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Elrod Pope Law Firm was founded in 1980 by Luther C. “Luke” Elrod.  In 1972, following his honorable discharge from the JAG Corps of the United States Army, Luke began eight years of general practice in the upstate of South Carolina. In 1980, Luke returned to Rock Hill, South Carolina and started his own practice, The Elrod Law Firm, focusing on personal injury and workers’ compensation claims. During the ensuing years the firm’s practice expanded and a number of partners, many former prosecutors, joined the firm.

In 1989, Rock Hill native Jack Leader brought a wealth of civil experience, as well as the courtroom skills he honed as an Assistant Solicitor in the 16th Judicial Circuit, to the practice. With the addition of Jack, the firm began to also focus on Medical Malpractice and Social Security Disability cases.

The firm continued its steady growth when David Benson joined the firm in 1990. Also a former 16th Circuit Assistant Solicitor, David has used his experience to fight for injured workers in the Workers’ Compensation arena. David is committed to serving his clients with faithfulness and dedication. His fearlessness and perseverance have proven advantageous in the courtroom as evidenced by 25 years of successfully litigating workers’ compensation cases.

Harold Staley began his legal career working in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable R. Markeley Dennis in the 9th Judicial Circuit. He also worked as a prosecutor in the 16th Circuit prior to joining The Elrod Law Firm in 2002. Harold is experienced in both Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation litigation and is licensed in North Carolina as well as South Carolina.

In 2007, former 16th Circuit Solicitor Tommy Pope joined the Elrod Law Firm and we became the Elrod Pope Law Firm. Tommy brings over 25 years of courtroom and trial experience to the practice. He is widely known for his 1995 prosecution of Susan Smith, the mother who drowned her two young sons in a Union County, SC lake. Tommy’s prosecution made national headlines.

In 2011, Garrett B. Johnson joined Elrod Pope Law Firm after earning his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Garrett worked as a legal intern for the United States Congress in Washington, D.C.

In March 2013, Luke Elrod passed away after a valiant battle with cancer. His legacy will live on forever in the mission of Elrod Pope Law Firm.

Andrew “Drew” Creech was established as partner in July of 2014.  After graduating from USC School of Law, Drew clerked for the Honorable R. Markley Dennis, Jr. in Charleston, SC.  Drew joined Elrod Pope Law Firm in 2009 and has been practicing Workers’ Compensation law since then.

Ben Leader joined the firm in 2014 as well, after completing his law degree in 2013 from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to joining the firm, Ben served as Law Clerk to the Honorable John C. Hayes III, of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina.

In 2021, Zach D. Griffin joined Elrod Pope Law Firm as an attorney after earning his law degree from Duke University School of Law. Zach brings with him a wide variety of experience having worked as a law clerk for the Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office in York, South Carolina, and working on mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and securities fraud as a summer associate for a multinational firm based in New York City.

If you have been injured on the job or by the negligence of others, contact Elrod Pope Law Firm today toll free 800-324-7574.

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