Gary T. Pope Jr, Public Finance Attorney at Pope Flynn, Earns SCEDA Institute Certificate

Gary Pope Jr., Public Finance Attorney with Pope Flynn

Columbia, South Carolina – Gary T. Pope Jr, a public finance attorney with Pope Flynn, a Columbia-headquartered law firm concentrating in public finance and governmental law, has completed a year-long program with the South Carolina Economic Development Institute. The program, developed by the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Economic Developers' Association and offered for more than three decades, offers "a greater 'hands-on' economic development learning experience." Participants attend four two-day sessions held around the state, covering business and industrial development, community development, leadership topics and more.

"I appreciated seeing again just how many different types of organizations and individuals contribute to development around the state," Pope said. "The Institute offers the opportunity to hear first-hand about the priorities and goals of towns, cities, counties, utilities, schools, and other entities and it was a pleasure to meet many new people, all focused on our state's growth and success."

Pope has built a practice in the field of public finance, serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and issuer’s counsel for public entities issuing municipal bonds. He regularly advises counties, cities, and special purpose districts, as well as state agencies and universities in connection with their debt offerings and public-private partnerships. Pope, a 2014 graduate of Leadership Columbia, was elected president of South Carolina's John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court for 2022 -- 2023 and has served on the Inn of Court's executive committee since 2014.

Pope received his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his International MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina; he received his BA in political science from The University of the South.

Pope Flynn, founded in 2008 and concentrating in public finance and government law, has grown from three attorneys in Columbia SC to eleven attorneys, with additional offices in Charleston, Spartanburg, and Charlotte, NC.

With offices in Columbia, SC, Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC, and Spartanburg, SC, Pope Flynn focuses in public finance and governmental counsel and represents cities and towns, counties, special purpose districts, school districts, state institutions, hospitals, colleges and universities, and other public entities, as well as private entities, including banks, underwriters, and nonprofit institutions. Pope Flynn also maintains an active practice focusing in procurement, construction, and design defects to complement the firm’s focus on public finance. For more information on Pope Flynn, visit or call Joe Lucas at 803-354-4916.

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