Preston Pugh is a Partner and member of Pugh, Jones, Johnson & Quandt's Litigation Practice Group. His expertise includes healthcare litigation, complex civil litigation, internal investigations, and labor and employment litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, he was GE Healthcare's Senior Counsel for Investigations and Litigation, where he was responsible for
domestic and international fraud and abuse investigations for the $17 billion business, and its commercial litigation practice.
Mr. Pugh is recognized for his work in employment and regulatory compliance investigations, whistleblower litigation, and appeals. He has personally conducted investigations in numerous parts of the world, including the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Domestically, he has tried several federal cases and argued numerous federal appeals. He has served as
counsel to federal, state and municipal government agencies, individuals and multinational corporations‹both as in-house and outside counsel. With respect to specific practice areas, his broad experience covers the False Claims Act, healthcare fraud and abuse laws, the FCPA, Sarbanes-Oxley issues, FDA violations, antikickback violations, employment discrimination, harassment, and restrictive covenants.
Mr. Pugh is well-regarded in the labor and employment bar. In 2010, he was appointed as a federal monitor in the consent decree that settled one of the EEOC's most contentious cases in recent years in the Chicago region. As a member of the Northern District of Illinois' Trial Bar, he has defended several employers at trial and on appeal in employment discrimination cases representing public, private and governmental employers and in restrictive covenant hearings. As a partner in private practice, he was part of a team that defended a Fortune 150 company in a seminal pattern and practice case, at the time the OFCCP¹s largest case of its kind. He has served as Appellate Counsel at the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., where he successfully briefed and argued cases in most of the federal courts of appeals. He has also served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Chicago Bar Association.
As a former Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, Mr. Pugh led investigations of False Claims Act violations, including qui tam cases, and tried a number of civil cases. For his work there, he received several Civil Division commendations. In 2004, he was recognized as one of Illinois "Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys to Watch." The Leading Lawyers Network has selected Mr. Pugh as a Leading Lawyer in 2011.
Mr. Pugh has been a member of the national faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for many years. He has also taught appellate advocacy as an adjunct law professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Health Law Section, the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Lawyers Lend a Hand. He currently sits on the Board of Kartemquin Films and is a past member of the Just the Beginning Foundation, Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, and State of Illinois Character and Fitness Committee.