Preston Pugh is an experienced trial and investigations lawyer and is a member of the firm's
Executive Committee. Recognized by Legal 500 for corporate investigations, and having
served for several years in the federal government, Mr. Pugh represents corporations and
large institutions in internal and government-initiated investigations, litigation that stems
from those investigations, and in multiple stages of crisis management, often in cases that
have an HR component. Challenges that he has helped clients successfully navigate include
alleged executive or key employee misconduct in the workplace, qui tam (False Claims Act)
cases, misstatements of financials, workplace violence, trade secrets disputes over
important data, regulatory inspections incidents, the full range of employment
discrimination litigation, and insider threats.
Mr. Pugh combines his experience as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, senior compliance
investigations counsel at the General Electric Company, and compliance monitor to assist
clients operating in competitive and complex markets. He helps clients understand not only
whether "noncompliance" occurred, but also the root cause of the concern – not just
"putting out fires," but finding an efficient, effective solution that resonates with regulators,
eliminates excessive risk in specific areas, and constructs enduring cultural change.
Mr. Pugh was appointed by a federal district court in one of the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) largest monitorships to date involving racial
discrimination and harassment. At the conclusion of the monitorship, the district court
observed, "You're that outsider coming in... Not easy to do, but you did it well...." He was
also the first monitor appointed by the Waterfront Commission of New York and New
Jersey Harbors, overseeing a stevedore's efforts to root out organized crime. Mr. Pugh
currently serves as an appointed deputy monitor in the gaming industry overseeing a
company's efforts to prevent, among other things, sexual harassment and discrimination.
Licensed to practice in Washington, DC, New York, and Illinois, Mr. Pugh is a known
advocate in both trial and appellate courts. He has successfully tried a wide variety of
federal cases, and has argued civil appeals in the First, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth,
Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits in the United States Courts of Appeals. He has
succeeded in two cases of first impression: one in the United States Court of Appeals for
the First Circuit and another, as amicus counsel, in the Illinois Supreme Court.
Immediately prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Mr. Pugh was a partner at a prominent trial
boutique in Chicago. He was recognized as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" from 2011 to 2017
and received multiple Special Service Awards during his time at the U.S. Attorney's Office
in Chicago. For 10 years, he served as part of the national faculty for the National Institute
for Trial Advocacy and has been an adjunct professor in appellate advocacy at Loyola
University Chicago School of Law.