After graduating from Texas Christian University, Jared Pope attended Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, where he met his wife and Work Shield co-founder, Jennifer, who was also a law student. He quickly realized he had a passion for benefits, ERISA and tax law. Jared graduated and practiced in the ERISA, Benefits and Compensation department with Baker Botts and Fulbright and Jaworski. He then served as general counsel and head of compliance for Apex Global Partners (formerly Benefit Partners), an insurance brokerage agency. In 2011, Jared started his own ERISA, benefits and HR law firm, Pope Legal Group. After the rise of the #metoo movement in 2017, Jared realized industry-standard practices and the "system" for managing workplace harassment and discrimination were broken. Despite using outside reporting platforms, internal incident investigations meant employees were not reporting incidents due to fear of retaliation, and employers were not protecting their culture or themselves from the risk of legal action. Always ready for a challenge, he decided to make the system better. He created Work Shield - the only solution that allows voices to be truly heard, and where incidents have a clear path to resolution.