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David F. Pope

Tampa 501 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1700 Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 222-3349 (813) 222-3066

Quick Look

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


  • Collision Law and Practice, SEALI Seminar, Amelia Island, FL 2018
  • “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


  • “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 Representativ