Russ Pope has more than 34 years of litigation experience with a focus on complex banking and consumer financial services cases, particularly class actions. He has represented Fortune 100 institutions as well as local and regional businesses in a variety of commercial and corporate litigation matters, both in the Mid-Atlantic area and in federal courts nationwide.

Before joining Treanor Pope & Hughes in 1992, he helped form the in-house litigation group at Maryland National Bank, where he represented the bank in a range of state and federal cases while also supervising other attorneys in that group.

In the community, Pope serves on the Board of Directors for Justice Ventures International, Inc., a non-profit organization that secures freedom and restoration for victims of human trafficking in India and China.

Civic Activities

  • Justice Ventures International, Inc., Board Chair
  • Local Community Association, Board President

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers Honoree, 2010 - 2019


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  • Obtained precedent-setting reversal in a case that created substantial nationwide loss exposure for mortgage lenders who offered broker compensation through the use of yield spread premiums.
  • Successfully defeated class certification in dozens of federal and state court cases filed around the country.
  • Directed global resolution of serial case filings in a single state that presented litigation, regulatory, and reputational risk to a large financial institution.
  • Negotiated complex tax-driven settlement of hazardous waste litigation while simultaneously managing political and public relations challenges.

Bar admissions

  • 1985, Maryland
  • 1991, District of Columbia

Admitted to practice before:

  • U.S. District Courts (D.C. and Maryland)
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals (Third, Fourth, Sixth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits)
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • J.D., University of Texas
  • B.S., U.S. Naval Academy