Mr. Pope has extensive experience in representing both entities and individuals in matters involving real estate and construction opportunities and issues. He advises clients involved in the acquisition, financing, leasing, and sale of real estate; and the construction of improvements. Mr. Pope also has extensive experience in guiding clients through the maze of governmental approval, zoning, and subdivision issues that surround the development and use of real estate. He also is experienced in the areas of tax-deferred exchanges; conservation easements; construction contracts, disputes, and liens; timber and logging; agricultural issues; and wetlands issues. Mr. Pope has made numerous presentations as a continuing legal education program lecturer for the North Carolina Bar Association. He has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his respective fields of law. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as research assistant to Associate Justice (later Chief Justice) Susie Sharp, North Carolina Supreme Court.