Professor Pope is available to serve as a consulting or testifying expert witness in court, arbitration and other tribunal proceedings.
Often, both tort and contract cases involving healthcare providers intertwine with issues of clinical and/or professional ethics. Professor Pope has been retained by both hospital systems and by patients. He has been retained by both plaintiffs and defendants.
Areas of Expertise
Bioethics Brain Death
End-of-Life Medical Treatment
Life Sustaining Treatment Disputes
Current Experience as Expert Witness
Termination of Treatment Relationship & Patient Abandonment: Professor Pope is engaged in a state court matter that questions whether physicians proivided sufficient notice before leaving their practice.
Ethics & Professional Boundaries: Professor Pope is engaged in ahealthcare licensing board action that questions whether a licensee should have accepted a significant gift from a patient.
Past Experience as Expert Witness
Ramdas Bhandari, MD v. V/H/A Southwest Community Health Corporation d/b/a Community Hospital Corporation and Artesia General Hospital; Civil Action No. 1:09-CV-00932 JB/LAM; in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. Retained by Greenberg Traurig LLP for hospital client, 2010-2011. Primary issue concerned hospital and physician duties to former patients of departed physician. Deposition taken in Houston.
Kosta M. Arget, MD et al. v. Renown Health et al., Civil Action No. CV11-02477; in the Second Judicial District for the State of Nevada, Washoe County. Retained by Bryan Cave LLP for hospital client, 2013. Primary issue concerned hospital and physician group duties to former patients of departed physicians. Attended hearing in Reno but case settled.
Wagner v. Summa Health System, Civil Action No. CV-2013-09-4227; in the Court of Common Pleas, Summit County, Ohio. Retained by family of deceased patient, 2016-2017. Primary issue concerned provider duty to obtain appropriate consent for a DNR/CCO order. Deposition taken in Saint Paul.
In re Rodney Knoepfle (Helena, Montana). Retained as a pre-suit non-testifying expert by patient planning claim against hospital, 2016-2017. The patient was resuscitated against his wishes and directions.
$300 per hour for research, document review, and preparation
$400 per hour for deposition and trial testimony
Professor Pope has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1999.
Professor Pope was admitted pro hac vice to New Jersey in 2009 and 2010.