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Benjamin Thomas Dixon Pugh

Criminal defense Attorney at Covington, KY

4.6   14 reviews

also known as Tom Pugh

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Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Kentucky - KY 12 years
    Ohio - OH 13 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State KY
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Benjamin

Learn Benjamin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Business litigation, contract disputes, commercial collections, business formation, negotiation, commercial real estate litigation, employment issues, premise liability defense, and corporate/business defense

    14 years, 80 cases

  2. Civil rights
    Excessive force, police brutality, wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution, constitutional violations, prison abuse, PLRA, deliberate indifference, wrongful death, and other civil rights issues

    14 years, 75 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    Misdemeanors, felonies, federal crimes, white collar crimes, theft, embezzlement, drug crimes, and other serious crimes

    14 years, 120 cases

  4. Insurance
    Coverage issues, declaratory actions, commercial insurance defense, bad faith insurance claims, UCSPA, insurance policy interpretation, subrogation

    14 years, 60 cases

  5. Personal injury
    car accidents, slip and falls, assaults, medical malpractice, products liability, wrongful death, and dealing with insurance companies

    14 years, 110 cases


Benjamin "Tom" Pugh was admitted to practice in 2010 and is a founding partner of Pugh & Roach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC. He is licensed in both Ohio and Kentucky. He has extensive insurance experience after spending three years in the industry. During law school, he externed with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy serving in the Kentucky Innocence Project. Tom focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense, civil rights, personal injury, insurance defense, business litigation, and various other areas of law. Tom was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Northern Kentucky. He currently lives in Cincinnati.


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Pugh & Roach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC


4.6 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Darnell | June 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome person, excellent lawyer
After losing faith in my lawyers in my hometown & interviewing over 30 lawyers I came across Tom & his law firm, Pugh & Roach. I was facing a serious charge that I did not commit for over 3 years and hired Pugh & Roach to represent me in the last 4 months of my court process. We ended up going to trial for over 3 days & beating the charge, not only saving my freedom but essentially my life. I am forever grateful for Tom & his legal team & would recommend then to anyone in need of genuine help. Thank you Tom.
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Posted by Phyllis | June 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
In our time of extreme need.
We came within seconds of losing my husband to a wrong way drunk driver in January 2016. We had no idea where to turn or how these matters should be handled. We did know that we would be facing massive hospital bills. No where near the man he was and adjusting every retirement dream, my husband had to come first. My niece recommend we call Tom, who she had dealt with on other cases and see if he could spear head and handle all the insurance and billings that would rapidly be coming our way. Tom put us at ease so that we could care for him my husband and support him in the many long months it took to heal. Tom and his staff took over and became part of this healing and support process. They took everything off our plate. We never saw a bill, answered a harassing phone call or anything that would distract from his healing. The case if finally closed with all legal holes closed and obligations met. We face no future obligations and he made sure we received at least some compensation. THE BEST. Would recommend him to anyone who wants a caring and dedicated attorney.
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Posted by Jeff | July 23, 2021
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Jeff D
Excellent firm, excellent results. Very knowledgeable and professional. Everything was explained in a manner that I could understand and was made to feel right at home. I would hire Benjamin in a heartbeat.
Posted by Rachel | November 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent advice
He gave me clear instructions on what to do, which I would never have known without his advice. Thanks so much !
Response from Benjamin Pugh November 27, 2017
You are welcome.
Posted by Sheilah Kimble | September 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Advice
Because Mr. Pugh is not licensed in my state, he was honest and upfront. He suggested what type of attorney I should seek and if I was not successful with finding an attorney to contact my state bar association for referrals. I thank Mr. Pugh for his honesty.
Response from Benjamin Pugh September 13, 2017
Thank you for the kinds words. Wish I could have helped you more!
Posted by Samanth | June 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I am extremely happy with Mr. Pugh
Mr. Pugh has become family! He has traveled to my home when I was not able to come to him! He is wonderful when it comes to taking up for his clients! He keeps me well informed with everything going on in my case and takes the time to answer all my questions and explains everything that I do not understand! I would reccomend Pugh & Roach to anyone in need of legal advice!
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Posted by Halena | June 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Will Contest and Probate
Mr. Pugh effectively and conscientiously represented me and the estate of my relative in a professional and beneficial manner. Honest and diplomatic in all communications and actions. Easy to approach -- attentive and prompt in responses. We are very happy with his performance.
Posted by Steve | June 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Tom was hired to help collect monies due to our company, he was very direct and gave us options, he definitely looked out for our best interest and not the Billable hours, many attorneys will do whatever they can to stretch out the case. Tom was successful in collecting our payment. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney!
Tom is an excellent attorney who has been heading our very complicated lawsuit for a few years now. He is dedicated, well-educated, and has put a LOT of time in to our case. He's also funny and easy to talk to, which really helps because dealing with lawsuits is usually not an enjoyable experience.
Posted by Rob | June 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Tom has been handling the legal needs of my company since he passed the bar exam. As well as being very knowledgeable, he is meticulous about he facts. He acts with honesty, integrity, and passion that shows through his work ethic.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you for excellent service.
Mr. Pugh provided me with excellent consulting service, which allowed me to navigate a rather sticky situation and because of him, I was able to achieve the desired result. Mr. Pugh was genuinely concerned about my well-being and the outcome of the situation I was in. He was very knowledgeable on the subject at hand and really took the time to talk me through the situation, ease my concerns, and educate me on what the outcomes could be and what actions to take. If I was ever in need of a Lawyer, for any situation. Mr. Pugh is the first person I would call. Thanks again!
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful and informative
Benjamin was extremely helpful in helping me prepare for a court hearing. He was very friendly and easy to talk to. Highly recommend.
Response from Benjamin Pugh December 6, 2016
Thank you!
Posted by John | August 16, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Advice sought on Assault
Very nice gentleman and we only conversed through email. Don't talk to police and get an attorney is just information and I can learn from my cat. He meant well but that type of general information is one size fits all.
Response from Benjamin Pugh August 17, 2019
I’m sorry you feel that way. It sounds like I answered a question for you for free on AVVOs forum. Although I do not remember the specifics, that is the correct answer 80% of the time for typical questions on this forum . Legal issues are usually too complex to analyze from a few sentences in a question, and if questions are too complex, then the default answer will most certainly be contact a lawyer. Whether you were the victim of the assault or you allegedly committed the assault (or any fact pattern relating to an assault), you would need to have a lawyer look at it in depth. Assaults are not as cut and dry as most would think. Many times, people do not want to hear that they need a lawyer and think they can handle the legal issue themselves. And you are right, that advice is one size fits all, and is usually the best advice that I can give in a short time frame, for free, so that I can focus my efforts on current clients. Take care.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The way he talks to people is arrogant and unprofessional. Very rude and very pessimistic. Not someone I’d want to hire for sure. I don’t want a lawyer who looks only at the bad side of statistics and makes pessimistic expectations the norm. You have to be able to be optimistic and manifest the good vibes. Even if you don’t believe that it will be a favorable outcome.
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Response from Benjamin Pugh August 24, 2021
I’m not sure which interaction your experience is coming from, whether a question I answered for free on AVVO or a phone conversation during a free consultation. Anyway I’m sorry you feel that way. I have to be honest when I am evaluating a legal issue, even if it means giving you bad news. Feel free to call me if you wish to discuss your concerns.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pugh & Roach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate
  • O'hara, Ruberg, Taylor, Sloan & Sergent
  • 2010 - 2015


  • Northern Kentucky University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Cincinnati
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Lamb v. Wehrman & Wehrman, 2012 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 799
  • Affirmed trial court


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association, LexLoci
  • Committee Member
  • 2015 - 2017

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Nick of Time Award
  • Northern Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers
  • 2012


  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • Attorney Profile - Arnold Taylor
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (7)
Endorse Benjamin
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Tom for more than eight years, both in our firm and while we worked for separate firms. You will not find another lawyer that cares as much for his clients or puts more effort into their cases. I have seen the results of his efforts even in matters in which most attorneys would just roll through the motions. One example of Tom's work ethic is his attention, preparation, and arguing on behalf of his clients at probation or diversion violation hearings. On numerous occasions, I have seen Tom start work immediately to develop arguments for why our clients should remain on diversion or probation. He meets with our clients, truly listens to their concerns, and answers any questions they may have. He collects evidence from clients and develops his arguments immediately upon hiring. His attention to detail and work ethic are driven, in part, by his empathy. He cares for his clients in large and small matters, leading to excellent results for our clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Pugh is an excellent advocate for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him to a client in need. He is also an asset to the Avvo Community, providing invaluable resources to those seeking help."
General practice Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. He was an associate of our firm for several years before leaving to establish his own firm. He was always diligent and accurate in his work and always has the best interests of his client in mind."
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tom for a number of years. He is diligent, conscientious, ethical, and hard working. He has experience in a number of areas and is a well-rounded lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Fabulous hard working attorney. I highly recommend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Pugh provides well-reasoned comments and sound advice."
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Covington Criminal defense Lawyer Benjamin Thomas Dixon Pugh
Benjamin Thomas Dixon Pugh
Criminal defense Attorney
Covington, KY
Licensed for 13 years
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