Cary Douglas Pugh

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Cary Pugh
Judge of the United States Tax Court
Assumed office
December 16, 2014
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Robert Wherry
Personal details
Born August 1966 (age 51)
Alma mater Duke University
Stanford University
University of Virginia

Cary Douglas Pugh (born August 1966) is a Judge of the United States Tax Court.


Pugh received a Artium Baccalaureus degree, magna cum laude, in 1987, from Duke University, a Master of Arts degree, in 1988, from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate, in 1994, from the university of Virginia School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif. She served as a law clerk to Judge Jackson L. Kiser of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia from 1994 to 1995. She was an associate at Vinson & Elkins, LLP from 1995 to 1999. From 1999 to 2002, she served as Tax Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Finance, advising committee members on individual and corporate tax issues. From 2002 to 2005, she was the Special Counsel to the Chief Counsel of the United States Internal Revenue Service. Since 2005, she has served as counsel in the tax department at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP.[1][2]

Faculty service[edit]

Pugh has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Law's Master of Laws program.[3]

United States Tax Court[edit]

On June 9, 2014, President Obama nominated Pugh to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years, to the seat vacated by Judge Robert Wherry who retired from the court.[4] On November 20, 2014 the United States Senate confirmed her by voice vote.

Following confirmation, she was appointed by President Barack Obama as Judge of the United States Tax Court, on December 16, 2014 for a term ending December 15, 2029.

See also[edit]


Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Wherry
Judge of the United States Tax Court