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Mr. Pugh is a former managing partner of the firm’s Houston office and has served as a member of its Board of Directors. In his practice, he handles a wide variety of maritime and energy-related cases and he has extensive experience analyzing, drafting, and reviewing energy-related contracts and insurance, indemnity and other contract issues. His practice background also includes master service agreements, onshore and offshore drilling contracts, charters, flight service agreements and onshore and offshore construction contracts. Mr. Pugh works with companies, both domestically and internationally, to develop comprehensive contracts that maximize the company’s risk allocation, including indemnity and insurance protection. Mr. Pugh maintains an active seminar and speaking schedule. He has given numerous presentations on issues related to insurance and risk allocation in the energy industry and speaks before leading professional and legal organizations. He has also helped clients, internationally and domestically, integrate their contracts, both internally and following mergers or assignment of contracts (such as drilling contracts). Mr. Pugh is currently serving as a member of the Council of the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. In addition, Mr. Pugh previously participated in drafting the 2002 AIPN International Model Well Services and Seismic Agreements, and he is currently serving as Secretary of the AIPN and co-chair of the AIPN Model Contract Committee that is drafting an international drilling contract and reviewing the 2002 Model Well Services and Seismic Agreements.

Contact & Links


  • 1001 Fannin Street, Suite 1800
    Houston, TX 77002

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Texas, State Bar of Texas

Federal Clerkships

  • United States Court of Appeals

State Clerkships

  • Louisiana - Supreme Court

Liskow & Lewis
Headquarters: New Orleans, Louisiana

77 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

8 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Energy Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law

Special Focus

  • Commercial
  • Contract

"Bill Pugh is considered the attorney to turn to for all matters related to operations in the Gulf of Mexico."

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