Steven J. Pugh admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

November 7, 2023

Richardson Plowden & Robinson, P.A. announced that attorney Steven J. Pugh has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

The induction ceremony, at which Mr. Pugh became a Fellow, took place recently before an audience of approximately 550 during the Annual Meeting of the College in San Diego, California.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

Mr. Pugh is a shareholder of Richardson Plowden and has a statewide practice. He also serves as the Firm’s Chief Financial Officer. His law practice includes civil litigation, including major class actions, the defense of electric and gas utility claims, the defense of product liability claims, toxic torts including asbestos, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, and transportation law. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1990 and his Bachelor of Arts cum laude from The Citadel in 1987. He is admitted to practice in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Texas.


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