Michael J. Pugh

Senior Attorney, AV Preeminent (5.0 of 5)
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator


Auburn University, B.A. with honors

Who’s Who; Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary; Phi Delta Theta History Honorary; Editor “Tiger Club” magazine; Co-editor “Greeks at Auburn” magazine; Assistant Editor, College Annual; Interfraternity Executive Cabinet; Student Body Executive Cabinet; Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity: Domain Conference Chairman, Secretary; Dean’s Lists; various scholarships

University of Florida, College of Law, J.D. with honors

Law Review; Florida Blue Key; Student Body Secretary for Legal Affairs; Law School Senator; Moot Court; Phi Delta Phi; Law Center Scholarship

Columbia University, College of Law, LL.M. in Foreign and Comparative Law

Jervey Fellowship from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law; studied at University of Munich, West Germany


U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeal for D.C., 2nd, 9th, 10th and 11th Circuits
Northern and Middle U.S. District Courts of Florida
All Florida State Courts


40+ years experience

Private Practice
U.S. Department of Justice, Appellate Section, Antitrust Division, Washington, D.C.
Associate Director - Continuing Legal Education, FSU College of Law, Tallahassee, FL
Instructor - University of Miami College of Law, Miami, Florida
Acted as general counsel - corporate turnkey computer client owned by a publicly traded Dallas, Texas corporation.
Law Clerk: Chief Judge, United States District Court, Northern District, Florida

Areas of Practice

Advise, litigate, preparation and/or review of documents as to:
Antitrust – restraint of trade and monopolies
Business matters
Commercial matters
Computer and internet law
Contracts, such as:

  • Acquisition agreements
  • Articles of incorporation - corporations
  • Articles of organization - limited liability companies
  • Asset purchase agreements
  • Assignments
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Consulting agreements
  • Corporate policies and procedures
  • Dispute settlement agreements
  • Distributorship agreements
  • Employee Manuals and Policies
  • Employment and personnel agreements
  • Intellectual property rights agreements
  • Internet or website agreements
  • Internet click-through agreements
  • Lease agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Limited liability company operating agreements
  • Litigation settlement agreements
  • Loan agreements
  • Merger agreements
  • Mortgages
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Partnership agreements – general and limited liability
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Promissory notes
  • Purchase orders
  • Real estate sales and purchase agreements
  • Service agreements
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Software agreements
  • Stock or limited liability company member interest purchase agreements
  • Stock or limited liability company membership interest sales agreements
  • Supply agreements
  • Trade secret protection agreements
  • Trust agreements
  • Website access agreements
  • Vendor agreements

Dispute and litigation settlement
Distributorship matters
Employment matters
Equal employment matters
Fraud and misrepresentation
Health and hospital matters
International trade
Licensing matters
Limited liability companies
Partnership matters
Personal injury and property damage
Probate and trust matters
Real estate matters – simple and complex
Trade secret protection matters


World Trade Council of Northwest Florida, Inc., President and Chairman (two terms)
President, Board of Directors, Volunteer Pensacola, Inc., a non-profit agency
Rotary International