BRYAN T. POPE
Direct Dial: 214.979.7450
Mr. Pope is a veteran attorney with 28 years of experience. His specialty is helping clients resolve disputes to their satisfaction quickly and at a reasonable price. Mr. Pope is Board Certified in both Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; and has an AV rating from Martindale Hubble, which is the highest rating bestowed upon attorneys, when he was evaluated for his legal abilities and compliance with ethical standards. Mr. Pope has also been named a Texas Super Lawyer for each of the last six years.
Mr. Pope has extensive experience in representing companies who have been sued in both personal injury and business disputes. He has served as counsel for numerous companies involved in the amusement and leisure industry for the last 28 years and was recently elected President of the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association.
He has worked with numerous clients and their insurance carriers in professional liability cases and has represented architects and engineers in both personal injury and construction defect cases.
In addition to being an experienced attorney, Mr. Pope is also a qualified mediator and has mediated over 100 cases. He is currently performing mediations in Rockwall and Dallas Counties.
Mr. Pope has experience in handling:
- Amusement Park/Recreational Activity litigation
- Suits involving the Hospitality industry
- Liability suits (Premises, Professional, Products, Trucking/Motor Vehicle)
- Construction litigation
- Breach of Contract Claims/Business litigation
- Declaratory Judgments/ Injunctive Relief/ Bad Faith suits
- Employment law claims/ADA Compliance
- Serving as a Mediator
He has tried more than 50 cases in his career. A sampling of Mr. Pope's successful representation of his clients is as follows:
- Cox v. Six Flags: As lead counsel for Six Flags in a six week trial, Mr. Pope obtained a defense verdict for his client who was being sued with allegations that they were both negligent and in violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act with regard to its operation of a wooden roller coaster.
- Teakell v. Six Flags: Mr. Pope obtained a directed verdict in favor of his client in a suit that was brought by four members of the Teakell family claiming personal injuries resulting from the collapse of a swing ride at Six Flags Over Texas. Mr. Pope was also able to obtain recovery of his client's litigation costs from the manufacturer of the ride.
- Thormahlen v. Festival Fun Parks: Mr. Pope represented Dallas Speedzone in a case in which it was alleged that the plaintiff was injured due to improper operating procedures of the go-kart track at Dallas Speedzone. Mr. Pope was able to convince a Dallas County jury that 100% of the fault for the accident lay upon the co-defendant driver who ran into the plaintiff's go-kart and Speedzone was not responsible for this accident.
- Pena v. Festival Fun Parks: In this go-kart case Mr. Pope was able to convince a San Antonio jury that Ms. Pena's accident was caused by her own fault and that the San Antonio Castle was not negligent or otherwise responsible for her injuries when she alleged that her brakes failed as she came into the pit area.
- Lenard v. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor: In this water slide case Mr. Pope was able to convince a Tarrant County jury that the plaintiff's injury to his foot was solely the responsibility of the plaintiff's failure to abide by the posted ride instructions and his client, Hurricane Harbor was not responsible for this accident.
- Southern Junction, Inc. v. CRJ Properties, LP: Mr. Pope was able to obtain a Temporary Restraining Order and later, a Temporary Injunction to prevent his client, which was a long time country and western bar, from being evicted from its currently leasehold once the new landlord claimed the tenant's lease had expired. Mr. Pope was eventually able to get this case resolved on favorable terms to his client such that they could remain in these premises and continue to operate as they had for the previous 20 years.
- Snow v. Culpepper Cattle Company: In this ADA case Mr. Pope was able to resolve the case quickly and on favorable terms with regard to plaintiff's complaints that the restaurant in question was not ADA compliant.
- Vernick v. Granite Construction Company: In this case plaintiff claimed that she lost control of her car when she hit a puddle of water which was allegedly caused by a clogged drain from a construction project. Mr. Pope was able to convince a Tarrant County jury that his client was not responsible for the accident.
- Howe v. Denny's Restaurant: In this Federal Court case the plaintiff claimed that she was injured when a light fixture fell and hit her on the head while she was in a Denny's restaurant. Mr. Pope was able to convince a jury that this incident was not due to the fault of Denny's.
- Duncan v. Baker's Ribs: In this products liability case Mr. Pope's client was sued by multiple claimants claiming that he improperly manufactured barbeque pits for their commercial restaurants. Mr. Pope was able to convince a jury the problems with the pits were due to care and maintenance provided to them by the purchasers and his client was exonerated in this case.
- J.D. Texas Tech School of Law, 1983. Mr. Pope was a member of the Board of Barristers where he served as Vice Chairman of Trial Advocacy. Recipient of Mock Trial Scholarship Award. Member Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity.
- B.B.A. in Accounting, Texas Tech University, 1980. Member of Dean's List. Member Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
- Certification: Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
- Named as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubble.
- Bar Involvement: Member State Bar of Texas: Litigation Section; Dallas Bar Association, Tarrant County Bar Association; Former Director of Rockwall County Bar Association.
- Mediator Training: Completed American Academy of Attorney-Mediator Course in 1999. Fully qualified as a mediator as required by §154 of Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code.
- Courts Admitted: Besides being a member of the State Bar of Texas, Mr. Pope has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; United States District Court for the Western District of Texas; United States Court of Appeals (Fifth Circuit); and the United States Supreme Court.
- Honorary Affiliation: Former Associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
- Industry Recognition: 2011 - Presented with the Al Kish ATTAWAY! Award by the Roller Skating Association for exemplary and innovative accomplishments in the industry.
Speeches and Presentations:
- January 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010 - Spoke at the AIMS (Amusement Industry Manufacturers & Suppliers) Safety Seminar on Depositions, Documents and Forms and participated in a mock trial.
- September 2001, March 2002, June 2003, June 2006 - Presentation to the Architect/Engineer Liability and Practice in Texas Seminar on Professional Liability: A Primer for Design Professionals.
- October 2001 - Presentation on Construction Management Design Build in Texas.
- May 2002, May 2003 - Spoke at the Roller Skating Association National Convention on the RSA Risk Management Program regarding Premises Liability at Roller Skating Rinks and participated in a mock trial in 2003. Also spoke at several Section 5 RSA Meetings.
- November 2006, 2007 - Spoke at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions on emerging industry issues.
- November 2007 - Spoke at the World Water Park Association on Emergency Response Plans and liability issues surrounding the use of Automated External Defibrillators.
- April 2010 - Spoke at the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas on Negligent Security Cases Against Homebuilders.
- October 2010 - Spoke at World Water Park Association on issues presented to employers by Social Networking sites.
- January 2011 and 2012 - Spoke at the Jeff Ellis National Aquatic Safety School on social networking issues (Face to Face with your Employees - Facebook and Beyond); and also presented a course on Depositions and Document Preparation.
- January 2011 and 2012 - Spoke at the Six Flags Safety and Security Counter-Part Meeting on various industry issues.
- June 2011 - Spoke at BPAA Bowl Expo on risk management issues facing bowling centers.