Kellum Law Firm expands Wilmington team
Kellum Law Firm has announced the hiring of two new employees for their Wilmington office located at 4626 Market Street.
Hollis B. Briggs Jr. joined the firm on Aug. 5. He will serve as community resource director, and act as the contact point for individuals or groups who wish to learn more about their rights as it relates to injury, disability or Social Security denials. A community development specialist, his previous experience includes the position as president for Bottom Neighborhood Empowerment. Founded in the 1990’s the group seeks to revitalize the once vibrant Bottom, one of Wilmington’s oldest identifiable African-American neighborhoods. In addition to his community activism on urban issues, local citizens will be familiar with Briggs civic and political involvement. He was a candidate for former Representative Thomas Wrights’s seat in N.C. House District 18.
A native of Norfolk, VA Briggs is a graduate of John T. Hoggard High School and the National School of Radio and Television.The father of five children; Briggs enjoys golf, landscaping, bike riding and fishing. He is a member of St. Phillip A.M.E. Church (Jr. Steward), Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration committee (chairman), Battleship Commissioner (2007-2013). When asked about his life works he quoted Martin Luther King, Jr., “stand up for something or fall for anything!”
Hovie Pope Jr. joined the Kellum Law Firm on Sept. 10. He brings a distinguished career of more than 40 years with the Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach police departments and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. A graduate of New Hanover High School he pursued additional studies in the Criminal Justice field at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College earning the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate in 1981. Pope served in the U.S. Navy including a tour of Vietnam and has been the recipient of numerous recognitions. He was awarded the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” by previous Governor Mike Easley in 2008. In addition he received the Life Saving award in 2003 and was recognized as the Officer of the Year by Grace Baptist Church.
An avid golfer and family man, Pope also is a general instructor in the Basic Law Enforcement Program, Adjunct Instructor for the North Carolina Justice Academy, in-service instructor for Law Enforcement Agencies, Past President and current board member of the North Carolina Internal Affairs Investigators Association.
A native of Wilmington, Pope is married to Linda Hodges Pope; they have three children, Troy, Tanya and Jefferey, and four grandchildren.
In addition to Wilmington and the home office in New Bern, other locations include Jacksonville, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Morehead City, Williamston and Roanoke Rapids.