William W. Pugh: Lawyer with Liskow & Lewis A Professional Law Corporation

William W. Pugh

Phone(713) 651-2949

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Practice Areas

  • Maritime, Oilfield and Insurance
  • Energy and Natural Resources Law
  • Energy Litigation
  • Construction Law and Litigation
 
Contact InfoTelephone: (713) 651-2949
Fax: (713) 651-2908
http://www.liskow.com/bio.aspx?id=110
 
University University of Virginia, B.A., 1976
 
Law SchoolLouisiana State University, J.D., 1979 Order of the Coif, Louisiana Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 1978 -1979
 
Admitted1979, Louisiana; 2005, Texas
 
Biography

Mr. Pugh has served as managing partner of the firm's Houston office and served several terms on the firm's Board of Directors. He now serves as the Team Leader of Houston's Maritime, Oilfield, and Insurance Section. In his practice, he handles a wide variety of maritime and energy-related matters including contract disputes, insurance disputes, and various energy transactions.

He has extensive experience analyzing, drafting, and reviewing energy-related contracts and insurance, indemnity and other contract issues. His practice background also includes master service agreements, onshore and offshore drilling contracts, charters, flight service agreements, onshore and offshore construction contracts, and other energy related agreements.

Mr. Pugh works with companies, both domestically and internationally, to develop comprehensive contracts that maximize the company's risk allocation, including indemnity and insurance protection.

Mr. Pugh maintains an active seminar and speaking schedule. He has given numerous presentations on issues related to insurance and risk allocation in the energy industry and speaks before leading professional and legal organizations. He has also helped clients, internationally and domestically, integrate their contracts, both internally and following mergers or assignment of contracts (such as drilling contracts). Mr. Pugh is currently serving as Vice President of Model Contracts of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and recently served as Secretary of the AIPN and as a member of the Council of the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. In addition, Mr. Pugh previously participated in drafting the 2002 AIPN International Model Well Services and Seismic Agreements, and he is currently co-chair of the AIPN Model Contract Committee that is drafting an international drilling contract and reviewing the 2002 Model Well Services and Seismic Agreements.

Honors & Affiliations

•Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2006-2008

•Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel - Member

•The Maritime Law Association of the United States - Member

•Louisiana State Law Institute - Council Member; Senior Officer of the Institute

•Houston, Louisiana State, and American Bar Associations - Member

•State Bar of Texas - Section of Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law - Council Member, 2010-2013

•Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) - Member; Co-Chair, AIPN Model Well Services, Seismic, and Drilling Contract Committee

•Law Clerk to the Honorable Albert Tate, Jr., Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Louisiana, and Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1979 -1980

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Presentations

•Indemnity Agreements in Mergers and Acquisitions, The Institute for Energy Law's Mergers and Acquisitions/Acquisitions and Disposals Conference, May 2014

•Oil & Gas Drilling Contracts - A Look At The Major Risk Allocation Issues, Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Santa Fe, NM, May 3, 2013

•Indemnity and Insurance Risk Allocation: You Can't Always Get What You Want, But It's Good to Know How to Get What You Need, Liskow & Lewis Breakfast Forum Series, Houston, TX, April 9, 2013

•Beyond Entry Points - Risk Allocation Issues in Operational Agreements, AIPN Young Negotiators Breakfast Speaker Series, Houston, TX, March 28, 2013

•64th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference, Sponsored by IEL, Houston, TX, February 21, 2013

•Oil & Gas Agreements: Contracting for Goods, Services, and People, Drilling Contracts & Service Agreements, Federal Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing & Development, New Orleans, LA, January 23-25, 2013

•Risk Allocation Service Agreements, Sponsored by University of Texas, OGERL of the State Bar of Texas & AIPN, Houston, TX, January 16-18, 2013

•Service Agreements - AIPN NOC Government Entity Conference & Workshop, Sponsored by AIPN, London, England, December 5, 2012

•Looking at the Big Picture - Indemnity, Insurance, and Risk Allocation, Houston Energy Risk Managers, Houston, TX, September 25, 2012

•Ins and Outs of Indemnification: Avoiding Indemnity Pitfalls in Drilling Contracts and Master Service Agreements, 11th Annual Advanced In-House Counsel Course, Dallas, TX, August 3, 2012

•Energy Resources, Oil and Gas, Sponsored by RIMS Houston Chapter, Philadelphia, PA, April 16, 2012

•Recent Developments in Indemnity and Insurance, Sponsored by LSU, Baton Rouge, LA, March 2, 2012

•Allocating Risk in Drilling Contracts, MSAs and Rig Sharing Agreements, Sponsored by University of Texas CLE, AIPN and OGERL, Houston, Texas, February 1, 2012

•Indemnity Provisions in Oil and Gas Agreements - Risk Allocation in Drilling Contracts and Master Service Agreements in the Gulf of Mexico, 29th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course, Houston, Texas, October 6-7, 2011

•Drilling Contracts and Master Service Agreements - A Mock Negotiation, South Texas College of Law CLE 24th Annual Energy Law Institute, Houston, Texas, August 31, 2011

•Allocating Risk in Drilling Contracts and MSAs, 2011 AIPN Model Contract Workshop, Paris, France, June 28, 2011

•Allocating Risk In Drilling Contracts and MSAs, AIPN International Oil & Gas Upstream Contracts Seminar, Mexico City, Mexico, April 7, 2011

•Decommissioning of Oil and Gas Facilities, AIPN International Oil & Gas Upstream Contracts & International Bar Association Seminar, Co-sponsored by Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 5, 2011

•Allocating Risk In Drilling Contracts, MSAs and Rig Sharing Agreements, UT International Upstream Energy Transactions, Houston, Texas, January 25-26, 2011

•What Law Applies. Maximizing Contractual Insurance Protection; Professional Liability Exclusion; and Coverage for Clean-Up, AON Energy Symposium, Houston, Texas, January 19, 2011

•Energy Symposium - Indemnity, Insurance and Risk Allocation in Operational Contracts, Houston, Texas, August 12, 2010

•Drilling Contracts and Service Agreements, AIPN 2010 Model Contracts Workshop, London, UK, June 20-23, 2010

•Putting It All Together - Maximizing Indemnity and Insurance Protection in Your Contracts, IQPC Contract Risk Management Conference, Houston, Texas, May 28, 2010

•Master Service Agreements: Indemnity and Insurance Provisions, Houston Bar Association Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section Lunch, Houston, Texas, May 25, 2010

•Drilling Contracts and Master Service Agreements - University of Texas 36th Annual Ernest E. Smith, Oil, Gas & Mineral Law - Fundamentals, Houston, Texas, April 8, 2010

•Identifying and Managing the Big Ticket Drilling Contract Risks - Oil & Gas Agreements: The Exploration Phase - Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Houston, Texas, March 3, 2010

•Risk Allocation Issues in Energy Project - Master Services Agreements & Drilling Contracts, 6th Annual Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law, Texas Energy Law Symposium, Austin, Texas, January 20-21, 2010

•The Allocation of Risk in Service Contracts - International Energy Law, Contracts, and Negotiations - Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Houston, Texas, September 28 - October 2, 2009

•Insurance and Indemnity Issues in the Energy Business: Knowing the Risks and How to Cover Them - University of Houston Law Foundation - Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course, Dallas, Texas, June 18, 2009

•Contracting Major Projects in a Volatile Market: Risk Allocation, Insurance Issues and Practical Realities - Market Unease and the Big Easy - Contracting and Investing Despite Global Volatility AIPN Spring Conference - New Orleans, LA, April 29-May 1, 2009

•Risk Allocation in Oilfield Contracts - Maximizing Indemnity and Insurance Protections - Risk and Management Society (RIMS) 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition, Orlando, FL, April 19-23, 2009

•Looking at the Big Picture - Indemnity, Insurance, and Risk Allocation - Houston Energy Risk Managers Group, Houston, Texas, April 15, 2009

•Perspectives on Oilfield Services Agreement Negotiation - 60th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference, Center for American and International Law, Houston, Texas, February 19-20, 2009

•Insurance Indemnity Issues in the Energy Business: Knowing the Risks and How to Cover Them - University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course, Houston, Texas, February 6, 2009

•Drilling Contracts and Service Agreements: Indemnity and Other Controversial Issues - Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing and Development - Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Houston, Texas, January 26-28, 2009

•Putting It All Together - Maximizing Indemnity and Insurance Protection In Your Contracts: Making Sure The Basics Are Covered, Avoiding Potential Pitfalls, and Analyzing Recent Developments, 12th Annual Energy Contract Management In Oil and Gas, INSIGHT, Houston, Texas, October 28-29, 2008

•Master Service Agreements and Risk Allocation, In Whose Good Hands Are You? - Texas Bar Association, Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, September 25-26, 2008

•IOC Relations with Service Companies - AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators) - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, September 14-17, 2008

•Risk Allocation in Operational Agreements - Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Institute on Strategic Risk Management for Natural Resources Companies and Their Advisors - Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 1-2, 2008

•Insurance and Indemnity Issues in the Oil & Gas Business - Knowing the Risks and Knowing How to Cover Them, University of Houston Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course - Houston and Dallas, May 8-9, 2008; February, 2008; September 2007; February, 2007

•Indemnity and Insurance Issues Under Joint Operating Agreements - Don't Get Stuck with the Check When It's Not Your Dinner, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Oil and Gas Agreements - Houston, Texas, December, 2007; Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 2007

•Implement an Offshore and Onshore Hurricane Crisis Resolution to Avoid Chaos - IQPC Advanced Contract Risk Management in Upstream Oil & Gas - June, 2007

•Indemnity and Risk Allocation, Houston Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, February, 2007

•Risk Management in Accommodation Agreements, The Center for American and International Law 56th Annual Oil and Gas Program at Institute for Energy Law, February 2005

•Drilling Contracts and Service Agreements, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Short Course on Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing and Development, October 2004

•Debating Your Contract Risk Concerns - Change Orders; Warranties; Indemnity Clauses; Risk Allocation - Can You Get This Right and Stay Competitive?, IQPC Contract Risk Management in Upstream Oil and Gas, July 2004

•Don't Lose Sight of the Big Picture - Making Sure the Indemnity and Insurance Provisions in Your Various Contracts Fit Together, Oil and Gas Agreements: The Exploration Phase, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, May 2004

•Maximizing Indemnity and Insurance Provisions in Contractual Risk Allocation: Making Sure the Basics are Covered and Recognizing and Avoiding Potential Pitfalls, Strategic Research Institute, April 2004

•Energy Resources Oil and Gas Operations Industry Session - Indemnity and Insurance Issues in MSAs, Drilling Contracts, and Construction Contracts, RIMS Annual Conference and Exhibition, April 2004

•Master Service Agreements and Risk Allocation - In Whose Good Hands Are You? Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources for the State Bar of Texas, October 2003

•Maximizing Your Risk Allocation Provisions and Avoiding Potential Pitfalls, IQPC Contract Risk Management, October 2003

•Risk Allocation and The Interrelationship of Master Service Agreements and Drilling Contracts in Offshore Operations, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Short Course - Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing and Development, April 2003

•Maximizing Your Risk Allocation Provisions and Avoiding Potential Pitfalls, Strategic Research Institute 8th Annual Contract Risk Management, April 2003

•Key Considerations in Construction Contracts Related to Deepwater Operations, 54th Annual Program on Oil and Gas Law, Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law, February 2003

•Indemnity Basics and Perspectives from the Frontlines, The Energy Law Institute, South Texas College of Law, August 2002

•Master Service Agreements and Risk Allocation - In Whose Good Hands Are You?, 48th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, July 2002

•Putting It All Together - Maximizing Enforceable Contractual Risk Allocation, Strategic Research Institute 7th Annual Contract Risk Management for the Oil and Gas Industry, April 2002

•Drafting Enforceable Indemnity Provisions and Maximizing Indemnity and Insurance Protection, 6th Annual Strategic Research Institute on Contract Risk Management for the Oil and Gas Industry, April 2001

•Drafting Enforceable Indemnity Provisions and Maximizing Indemnity and Insurance Protection, Strategic Research Institute 5th Annual Conference on Contract Risk Management for the Oil and Gas Industry, April 2000

•You Can't Always Get What You Want, But You Can Avoid Costly Mistakes - Insurance Issues for Oil and Gas Operators, 45th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, July 1999

•Maximizing Effective Contractual Risk Allocation, Strategic Research Institute's 4th Annual Contract Risk Management Conference, April 1999

•The IADC Offshore Drilling Contract, PLANO's Tenth Annual Oil and Gas Seminar, February 1999

•The IADC Offshore Drilling Contract, OCS Special Institute on Oil and Gas Development on the Outer Continental Shelf for the Rocky Mountain Law Institute, October 1998

•Filling the Contractual Gaps in the Oil and Gas Industry, Strategic Research Institute's Third Annual Contract Risk Management Symposium, April 1998

•New Frontiers - Indemnity and Insurance Issues in Deep Water and International Contracts, Liskow & Lewis Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, March 1998

•Turnkey Drilling Contracts, Liskow & Lewis Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, March 1998

•Drafting and Negotiating Contractual Indemnity and Insurance Provisions - Potential Pitfalls Under the IADC Drilling Contract, Liskow & Lewis Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, March 1998

•Drafting and Negotiating Contractual Indemnity and Insurance Provisions - Filling the Gaps and Getting the Protection, Liskow & Lewis Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, March 1998

Publications

•Fifth Circuit Seeks Clarification from Texas Supreme Court Concerning Deepwater Horizon Insurance Dispute, Liskow & Lewis E-Newsletter, October 8, 2013

•Decision Rendered - Controversy Regarding Insuring Against Punitive Damages Continues, Liskow & Lewis E-Newsletter, May 28, 2008

•Determining the 'Adjacent State' for Choice of Law Purposes under OCSLA, Liskow & Lewis E-Newsletter, May 4, 2009


•Texas Has a New Construction Anti-Indemnity Act, But How Will it Work? Liskow & Lewis E-Newsletter, February 28, 2012

•Master Service Agreements and Risk Allocation: in Whose Good Hands Are You? with Harold Flanagan, 48 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst. 14.1, 2002 WL 32143324 (ILP).

•Key Considerations in Construction Projects Related to Deepwater Operations, 54 Inst. On Oil & Gas L. 423, 2003 WL 22250617 (ILP).

•You Can't Always Get What You Want, But You Can Avoid Some Costly Mistakes: Insurance Issues for Oil & Gas Operators, 45 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst. 10-1 (1999).

•The IADC Offshore Drilling, Contract Oil and Gas Development on the Outer Continental Shelf 8-1 (Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Found. 1998).

•Droit Maritime, Droit des etats-Unis, Chapter 26, Precis Dalloz 2d ed. 1994. Chapter on Admiralty and Maritime Law of the United States in Introduction to United States Law, compiled and translated by Prof. Alain A. Levasseur, Louisiana State University Law Center.

•Fifth Circuit Symposium: Admiralty, 37 Loy. L. Rev. 433 (1991).

•Racial Discrimination in Church Schools, 38 La. L. Rev. 874 (1978).

 
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1001 Fannin Street, Suite 1800
HoustonTX 77002




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