Neal Pope graduated with a B.A. from Auburn University in 1961 with a major in history and double minors in English and Spanish. Following graduation he served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps in both an active duty and active reserve status until 1968. In October of 1962, Lieutenant Pope participated in the blockade of Cuba, known as the Cuban Missle Crisis, commanding a platoon of Marines aboard the USS Thuben as part of the Landing Force. After returning from active duty in 1963 he pursued a law degree and received a LL.B. from the University of Alabama in 1966. Following his graduation from Law school, Mr. Pope began practicing that same year engaging in the general practice of law with an emphasis on courtroom trials.
During the first 10 years of his practice, more than 100 jury trials were pursued to verdict with Mr. Pope trying them alone or as first chair. A large percentage of those trials involved criminal defendants including a significant number of death penalty cases.
The late 1970s and early 1980s saw the practice evolve into one in which criminal practice was terminated and numerous civil cases were resolved by settlement and verdict. A number of cases resulted in very large jury verdicts. One such case brought a verdict of $50,000,000 in a 1982 wrongful death case. That jury verdict was extraordinary for the time.
From 1966 until 1984 Mr. Pope practiced alone or with one or two partners from time to time. The earliest period was Greene and Pope. Later Pope and Floyd followed by Pope and Hermann and Kellogg until the early 1980s.
In 1984 Max McGlamry, Paul KilPatrick and Tim Morrison joined the partnership, followed later by Bill Norwood. This was the inception of the present day firm which became a professional corporation in 2011.
Currently, Mr. Pope continues to practice actively in the firm.
Mr. Pope is a member of a number of bar associations and trial lawyer associations. In the Federal system, in addition to the United States Supreme Court, he is admitted to practice in many Federal District Courts and in Federal Appellate Courts in several Circuits.
While pursuing his education and chosen career path, Mr. Pope also served the country as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961-1967.