Gregory A. Pope

Gregory A. Pope

Founder
Location:
Williamsville, New York
Phone:
716-634-3320
Fax:
716-204-2770
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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 South Texas College of Law Houston 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 thirty nine years 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, and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

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's of non profit corporations in Western New York. He has also served as the Chairman of the following: Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Kenan Center, Niagara County Historical Society, Greater Lockport Jaycees and Our Lady of Fatima National Shrine. Past Board directorships include the Niagara County Business Association, Boy Scout Exploring Council, as well as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. 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

Education

  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 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
  • First Niagara Bank (now known as Northwest)
  • M&T Bank
  • Cold Spring Cemetery Association Inc.
  • Lockport Cares Inc.

Classes/Seminars

  • Business Formation and Estate Planning, DeSales Alumni
  • Business Formation and Estate Planning, Knights of Columbus Members Meetings
  • Business Formation and Estate Planning, Mass Mutual Insurance Agents
  • Business Formation and Estate Planning, New York State Convention of Insurance Agents
  • Estate Planning Seminars, Erie and Niagara County, Business Formation and Estate Planning

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 Bar Association Legal Explorers
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Judicature Society

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
  • State of New York, Administrative Hearing Officer
  • Courts of New York, Arbitrator

Pro Bono Activities

  • Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Chairman
  • Kenan Center, Chairman
  • Niagara County Historical Society, Chairman
  • Greater Lockport Jaycees, Chairman
  • Our Lady of Fatima National Shrine, Chairman
  • Niagara County Business Association, Board Director
  • Boy Scout Exploring Council, Board Director
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Board Director
  • Lockport-Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scounts of America Lewiston Trail Council
  • Niagara Falls Laws & Youth Program
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