April 01, 2020
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Mr. Scruggs has been diligently and successfully representing clients in the Northwest for over two decades. Michael's broad range of experience includes litigation on behalf of companies and individuals in the areas of business, insurance, real estate, contracts, construction, personal injury, shareholder and LLC member disputes, as well as many other areas. In addition to his litigation and trial experience, Mr. Scruggs regularly handles transactional matters such as business purchase and sale agreements, real estate transactions, business entity formations, contracts, leases, etc.
Mr. Scruggs has successfully litigated a wide and diverse range of cases, including a recent commercial dispute in which he saved his client more than $150 million over the remaining term of a commercial lease. He has litigated complex and difficult matters such as the Pang warehouse fire insurance coverage litigation, a multi-million-dollar wrongful death action involving Washington's largest public utility district, the Tent City 4 encampment dispute, and TEDRA matters involving distribution of partnership property.
He has represented sellers in the sale of buildings located in the heart of downtown Seattle, assisted developers in purchasing and developing suburban land and represented numerous clients in the purchase and sale of businesses ranging from marine electronics products to veterinary practices.
Mr. Scruggs is an experienced and accomplished trial lawyer, having tried numerous jury and bench trials to verdict in both State and Federal courts. He also regularly serves as arbitrator appointed by King County and other Superior Courts throughout the State of Washington.
Michael played music professionally full time from 1979 through 1986 while completing his undergraduate degree. (Yes, even though he's a drummer, he still considers himself a musician.) From old time rock and roll to jazz, you will still find him playing drums occasionally throughout the Northwest with The Great Pretenders and various other local acts and musical productions.
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1990
University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law, 1989, Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude
American Jurisprudence Awards in Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Corporations and Jurisprudence
Law Review, Member, 1987–1988
Law Review, Note and Comment Editor, 1988–1989
University of Washington, 1986, BA in Philosophy
Washington State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
SODO BIA Board Member
American Bar Association
Past Member, Puget Sound Inns of Court
Editor, Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, 1992–1998
Author, Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, Evidence Chapter, 1992-2016
Mr. Scruggs has presented numerous continuing education courses in the areas of evidence, discovery, trial preparation, ethics, and various litigation subjects.
Ruby divides her time between acting as Assistant Firm Greeter and Chief Security Officer.