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Gary T. Pope Jr. and C.D. Rhodes selected by South Carolina Super Lawyers for 2022 “Rising Stars”

Gary T. Pope Jr. and C.D. Rhodes, attorneys concentrating in public finance and government law with Pope Flynn, have been named to the “Rising Stars” list in Government Law for the 2022 edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers®. “Rising Stars” listings are reserved for those attorneys under age 40 or who have been in practice for ten years or less. Super Lawyers receives nominations that are evaluated by independent third-party research across 12 key categories, including experience, transactions, representative clients, honors and awards, pro bono and community service, and bar and professional activity, among others. A Blue Ribbon Panel of peer attorneys listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers® then further evaluates the nominees, and selects 2.5% of attorneys for the “Rising Stars” list. Pope, named a member of the firm in 2016, has been included in the “Rising Stars” list by Super Lawyers since 2018.

Pope has built a practice in the field of public finance, serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and issuer’s counsel for public entities issuing municipal bonds. He regularly advises counties, cities, and special purpose districts, as well as state agencies and universities in connection with their debt offerings and public-private partnerships. Pope, a 2014 graduate of Leadership Columbia, was elected president of South Carolina’s John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court for 2022 — 2023 and has served on the Inn of Court’s executive committee since 2014.

Rhodes, named a member of the firm in 2020, is building his practice in the field of public finance and governmental law, serving as bond counsel and providing advice and counsel to counties, municipalities, and special purpose districts with significant experience in economic development and utility matters. Rhodes serves on the Advisory Council of the Historic Columbia Foundation, for which he recently served as chair, and is a 2014 graduate of The South Carolina Economic Development Institute and a 2017 graduate of Leadership Columbia.

Pope received both his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his International MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in 2009; he received his BA in political science from The University of the South. Rhodes received his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina, as well as a BA in Historic Preservation and Community Planning from the College of Charleston.

“We are very thankful for Gary’s and C.D.’s recognition by Super Lawyers,” said Joe Lucas, managing member of Pope Flynn. “We are fortunate that the newer members of the firm are recognized not only by their peers but by our clients as valuable partners in the complexities of funding the vital infrastructure needs of South Carolina.”

Pope Flynn, founded in 2008 and concentrating in public finance and government law, has grown from three attorneys in Columbia SC to eleven attorneys, with additional offices in Charleston, Spartanburg, and Charlotte, NC.

With offices in Columbia, SC, Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC, and Spartanburg, SC, Pope Flynn focuses in public finance and governmental counsel and represents cities and towns, counties, special purpose districts, school districts, state institutions, hospitals, colleges and universities, and other public entities, as well as private entities, including banks, underwriters, and nonprofit institutions. Pope Flynn also maintains an active practice focusing in procurement, construction, and design defects to complement the firm’s focus on public finance and the representation of state and local governments. For more information on Pope Flynn, visit or call Joe Lucas at 803-354-4916.

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