Patrick Pugh
Patrick Pugh

Patrick H. Pugh

Associate

pughp@ballardspahr.com
Tel 303.299.7325
Fax 303.296.3956
Denver

Patrick H. Pugh represents financial institutions, real estate developers, manufacturers, and businesses in commercial issues, including contract disputes, defect claims, purchaser disputes, intellectual property and trade secret concerns, employment issues, and general legal advice. 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. 

Financial Institutions

Mr. Pugh represents clients in the financial services and mortgage banking industries in cases involving lending-related issues, including claims arising under state and federal lending statutes and consumer protection laws, construction lending and defect issues, mechanic’s liens, distressed real estate, and disputes in bankruptcy. He also advises financial institutions about recent changes in the applicable law and regulatory schemes.

Real Estate Developers

Mr. Pugh advises real estate developers throughout the design/build and sales process. He guides clients through contract disputes, mechanic’s lien avoidance and resolution, construction defect claims, and purchaser disputes. Mr. Pugh works with his clients to resolve issues at minimal cost and delay while working to salvage or maintain important contractor and purchaser relationships. He has represented real estate developers with construction defect claims both in and out of litigation and defended developers in numerous cases involving the federal Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act.

Manufacturers

Mr. Pugh defends manufacturers in product liability claims. He assists clients with highly technical products and complex issues through written discovery, identifying and defending expert witnesses, and final resolution, whether through mediation or trial. Mr. Pugh understands the complex nature of defect claims and is able to simplify and address those complexities during litigation. He works to narrow the focus of discovery to minimize the expense of litigation and focus the issues for resolution.

Representative Matters

  • Advised financial institutions regarding new laws and regulations and defend against claims brought by borrowers regarding mortgage loans
  • Advised and defended Fortune 500 company in claims involving product liability and personal injury
  • Represented 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
  • Managed more than 30 cases nationwide involving complex trade secret, computer fraud, and business tort claims
  • Represented clients in the financial services and mortgage 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 confession of 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 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 the Denver office's representative on Ballard Spahr's Pro Bono Committee.

Professional Activities

Colorado Bar Association, Litigation Section

Denver Bar Association

Faculty of Federal Advocates

Ballard Spahr Associates Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

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

Received Ballard Spahr's Pro Bono Award, 2014

Publications

While attending law school, Mr. Pugh authored "Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys; a Middle Ground Solution to Noisy Withdrawal," 14 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 659, 2005.

Speaking Engagements

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

Colorado Bright Beginnings, a nonprofit focusing on early childhood development

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. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit