Gregory A. Pope

Gregory A. Pope

Williamsville, New York

Gregory Pope began his law practice in the City of Lockport, New York after graduating from law school. He was awarded his law degree from the Houston College of Law in 1979 after attaining his bachelor’s degree from New York State University College at Buffalo in 1976.
In 1979 he started his legal career associated with the Sacca and Sacca law firm until 1983 when he joined as a partner in the Grove, Hogan, Hogan, Douglas and Pope law firm. In 1988, he formed his own law firm, which became known, as Gregory A. Pope and Associates. In 2003 the firm became a professional corporation now known as the Pope Law Firm, PLLC. It provides legal services throughout Western New York’s eight counties, with a majority of its clients located in Erie and Niagara County. The firm handles a wide range of legal areas including: Wills and Trust, Estate Planning and Probate, Elder Law, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Business, Criminal Defense, Family Law/Divorce, Worker’s Compensation, Social Security/Disability and Personal Injury.

With an ever expanding client base of individuals and businesses, the Pope Law Firm, PLLC uses the most sophisticated and advanced legal information systems available while at the same time delivering legal services to its clients on a one-to-one basis, much the same as Mr. Pope did when he started a quarter of a century ago.

Mr. Pope continues to serves as managing attorney to the law firm. He is a member of the following professional and bar associations: American Bar Association, New York Bar Association, Erie County Bar Association, Niagara County Bar Association, Lockport Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the American Judicature Society.

He is a frequent lecturer to business, college and other community organizations on business formation and estate planning including but not limited to DeSales Alumni, various local Knights of Columbus members meetings, Mass Mutual Insurance Agents, New York State Convention of Insurance Agents, and various public Estate Planning Seminars in Erie and Niagara County. He has served as an arbitrator for the courts of New York State and as an Administrative Hearing Officer to the State of New York.

Mr. Pope has served on many Board of Directors in Western New York. He served as Chairman of the following: Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Kenan Center, Niagara County Historical Society and the Greater Lockport Jaycees and presently the Our Lady of Fatima National Shrine. Past Board memberships include the Niagara County Business Association, Boy Scout Exploring Council, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and presently the Cold Spring Cemetery Association. Mr. Pope is a member and a volunteer to many community organizations.

He is married to Susan (Langheier) Pope and they have a daughter Nicole. They live in Williamsville, New York and attend St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.

Areas of Practice

  • Wills and Trusts
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Elder Law
  • Real Estate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law/Divorce
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Social Security/Disability
  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1981
  • Florida, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, 1981
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1988


  • University of Houston College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1979
  • State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
    • B.A. - 1976
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Clients

  • Lockport Savings Bank
  • Town of Cambria Housing Authority

Honors and Awards

  • Cert. of Honor, South Texas College of Law Student Bar Association
  • Cert. of Honor, Services Rendered to Niagara Falls High School
  • United Way Volunteer Award
  • Cert. of Appreciation, Services Rendered to Juvenile Justice Program

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • Erie County Bar Association, Member
  • Niagara County Bar Association, Member
  • Lockport Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice
  • Lockport-Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce, BSA, Lewiston Trail, 1988 - 1989
  • Niagara Falls Laws & Youth Program, 1979 - 1980
  • Lockport Bar Association Legal Explorers, 1980 - 1984
  • Greater Lockport Jaycees, Incorporated, 1983 - 1989
  • Niagara County Historical Society, Incorporated, 1989
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Incorporated, 1986 - 1987
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • American Judicature Society, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Grove, Hogan, Hogan, Douglas and Pope, Attorney, 1983 - 1988
  • Sacca and Sacca, Attorney, 1979 - 1983
  • Town of Cambria Housing Authority, General Counsel, 1983 - 1997
  • Niagara County Dept of Social Services, Assistant Attorney, 1983 - 1990
  • Cold Spring Cemetery Association, Inc., General Counsel/Finance Chair, 2003-Present
  • Lockport Cares, Inc. (Homeless Shelter NY NFP), General Counsel, 2007-present
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