From 1974 to 1980, Bob Pope was a trial attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service.

Mr. Pope focuses on tax procedures and processes of both the Internal Revenue Service and the Tennessee Department of Revenue, with an emphasis on litigation. He works closely with accounting firms, certified public accountants, and tax lawyers to define procedures and processes not routinely encountered by those professionals. Mr. Pope defines realistic legal and practical solutions, including the choices and timing of workouts and bankruptcy, for businesses facing financial problems.

Mr. Pope is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. He currently serves as a Regent of the College. Mr. Pope is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Super Lawyers. The Best Lawyers in America named Mr. Pope as the Best Lawyer in Nashville for Tax Controversy and Litigation for 2016 and 2018.

Mr. Pope currently serves on the organizing committee of the Tennessee Federal Tax Conference. He is a Trustee of the Tennessee Federal Tax Institute and has served three terms as its President. Mr. Pope has served as a director of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute and as its treasurer. He has served on the Southeast Region Bar IRS Liaison Committee since 2002.

He is a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.

Mr. Pope frequently lectures on federal tax procedures and processes, and tax matters in bankruptcy, including The NYU Institute on Federal Taxation, The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, The Tennessee Bar Association, The Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisers, The Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, The Chattanooga Tax Practitioners’ Club, The Southern Federal Tax Institute, The Tennessee Federal Tax Institute, The Tennessee Federal Tax Conference, IRS National Tax Forums, The Kentucky Federal Tax Institute, The Wisconsin Bar Association, and the ABA Section on Taxation.

Mr. Pope served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971 (Viet Nam, 1969-1970, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armory [25th Infantry Division] and 8th Field Hospital). He believes this to have been his most complete educational experience (but the firm refused to allow him to place this reference under the “education” heading, below).

Mr. Pope has a lifelong allegiance to the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team, and he makes at least one pilgrimage to Neyland Stadium each fall.

Wm. Robert Pope, Jr.

P: (615) 385-6301

F: (615) 383-5534

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Practice Areas

  • Tax Litigation and Controversy
  • Criminal Tax Investigations
  • Tax Collection
  • Taxation in Bankruptcies
  • Insolvencies and Workouts
  • Business Workouts
  • Bankruptcy and Related Litigation


St. Andrew Presbyterian College (B.A., 1968)

University of Tennessee (J.D., 1974)

Bar Admissions

North Carolina and United States Tax Court, 1974

Tennessee, 1981


American Bar Association –Tax Section, Founding Member and First Chair, Tax Collection Bankruptcy and Workouts Committee