Pugh returns to private practice after serving for nearly a decade in various high-ranking legal roles, most recently on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary as counsel to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and prior to that, as counsel to the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition. Before serving in government positions, Pugh was an associate at Dechert LLP.
During his tenure with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Pugh provided legal analysis and advice on antitrust policy and related legislation. While at the FTC, Pugh served as management liaison between the bureau’s front office and various divisions and regional offices and as lead staff attorney on several hospital and retail merger investigations.
At Faegre Drinker, Pugh will focus his practice on advising clients on antitrust considerations for potential transactions and day-to-day business operations. He will draw upon his government background when helping clients navigate antitrust risks associated with collaboration and communications with competitors, integration planning, and merger investigations.
Daniel J. Collins and Deborah A. Ellingboe, co-leaders of Faegre Drinker’s Litigation group, said in a joint statement, “Sean brings an impressive depth of experience to our firm. His work on Capitol Hill, along with his experience at the FTC and in private practice, will be a valuable asset to our clients faced with government actions and investigations, as well as in complex antitrust matters and class action suits.”
Pugh earned his bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University, his master’s degree from the University of South Carolina and his Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law.
With 250 litigation attorneys licensed in key jurisdictions throughout the United States, Faegre Drinker’s Litigation group offers national counsel services, on-the-ground litigation support and local court relationships. Members of the group include 13 fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, former United States Supreme Court clerks, members of the American College of Appellate Lawyers, former federal prosecutors and government agency officials, and dozens of former federal and state courts of appeal and district court clerks.