Patrick Pugh
Patrick Pugh

Patrick H. Pugh

Of Counsel

pughp@ballardspahr.com
Tel 303.299.7325
Fax 303.296.3956
Denver

Patrick Pugh focuses on commercial and real property disputes, including contract issues, defect claims, purchaser disputes, intellectual property and trade secret concerns, and employment issues. Through his business background and broad experience in virtually every type of commercial dispute, Mr. Pugh efficiently guides his clients to an ultimate resolution, whether through mediation or trial.

Mr. Pugh advises real estate developers throughout the design/build and sales process guiding clients through contract disputes, mechanic’s lien avoidance and resolution, construction defect claims, and purchaser disputes. Mr. Pugh also represents clients in the financial services and banking industries in cases involving lending-related issues, including claims arising under state and federal lending statutes and consumer protection laws, distressed real estate, and disputes in bankruptcy. In addition, Mr. Pugh has defended litigation involving highly technical product defect claims, trade secret and intellectual property issues, and employment discrimination action.

Mr. Pugh works with his clients to resolve issues at minimal cost and delay while working to salvage or maintain important customer and vendor relationships. Mr. Pugh assists clients with highly technical and complex issues through written discovery, identifying and defending expert witnesses, and the ultimate resolution whether through mediation or trial. Mr. Pugh works to minimize the expense of litigation and focus the issues for resolution.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended both lenders and developers in cases involving the Federal Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act and the Colorado Consumer Protection Act
  • Managed numerous cases involving claims against developers of condominium planned unit developments 
  • Advised and defended Fortune 500 company in claims involving product liability and personal injury
  • Managed more than 30 cases nationwide involving complex trade secret, computer fraud, and business tort claims 
  • Represented clients in the financial services and banking industries in cases involving lending-related issues, including claims arising under state and federal lending statutes and consumer protection laws 
  • Represented Fortune 500 financial and insurance companies as plaintiffs and defendants in connection with employment and discrimination claims 
  • Successfully defended employers from discrimination claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act 
  • Successfully defended financial institutions from claims under state and federal consumer protection laws
  • Represented developers and lenders in mechanic’s lien cases
  • Obtained a $1.9 million judgment, including front and back rent, on behalf of a landlord against a commercial tenant 
  • Obtained $850,000 judgment on contract, including award of attorneys’ fees and costs

Pro Bono and Community Activities Experience

Mr. Pugh is actively involved in representing individuals and non-profit companies pro bono. He has advised nonprofit companies on several issues, including 501(c)(3) certification, employment issues, and intellectual property considerations. He also worked with the Colorado Lawyers Committee Homeless ID Task Force to assist elderly, homeless, and indigent persons to obtain Colorado identification cards.

Mr. Pugh is active with the Clemency Project 2014 and has participated in the Colorado Lawyers Committee Hate Crimes Task Force.

Mr. Pugh is a representative on Ballard Spahr's Pro Bono Committee.

Professional Activities

Colorado Bar Association, Litigation Section

Denver Bar Association

Faculty of Federal Advocates

Recognition & Accomplishments

Named a Super Lawyers "Colorado Rising Star," business litigation, 2014-2015

Received Ballard Spahr's Pro Bono Award, 2014

Publications

Co-Author, "Borrowers' Counsel Sanctioned for Frivolous Lawsuit Against Lender Who Attempted to Resolve Foreclosure Action," Ballard Spahr alert, July 23, 2015

Co-Author, "Voluntary Dismissal of Foreclosure Action Does Not Entitle Borrower to Attorneys' Fees," Ballard Spahr alert, April 2, 2015

Co-author, "Condominium Unit Sales Exemptions and Compliance under ILSA," Ballard Spahr alert, March 25, 2015

Co-Author, "Colorado Legislature Tries Again on Construction-Related Litigation Reform," Ballard Spahr alert, February 23, 2015

Co-Author, "Second Circuit Reverses Bacolistas Decision in Rare Win for Condo Developers," Ballard Spahr alert, December 31, 2012

"Religious Expression Problematic for Employers," Law Week Colorado, January 19, 2009

"Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys; a Middle Ground Solution to Noisy Withdrawal," 14 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 659, 2005

Speaking Engagements

"Contract Terms and Disputes: A Litigator’s Perspective" Seminar Sponsored by the Real Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association, September 1, 2016

Panelist, "The CFPB and the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act: What's New?" Strafford Publications webinar, July 24, 2013

Panelist, "The CFPB and the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act: What's New?" Ballard Spahr webinar, May 21, 2013

"ILSA 2013: Planning and Inconsistencies – What We Have Learned under the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act And How To Plan for 2013," Seminar sponsored by Pitkin County Bar Association and Real Property Section of Colorado Bar Association, November 16, 2012

Board Memberships

Bright by Three, a nonprofit focusing on early childhood development, 2011-2014


University of Kansas School of Law (J.D. 2005)
Member, Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, University of Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy

University of Kansas (B.S. 2001)

Colorado

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit