Friday, July 20, 2001 | 10:48 a.m.
A Las Vegas attorney retained by San Francisco businessman Luke Brugnara to help him apply for a gaming license to reopen the Strip's Silver City casino has sued to recover $15,130 in alleged unpaid legal fees.
Nikolas Mastrangelo, who said Brugnara's company, Brugnara Properties IV LLC, retained him in October and agreed to pay him $250 an hour, filed suit in Clark County District Court on Wednesday.
But Brugnara, who said he retained Mastrangelo for six months to help him get a gaming license for Silver City, disputed Mastrangelo's charges.
"There are no fees due to Mastrangelo," Brugnara said. "The hourly services were paid timely. In fact, there is a refund of at least $10,000 due to me from a $25,000 retainer fee that I paid him at the inception of his legal services, but from which he didn't apply credit to."
Brugnara said he is now in the process of reapplying for a gaming license for Silver City after his application was denied in March by the Nevada Gaming Commission, following a recommendation from the state Gaming Control Board.