Benjamin P. Pugh

Benjamin P. Pugh

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Areas of Practice

Appeals and Writs
Complex Business Litigation
Corporate and Securities Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Probate and Trust Litigation
Real Property Litigation

Benjamin Pugh joined Enterprise Counsel Group in 1999 and became its youngest partner in 2004.  He is widely regarded as one of Orange County’s top litigators and appellate advocates, amassing a success rate at trial of over 95%, over a two-thirds success rate before the California Court of Appeal, including a 50% success rate representing the appellant (the overall success rate for appeals is approximately 10%), and six published appellate decisions.  Mr. Pugh has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation in both state and federal courts in California, Nevada, Colorado, Delaware, New York, and other jurisdictions.

Mr. Pugh’s clients include judges, other law firms, public companies, hospitals, universities, local cities, private companies, start-up companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and public interest groups.

Mr. Pugh has been a Guest Lecturer at Pepperdine Law School and California State University Long Beach College of Business Administration.

His representative trial victories include:

  • Obtained a Writ of Mandate voiding a $22 Million trash collection contract with the City of Los Alamitos procured in violation of the city’s competitive bidding laws.
  • Enforced the document inspection rights of Irvine City Council Members Steven Choi and Christina Shea against Orange County Great Park Corporation.
  • Successfully defended a challenged election of directors of a local homeowners’ association.
  • Enforced a shareholder buy-sell agreement leading to a favorable settlement immediately prior to closing arguments.
  • In representing a publicly traded healthcare corporation, successfully prosecuted two trials for breach of a settlement agreement by the client’s former labor attorney.
  • Enforced a nuisance claim against a neighboring property owner.
  • Successfully prosecuted a petition to recover attorneys’ fees incurred for the benefit of a conservatee’s trust.
  • In a breach of contract action, successfully eliminated charges to which clients objected.
  • Successfully prosecuted breach of professional fee agreement.
  • Representing entertainment company, successfully prosecuted breach of contract claim with consequential damages award.
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California 
  • Barnes, Crosby, FitzGerald & Zeman, LLP v. Ringler et al., 212 Cal. App. 4th 172 (2012)
  • Choi v. Orange County Great Park Corp., 175 Cal. App. 4th 524 (2009)
  • Ekstrom v. Marquesa at Monarch Beach Homeowners Association, 168 Cal. App. 4th 1111 (2008)
  • Saline v. Superior Court, 100 Cal. App. 4th 909 (2002)
  • Osseous Technologies of America, Inc. v. DiscoveryOrtho Partners LLC, 191 Cal. App. 4th 357 (2010)

  • Southern California Sunbelt Developers, Inc. v. Banyan Limited Partnership, 8 Cal. App. 5th 910 (2017)

  • Osseous Technologies of America, Inc. v. DiscoveryOrtho Partners LLC, 191 Cal. App. 4th 357 (2010)

  • Southern California Sunbelt Developers, Inc. v. Banyan Limited Partnership, 8 Cal. App. 5th 910 (2017)

Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana
J.D. – 1998
Honors: Dean’s List (Fall 1997, Spring 1998)

University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. – 1995
Major: Philosophy

  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Federalist Society, Orange County Chapter, Board of Directors
  • Atlas Political Action Committee, Board Member and Chairman of the Endorsements Committee