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    Pope & Young Appoints New Membership Chairman
Date Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021 | All News


The Pope & Young Club has announced new board member, Membership Chairman, Mike Oropallo. 

“Bow hunting, archery, wildlife a
nd the outdoors are both my passion and my profession. I have been a bow hunter since the 1970s, have traveled extensively and collected trophy deer, elk, bear, muskox, red stag, cape buffalo, and other species with the bow, and including a World Slam of all six wild turkey subspecies. 


I am also an attorney with over thirty years of complex civil trial experience, but with a focus on archery, the outdoor industry and wildlife, handling patent, trademark and copyright matters for a wide variety of outdoor and archery clients.  I also counsel clients on the import, export and issues related to a wide variety of wildlife laws and issues, including the Endangered Species Act, CITES, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Lacey Act, and including for natural history museums.


I am also very active as a member of a wide variety of outdoor, trade and conservation organizations, and regularly attend annual meetings and events for (among others): the Archery Trade Association, the SHOT Show, Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, Safari Club International, the National Taxidermists Association, and the Pope & Young Club (having attended numerous bi-annual conventions).  


I regularly volunteer my time for these organizations, both in my professional capacity, in presenting on wildlife law and intellectual property law issues, and in serving on boards, committees and in other advisory capacities.  And I have appeared on several outdoor television shows.  


I am 61 years old and a lifelong resident of the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York, where I am blessed to live with my wife Kim on the shore of beautiful Owasco Lake.  I have three children, five grandchildren, and great friends in the outdoor community all over the world.  In addition to bow hunting, I am an avid waterfowl hunter (having collected all North American huntable species), fly fisherman, and golfer.”

-Mike Oropallo, Pope & Young Club, Membership Chairman


Mike is a first-chair trial lawyer with 30 years of wide-ranging complex civil trial experience, concentrating on intellectual property, environmental, toxic exposure, and wildlife cases. In addition to dozens of jury trials, he has counseled his many archery and outdoor industry clients on complex copyright, patent, and trademark issues, including protection, enforcement, and related to the acquisition, monetization and licensing of these valuable client assets.

Mike has litigated cases throughout the United States, handled appeals, including precedent setting decisions on issues related to copyrightability, “useful articles,” and the merger doctrine.

He is also a recognized wildlife law attorney, representing clients on ultra-niche issues such as the transfer, importation, and permitting of wildlife. Mike regularly represents museums with the acquisition of natural history specimens and counsels’ clients on the labyrinth of wildlife laws and prohibitions, including pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and the Lacey Act.

The Pope and Young Club is a non-profit North American conservation and bowhunting organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of bowhunting by striving to increase awareness and appreciation of bowhunting foundations, principles, and values. The Pope and Young Club is focused on Fair Chase hunting ethics that support the ethical pursuit of free-ranging, wild game animals without unfair advantage while promoting the conservation of both habitat and wildlife. The Club also maintains the universally recognized repository of records and statistics on North American big game animals harvested with a bow and arrow.

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