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

Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • 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.
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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

Education

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