Friday, May 8th, 2015
Incoming PBA President Bill Pugh seems made for the role he’s about to assume: president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. “It’s a social job, and I think I’m a social kind of a person,” he says. He’s amiable and genial and displays a genuine interest in what his brother and sister lawyers are doing. “I like to hang out and listen to people. I’m a good listener.”
All of that seems natural enough for someone who’s a highly successful medmal defense attorney. You can just see this guy in a courtroom with a jury. Long-time friend and colleague Mark Kearney, now a federal judge, calls Pugh “an exceptional lawyer by instinct.” Kearney explains that Pugh relates to people in a way that makes them want to trust him. What better trait to have for traveling the state to build rapport and support within a diverse legal community?