Margaret Pope, Public Finance Attorney with Pope Flynn, Named Best Lawyers® 2019 Public Finance “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbia
March 11, 2019
A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Margaret C. Pope is the founder of Pope Flynn, LLC, and past President of the American College of Bond Counsel.
Margaret Pope regularly serves as bond counsel to the State of South Carolina, its agencies, and counties, many municipalities, special purpose districts, universities, hospitals, commissions and authorities. She has been involved in transactions involving all types of public entities in South Carolina and practically every security and financing structure during the course of her 40 year public finance career.
Mrs. Pope is known for her tenacity and attention to detail in assisting clients to formulate and execute financial strategies. She frequently advises clients on a broad spectrum of public finance matters, including identifying and securing funding sources; working with a broad range of underwriters, trustees and financial advisers; conducting referenda; adopting or proposing statutes; pursuing or defending suits to resolve uncertainties about legal and constitutional provisions; negotiating utility service and other contracts; negotiating development agreements; creating joint action agencies; creating special tax districts; acquiring private and public utility systems; assisting clients in obtaining ratings from rating agencies; and securing and maintaining tax-exempt status of obligations.
She often lectures at continuing education events, both for those in the legal field and for those serving in the public sector. She has served on panels of the Bond Attorneys’ Workshop of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, and is a frequent speaker at the annual conferences of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, the South Carolina Association of Counties, and the Special Purpose District Association.
Mrs. Pope also has decades of experience in developing legislative initiatives and in providing assistance, in a non-lobbying capacity, in drafting legislation and in presenting legislation to the General Assembly for the State of South Carolina.