Meet Our Lobbyist

Riley Pope & Laney, LLC provides lobbying assistance and strategic counsel for clients involved in legislative, appropriation and regulatory processes in South Carolina. RPL has a demonstrated record of delivering its clients excellent government relations services and possesses the required experience and technical skills which are ideally suited to representing clients before the South Carolina General Assembly, the Governor’s Office and state agencies. RPL has successfully represented clients with interests in the following areas: banking and lending, engineering and construction, environmental, healthcare, information technology, K-12 education and higher education, manufacturing, municipal and county government, state and local procurement, public safety, taxation, telecommunications and transportation.

Government Relations Team

Theodore D. Riley provides government relations consulting services and practices in the areas of regulatory and administrative law. He is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1988 from the University of South Carolina. Upon graduation, Mr. Riley served in Washington, D.C. as an International Affairs Analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1989 to 1990 and as the Executive Assistant to the Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors’ Association from 1990 to 1991. He returned to South Carolina and in 1994 earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Riley became an Associate at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP. Mr. Riley was a member of that firm’s government law team practicing in administrative, commercial and regulatory law and legislative affairs. He also served as a special prosecutor for the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s office. Mr. Riley was an Associate with Haynsworth Marion McKay & Guérard, LLP and its successor, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA from 1997 until 2001. At the Haynsworth firm, Mr. Riley provided government relations services to clients on both the state and federal level and practiced in the areas of administrative and regulatory law. In July 2001, Mr. Riley, Lowndes Pope and Roy Laney formed Riley Pope & Laney, LLC. Mr. Riley’s community involvement includes serving on the Boards of Palmetto Project, Winston’s Wish and FACETS (Fine Arts Cultural Enrichment Teaching Studios), and he additionally volunteers with Youth Corps and numerous local community school groups with his family. Mr. Riley is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the Richland County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all South Carolina state courts, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Riley, his wife Nancy and their four children reside in Columbia, South Carolina.

Hobart O. Trotter, Jr. provides government relations consulting services with an emphasis in information technology and procurement issues. He is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and is a 1980 graduate of the University of South Carolina. Mr. Trotter has worked with various technology vendors providing solutions to the State of South Carolina for over twenty years. During that time, Mr. Trotter has worked closely with state agencies and their management teams, including the Budget and Control Board, the Information Technology Management Office of the Division of Procurement Services, the Chief Procurement Officers and their purchasing agents and the state’s agency technology directors. Through his experience, Mr. Trotter has acquired a working knowledge of the organizational structures of state agencies, their technology infrastructure, their purchasing policies and procedures and the business drivers affecting how their budgets are allocated. He has proven experience managing large procurement initiatives for several worldwide organizations currently doing business with the State of South Carolina. Mr. Trotter has an in-depth understanding of the various steps of the state procurement process, from budgeting through contract award and contract settlement.

Mr. Trotter, his wife Patti and their three daughters reside in Columbia, and Mr. Trotter has been involved in various community service organizations, including formerly serving as the Chairman of the Board of the American Diabetes Association for South Carolina and currently serving as a Board member of the Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina.

Tara P. Boone provides government relations research, legislative monitoring and administrative services. She is a native of Camden, South Carolina and graduated with honors from Limestone College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. With more than fourteen years experience in government relations, Ms. Boone worked with the government relations team of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA before joining Riley Pope & Laney’s government relations team. Ms. Boone has a clear understanding and knowledge of the legislative process and provides exceptional client services in the areas of research, legislative monitoring, communication, coordinating events for clients and administration. Ms. Boone resides in Lugoff with her husband and two daughters and currently serves as Chair of the South Carolina Army National Guard C Company 151st Expeditionary Signal Battalion Family Readiness Group and additionally serves as an Advocacy Leader with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.