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Thomas H. Pope III

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Managing Member
Newberry, South Carolina

Managing Shareholder Tom Pope graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He served as Officer in Charge of a Swift Boat in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam in 1969-70. He served as a member of the South Carolina Senate from 1984-1992. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and past President of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In addition to serving on the Board of the Newberry Opera House, Pope was also Chairman of the Newberry County Family YMCA Capital Campaign, which tripled the square-footage of the facility at the YMCA in 2008. Pope is the managing shareholder of Pope & Hudgens and is currently a member of the Board of Law Examiners of the South Carolina Supreme Court. His recent cases include serious personal injury, products liability, consumer class action, legal malpractice (plaintiff), will contests, minority shareholder oppression, condemnation, defamation, and representation of attorneys in disciplinary matters.  He has been listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers since its inception.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Personal Injury (Plaintiff)
  • 20% Business Litigation
  • 40% General Litigation (defamation, condemnation, class action, prof negligence)
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Law - Employee

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Mediator, S.C.
  • ADR, S.C.

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1975


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
    • J.D. - 1974
  • University of The South, Sewanee, Tennessee
    • B.A. - 1968
    • Major: Political Science


  • Visiting Professor, American Civil Litigation, Eotvos Lorand Law School, Budapest, Hungary
  • Visiting Professor, American Civil Litigation, University of Tirana Law School, Tirana, Albania
  • Lecturer, Eminent Domain Procedure Act , SC Bar CLE
  • Lecturer, Third-Party Actions Against Attorneys , SC Bar CLE Seminar
  • Lecturer, Pleading and Proof in a Will Contest , SC Bar Mid-Year Seminar Lecture

Honors and Awards

  • SC SuperLawyer, 2008 - 2012
  • Newberry's Best Lawyer (per Newberry Observer), 2007 - 2009
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners, 2006 - 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 1997 - Present
  • American Association of Justice, Member, 1982 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Glenn, Porter & Sullivan, Associate, 1974 - 1977


  • English


  • Kappa Alpha
American College of Trial Lawyers American Board of Trial Advocates
Contact Us

Pope & Hudgens, Attorneys, P.A.
1508 College Street
P.O. Box 190
Newberry, SC 29108

Local: 803-948-9263
Toll Free: 866-401-6720
Fax: 803-276-8684
Newberry Law Office

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Pope & Hudgens, Attorneys, P.A., is located in Newberry, South Carolina, and serves the midlands and upstate areas and beyond, including: Newberry, Winnsboro, Union, Greenville, Lexington, Saluda, Clinton, Spartanburg, Newberry County, Laurens County, Union County, Fairfield County, Richland County, Lexington County and Greenwood County.