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Profile / Mike Bugni

Lawyer, Mediator, Author

By Margaret Doyle Fitzpatrick


Divorce and scandal six men dead. "Get out now Les, this is over your head."

Les McKee, the protagonist in Consumed, the debut novel by Mike Bugni (pronounced Bue-nee), practices law a little differently than Mike. Both are Northwest family law attorneys, committed to representing their clients to the best of their abilities, but Les's life is much more on the edge.

"Borrowing" from his client trust account, lusting after and entering into compromising situations with a client, and being shot at are just a few of the tight spots in which Les finds himself. His client's husband has been involved in the creation of a ground-breaking innovative software device, which he is scheming to keep from his wife in their divorce. Okay, that part of the story is not unusual in Mike's busy practice.

Consumed, to be published by Archway Publishing, an affiliate of Simon & Schuster, will be released on April 12. This project has been a labor of love for Mike on and off for 20 years. He's had to regularly update the technological side of this thriller to keep it current.

He says it has been a lot of fun to use the creative side of his brain, while incorporating his 30 years of experience practicing family law in the land of Microsoft and other software firms. Working with an editor and honing the story for a leisure audience, as opposed to the court, have brought a new perspective to the writing he does on a daily basis for his clients.

Mike's firm is Michael W. Bugni & Associates, PLLC, and is conveniently located in a new building in the Northgate area where the parking is free. The number of lawyers and staff fluctuates, but Mike has had up to 13 lawyers working with him.

The emphasis of the practice is family law, which means divorce, parenting/custody disputes, child support, maintenance (alimony), modification of decrees, post-secondary educational cost issues, domestic violence cases, restraining orders, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, mediations and arbitrations. Because the clients come from everywhere, and do everything, the firm has experience in same-sex marriages and partnerships, parenting, immigration issues, real estate, business valuations, mental health issues, high-profile sports and business cases, criminal and domestic violence cases, legal ethics, professional goodwill, disparate earning capacity situations and estate issues. There is never a dull moment.

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