Gary T. Pope, Jr.

Gary T. Pope, Jr.

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Background

A native of Newberry, South Carolina, Gary T. Pope, Jr. is a 2005 graduate of the University of the South and a 2009 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and the Moore School of Business. Having been admitted to practice in 2009, Gary concentrates in public finance.

Gary’s practice primarily involves representing public entities in South Carolina as bond counsel or disclosure counsel, and in other matters related to public finance. He regularly advises counties, municipalities, special purpose districts, as well as the State of South Carolina and many of its public universities and agencies in connection with their debt offerings and public-private partnerships.

His practice also encompasses advice and counsel to public entities on the constitutional and statutory constraints on governmental powers, the Freedom of Information Act, and economic development incentives, as well as legal issues that frequently precede or accompany debt offerings, including drafting intergovernmental agreements, water purchase and sale contracts, bond referenda proceedings, and official statements and other disclosure documents. Gary has significant experience providing technical assistance to clients developing and reviewing legislation related to public finance.

Recent engagements include serving as bond counsel to public universities in the financing of their academic, research, student housing, and athletic facilities; advising a large South Carolina county on its successful capital project sales tax referendum to raise approximately $150 million for a new county courthouse and approximately $65 million for a new joint county seat-county administration complex; advising on referendum proceedings and serving as bond counsel to a special purpose district responding to hurricane damage; advising numerous political subdivisions regarding their power to impose fees and charges; serving as bond counsel to a large South Carolina county in the financing of critical sewer infrastructure to facilitate economic development; and participating in the most recent Supreme Court of South Carolina case involving tax increment finance and the transaction that followed the unsuccessful challenge to the plan of finance.

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