Patrick Pope

Patrick Pope

Of Counsel

Patrick Pope focuses his practice on advising clients regarding development of energy infrastructure projects, negotiation of associated commercial contracts, procuring of necessary regulatory approvals and litigation of related contract disputes. He has been involved in the natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) business for portions of four decades.

Prior to joining the firm, Patrick served as Vice President and General Counsel of Southern Natural Gas Company, with primary responsibility for infrastructure development and regulatory matters for over thirty years. Having served during this period as commercial and regulatory counsel for two of the eight operational LNG terminals in the United States, he is a frequent speaker at worldwide LNG conferences, with more than 30 appearances in the last decade on topics ranging from terminal development to gas interchangeability and contract risk management. Since joining the firm, he has become a member of the faculty at international conferences dealing with production sharing contracts and gas balancing arrangements sponsored by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).

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  • Vice President & General Counsel, Southern Natural Gas Company, 1999-2010
    • Handled all legal and regulatory matters affecting interstate natural gas pipeline company and its subsidiaries Southern LNG Inc., Southern Storage Company and Elba Express Company, LLC.
  • Assistant General Counsel,  Southern Natural Gas Company, 1988-1999
    • Handled producer litigation and contract negotiations by interstate pipeline during take-or-pay era, including implementation of GSR cost sharing mechanism that allowed regulated business to remain financially solvent.
  • Vice President & General Counsel, Sonat Marketing Company, 1985-1987
    • Acted as general counsel of start-up marketing company affiliated with Southern Natural, with responsibility for establishment of business practices, creation of contract forms, negotiation of complex transactions and compliance with regulatory guidelines.


  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Energy – Regulatory and Transactions, 2015 and 2017
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Energy Bar Association
  • Director, Birmingham Business Alliance (2009-2010)
  • Director, Birmingham Metropolitan Development Board (2000-2009)
  • Director, International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (1999-2010)
  • President, Alabama Corporate Counsel Association (1988-1990) 


  • J.D., University of Alabama, 1977
    • Senior Editor, Alabama Law Review
    • Bench and Bar Honor Society
    • Farrah Law Society
    • Bradley Arant Scholarship
    • Am Jur Book Award (Securities Regulation, Corporate Tax, Labor Law)
  • B.A., University of the South (Sewanee), 1974
    • Rhodes Scholarship, Alabama nominee
    • Wilkins Scholarship, Outstanding Freshman
    • Hoff Scholarship
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • Alabama
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit