Steven Pugh
  • Office: 1900 Barnwell St. 
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 7788 
  • Columbia, SC 29202
  • Contact Steve’s Legal Assistant 
  • 803.253.8688 
  • Steven J. Pugh 

  • Managing Shareholder 
  • Columbia Office
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation 
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance Defense 
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation
  • Toxic Torts - Asbestos
  • Transportation Law
  • Medical Device Litigation 
  • The Citadel (B.A., English, with honors, 1987) 
  • The University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1990)
Bar Admissions
  • 1990, Texas 
  • 1997, South Carolina 
  • 2001, North Carolina 
  • 1991, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas 
  • 1993, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas 
  • 1998, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina 
  • 2006, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 
  • 2009, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

Steven J. Pugh is a shareholder of Richardson Plowden and practices in the Columbia office. He also serves as the Firm’s managing shareholder. His law practice includes civil litigation, the defense of product liability claims, toxic torts-asbestos, insurance defense, pharmaceutical litigation, transportation law, and medical device litigation. Mr. Pugh and other Richardson Plowden attorneys stand ready to respond to accident scenes and direct the investigation with the appropriate resources on a 24-hour basis.

Mr. Pugh’s experience includes:

  • Obtained summary judgment in an alleged wrongful death, prescription refill case.
  • Trial counsel in a pharmaceutical case wherein the state was seeking penalties in excess of $2 billion.
  • Lead counsel in the defense of a salmonella class action with more than 1,000 claimants, including several death claims. 
  • Successfully tried and subsequently argued the appeal in the South Carolina Supreme Court of a multi-million dollar commercial foreclosure case. 
  • Obtained a directed verdict in the defense of a wrongful death case filed by the parents of a sixteen-year old who allegedly became intoxicated at work. 
  • Directed the investigation of a multi-million dollar fabric mill fire on behalf of the manufacturer of an allegedly defective loom, which resulted in no claim ever being asserted against the manufacturer. 
  • Negotiated the favorable resolution of a wrongful death and severe personal injury action arising out of an apartment complex fire due to alleged incompatible wiring and receptacles. 
  • Obtained the outright dismissal of a significant personal injury suit arising from a tractor-trailer accident. 
  • Has represented several manufacturers in more than 1,000 asbestos cases in South Carolina and the MDL. 
  • Has represented numerous entities in hundreds of silica cases in South Carolina.
Other Professional
  • South Carolina Bar 
  • North Carolina Bar Association 
  • State Bar of Texas 
  • Richland County Bar Association 
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association 
  • International Association of Defense Counsel 
  • The Harmonie Group, Committee Member
Awards, Honors, Accolades
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  • 2019-2016 South Carolina Super Lawyer for Civil Litigation Defense
  • 2019-2016, Listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Products Liability Litigation
  • Selected as Midlands Legal Elite for Civil Litigation by Greater Columbia Business Monthly 2015, 2013
  • Rated AV Preeminent® for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized with 2011 Leadership in Law award by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly