HARRISBURG (April 29, 2016) - William H. Pugh V of Erdenheim, managing partner of the law firm of Kane, Pugh, Knoell, Troy & Kramer L.L.P. in Norristown and Philadelphia, will become the immediate past president of the 27,000-member Pennsylvania Bar Association at the conclusion of the PBA Annual Meeting May 13 in Hershey.
Pugh is a former Zone 9 Governor on the PBA Board of Governors representing Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery county lawyers. He served as co-chair of the PBA Diversity Task Force. Pugh is a member of the PBA Planning Committee, the PBA House of Delegates and the PBA Civil Litigation Section. He is a life fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and a member of the Keystone Society.
Pugh is a former president of the Montgomery Bar Association, where he chaired the CLE Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Program and Events Committee and the Montgomery County Law Reporter Committee. He was the editor of the Montgomery County Law Reporter from 1992 - 94. He also served as president of the MBA Political Action Committee. In 2007, Pugh was the president of the Montgomery Bar Foundation, of which he is a life fellow and a member of the Stefan and Taxis circles.
Pugh is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He was named "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2007 by the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association, of which he served as president in 1999. He also is a member of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, the Defense Research Institute and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" from 2005 through 2015.
Pugh is a member of the board of directors of the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project. He is on the pastoral council of St. Genevieve Parish, where he served as president of the Catholic Youth Organization from 1999 to 2006. He also is a member of the President's Council and the Purple and Gold Club of Mount Saint Joseph Academy and is a member of the development advisory board of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
Pugh is a graduate of the University of Richmond and the Villanova University School of Law.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.