serious personal injury, products liability, insurance bad faith, consumer class action, legal malpractice, will contests, fiduciary duty litigation, minority shareholder oppression, securities fraud, trucking litigation, condemnation (on behalf of landowners), defamation, and representing attorneys in disciplinary matters.

Pope has been listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers since its inception. He has also taught American Civil Litigation to law students in former Communist countries of eastern Europe to enhance their understanding of fair justice for all, including the ordinary citizen, in civil cases. He has had 2-week stints teaching in law schools in Budapest, Hungary (Eotvos Lorand University); Tirana, Albania (University of Tirana);  Pristina Kosovo (Iliria University); Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine; and, Tbilisi, Georgia (European University).  Most recently, he taught for two weeks at the University of Mandalay, Myanmar (formerly Burma) in August 2019.

In his local community, Pope has served in various capacities with the Newberry County Family YMCA Capital Campaign and as a Board Member of the Newberry Opera House. He served nine years as a member of the Board of Law Examiners of the South Carolina Supreme Court.  He was awarded The Order of the Palmetto by Governor Carrol Campbell in 1991.  The South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates awarded Tom Pope “The Jeter E. Rhodes, Jr. Trial Lawyer of the Year Award” for 2017.

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury

  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Premises Liability
  • Auto & Truck Accidents

General Litigation

Mediation & Arbitration

  • Certified Mediator
  • Served as Arbitrator

Business Litigation

  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Minority Shareholder Oppression
  • Electric cooperative territorial disputes
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Business Disputes

Estate and Fiduciary Litigation & Miscellaneous 

  • Will contests
  • Minority shareholder oppression
  • Defamation
  • Suits against fiduciaries (trustees, personal representatives, attorneys, attorneys-in-fact)