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N. DeWayne Pope

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N. DeWayne Pope assists clients in business and commercial litigation matters.

Professional Biography


DeWayne Pope has more than 25 years of experience counseling clients on a variety of litigation matters including contract, employment, tort and intellectual property. He represents businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profits and governmental agencies in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Pope represents clients before federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor (DOL), provides outside general counsel services to businesses, and advises on employment law, contract, trademark and copyright issues. Along with his substantive experience in all phases of litigation, Mr. Pope also advises in mediations and settlement negotiations.

Mr. Pope is an adjunct professor of employment law at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business.

  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal on behalf of a regional beverage distribution company in a lawsuit contending racial discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, and nonpayment of overtime under FLSA.

  • Obtained summary judgment and 11th Circuit affirmance on behalf of a manufacturing company in a Title VII race discrimination lawsuit.

  • Defended five Fair Labor Standard Act cases involving claims to certify nationwide collective actions against a national utilities services company, none of which resulted in such actions; two were conditionally certified for limited groups within Alabama; the cases then settled.

  • Obtained summary judgment and 11th Circuit affirmance against the EEOC in an HIV-related disability discrimination action.

  • Won a jury trial in a disability discrimination action filed against a national banking client.

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (since 2013)
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers in Labor & Employment (2016 – 2020)
  • Adjunct professor – University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business, Employment Law
  • "The Bermuda Triangle of Leave: FMLA, ADA & Workers' Compensation," USI Insurance Lunch & Learn (2017)
  • Guest Lecturer – "Laws Affecting Startups," Idea to IPO MBA Class, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2016)

Education

  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1993
    • Managing Editor – Cumberland Law Review
  • University of South Alabama, B.A., B.S., 1990, cum laude

Admissions

  • Alabama, 1993
  • Georgia, 2005

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