About Us


At Riddick & Pope, we have deep roots in the area. We practice law here, but this is our community as well. Bill Riddick has practiced law in Smithfield since his graduation from law school in 1984. A native of nearby Franklin, Bill has lived in southeast Virginia his whole life other than his years away at school. Ashby Pope is a lifelong resident on Isle of Wight County. She grew up in Carrollton before she went away to college and law school and now lives here with her own family.

The firm has served the area for more than 30 years in one form or another. We provide general legal services to the people and the small businesses of Smithfield, Isle of Wight, Surry and Southampton Counties and the City of Suffolk as well as the greater Hampton Roads area.

We pride ourselves on serving our client and their varied legal needs, both large and small, from real estate closings, both residential and commercial, to wills, trusts, estate planning. We also represent clients in criminal and traffic matters and we can assist with delicate family law matters involving divorce, child custody, visitation, and child support. Our firm can also advise you on the formation of corporations and limited liability companies and attend to all the legal needs of small businesses. We help land owners with almost any type of real estate/land use matter you can think of including deed preparation, re-zoning matters, easements, 1031 like-kind exchanges, partition suits, and title disputes.

In short, we provide the types of legal services that people need in our community and we do it promptly, efficiently and at a fair price. If we can't help you we almost certainly know someone who can.

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We at Riddick & Pope, PC know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That's why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.




Bill Riddick has practiced in Smithfield since 1984. It is the only place he has every practiced since becoming a lawyer. Smithfield is his home and he has a passion for this community. He has been the Town Attorney for Smithfield and the Commissioner of Accounts for Isle of Wight County since 1993. He has watched Smithfield and Isle of Wight County grow and prosper and has been actively involved in all those things that have made this such a great community. Bill has a general practice of law but it his experience in real estate and related matters that make him unusual in today's legal world. Real estate is not glamorous but it is a complicated area of the law in which fewer and fewer lawyers have knowledge and experience. Bill is regularly appointed by the courts as a commissioner in chancery to report on complicated real estate issues. Bill is a problem solver and has the unique ability to explain complicated matters in simple and understandable terms.

Representative clients
The Town of Smithfield
Farmers Bank
American K-9 Interdiction, LLC

Campbell University
Juris Doctor, 1984

University of Virginia
B.A., History, 1981

Professional and Community service

  • Isle of Wight County Bar Association, Member & Past President
  • Served as representative to Virginia State Bar Counsel
  • Served as member and chairman of Virginia State Bar disciplinary committee
  • Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, past Chairman & member of the Board of Trustees
  • Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce, former member of board of directors
  • Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow

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Ashby Leigh Pope

Mrs. Pope has the expertise to assist you with your legal needs in a variety of legal areas. Her main areas of practice are criminal law and family law, but she regularly assists clients with other civil matters and legal issues, to include personal injury. She brings a maturity and creativity to the practice to help her clients get the results they deserve.

Graduated from Nansemond Suffolk Academy with Honors

Graduated from University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in both English and History

Employed as a Dispatcher with Isle of Wight County Communications Center

Internship with the Isle of Wight County Commonwealth's Office, using her Third Year Practice Certificate

Graduated from Regent University School of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree
Passed the Virginia State Bar Examination and admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth; sworn in on November 3, 2010

Associate Attorney with The Clark Law Office
Handled criminal and traffic charges and family law matters including custody, visitation, and divorce, personal injury claims, and other legal matters.

Partner at Thompson & Pope (formerly Clark, Thompson & Pope)

2022 - Present
Partner at Riddick & Pope

Certifications & Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar (No Bar Complaints)
  • Guardian Ad Litem for Children
  • Indigent Defense Commission
  • Isle of Wight Bar Association
  • Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association