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Warren Pope

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King & Spalding LLP


Warren Pope is a partner in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Pope’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including securities, shareholder, and professional liability litigation. Mr. Pope has represented clients in class actions and shareholder derivative litigation involving the federal and state securities laws, directors’ and officers’ fiduciary duties, and other matters of corporate governance. He has also represented corporations and directors and officers in internal and government investigations and related litigation. Mr. Pope has extensive experience in litigation unrelated to shareholder matters, including professional liability.


J.D., magna cum laude, University of Georgia A.B., magna cum laude, University of Georgia.

United States: Dispute resolution

M&A litigation: defense

Within: M&A litigation: defense

King & Spalding LLP has 'a very strong litigation team with good communicators who have successfully dealt with high-visibility matters'. The practice is led by Michael Smith in Atlanta, who represented  SCANA Corporation in cases arising from its proposed $14.6bn merger with Dominion Energy, and Paul Bessette in Austin. Atlanta-based Warren Pope, who handled a high-profile case for Triangle Capital Corporation, is also recommended. In New York, Richard Marooney is a partner in the trial and global disputes practice and clients note that he 'stands out as very knowledgeable, extremely responsive and aggressive on behalf of his clients'. He worked with Israel Dahan and Peter Isajiw, also based in New York, on the defense of Genuine Parts Company following a challenge by private equity firm Sycamore Partners to the $362m merger of its office supply wholesaling business with Essendant.

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Securities litigation - defense

Within: Next generation lawyers

Warren Pope - King & Spalding LLP

Within: Securities litigation - defense

'The securities defense attorneys at this firm are substantially thorough, experienced, ethical and prompt', says a client of King & Spalding LLP, which climbs the ranking this year. 'They have substantial experience with the federal district court judges, where the securities class actions are filed and substantial and significant experience with the mediators who are often proposed by the plaintiffs', notes another. Michael Smith and Jessica Corley in Atlanta, and Paul Bessette and Mike Biles in Austin are all described as 'extremely experienced in securities class actions and 100% ethical'. Smith and Warren Pope are currently representing Equifax Inc in a putative class action consolidated in Georgia arising from a large-scale cybersecurity incident announced in 2017, which challenges public statements about the company made about efforts to protect consumer information and compliance with data protection laws. Pope also secured the dismissal of a $400m claim against Aaron’s, Inc following a 30% fall in its stock price. Israel Dahan in New York is also recommended.

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