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April 20, 2019

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Attorney sues for legal fees

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.