“I work with companies to develop comprehensive contracts that maximize risk allocation, including indemnity and insurance protection. I help structure a master risk allocation program that runs through complex, multi-party operational contracts. My goal is to evaluate risk and the allocation of fault in advance to the extent possible – and avoid fighting over who or what’s at fault during any litigation. When there’s a fight, there’s greater risk of higher judgments.”
Bill Pugh handles complex maritime and energy-related matters for oil and gas producers and other Texas, Louisiana and Gulf region businesses, including contract disputes, insurance disputes and energy transactions. He has earned a reputation for responsiveness, an ability to translate complicated concepts and for having extensive, pioneering experience analyzing, drafting and reviewing sophisticated energy-related contracts and insurance, indemnity and other contract issues.
His practice includes master service agreements, onshore and offshore drilling contracts, charters, flight service agreements, onshore and offshore construction contracts and other maritime and energy-related agreements. He has also helped international and domestic corporations, which often become Bill’s long-term clients, integrate their contracts internally and following mergers or assignment of contracts (such as drilling contracts).
“Anti-indemnity statutes vary from state to state,” Bill notes, “often with nuanced pitfalls. One of my jobs is to offer our client ways to maximize its allocation of risk through indemnity and insurance.”