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DAVID F. POPE
Shareholder
Tampa

501 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1700
Tampa, Florida 33602

T (813) 222-3349
F (813) 222-3066

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David F. Pope has experience in cargo claims, maritime injury and death claims, collisions, passenger claims, vessel finance and foreclosure, salvage, vessel documentation, charter disputes, first party coverage defense of underwriters, environmental law, limitation of liability actions, insurance law and state and federal appeals. Mr. Pope is Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law with The Florida Bar.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Banker Lopez Gassler P.A., Tampa, FL
    Shareholder, November 2008 to Present
  • Fowler White Boggs Banker P.A., Tampa, FL
    Attorney, November 2004 to October 2008
  • Lau, Lane, Pieper, Conley & McCreadie, P.A., Tampa, FL
    Partner, July 1992 to October 2004
  • Macfarlane, Ferguson, Allison & Kelley, Tampa, FL
    Partner, November 1973 to June 1992
  • U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Engineer U.S. Flag Merchant Vessels. This included summers while attending law school, 1967 to 1973
  •  U.S. Navy Commander, (retired)
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL
    Adjunct Professor, 2011 to Present

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

  Presentations
  • "The Jones Act and Homeland Security," SNAME, Tampa, FL, 2002
  • "Collisions," The Florida Bar, Admiralty Seminar, Orlando, FL, 1996
  • "Seaman Status," The Florida Bar, Admiralty Seminar, Orlando, FL, 1995
  • "Settlement in Admiralty Cases," The Florida Bar, Admiralty Seminar, Tampa, FL, 1994
  • "Pitfalls of a Multi-Party Settlement," SEALI Convention, Savannah, GA, 1994
   Publications
  • "Collision," Maritime Law and Practice, Author, 5th Edition, The Florida Bar, 2017
  • "Collision," Maritime Law and Practice, Author, 4th Edition, The Florida Bar, 2004

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • The Florida Bar
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA)
  • The Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME)
  • The Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • Benefits Review Board, U.S. Department of Labor

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Church Vestry: Counsel
  • Tampa Propeller Club: Director
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: Local Admissions Representative
PRACTICE AREAS
  • Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Property Damage Litigation
EDUCATION
  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1973
  • B.S., United States Merchant Marine Academy, 1967
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Florida
COURT ADMISSIONS
  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
DISTINCTIONS
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law, The Florida Bar 
  • Who's Who Legal, Florida 2008; listed as a leading Shipping & Maritime lawyer
  • The Best Lawyers® in America, 2010-2014, 2016-2018
  • Best Lawyers® - Lawyer of the Year 2011, 2018, Maritime Law
  • Florida Super Lawyers®, 2016-2017