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About Me

Michael J Paukert is Chair of the Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights group at Paukert & Troppmann PLLC.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of business bankruptcy, commercial transactions and adult care facility abuse and neglect. Mike received his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law, Magna Cum Laude. He is admitted to practice law in Washington and Idaho. He has been named one of the best bankruptcy lawyers in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.


Practice Areas


  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 40%
    25 years
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
  3. Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: 20%
  4. Foreclosure: 10%
  5. Real Estate: 10%



Hourly ($225-300/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Garth Nicholas Bergh

    I endorse Mike.We worked closely together for several years enforcing agricultural mortgages. I handled the real estate issues and Mike handled bankruptcy issues. Mike is knowledgeable, thorough and effective. At the same time Mike is practical, pleasant to work with and a good person.


    Garth Bergh Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Paukert & Troppmann PLLC

522 W. Riverside Ave.
Suite 560
Spokane, WA, 99201


IDAuthorized to practice law199110/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top LawyerSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top LawyerSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2013
Top LawyerSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top LawyerSpokane Coeur d"Alene Living Magazine2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Top LawyerSpokane Coeur d"Alene Living Magazine2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Top LawyerSpokane Coeur d"Alene Living Magazine2009
Top 100 LawyerSpokane Coeur d"Alene Living Magazine2008
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Best Lawyer in Spokane & Coeur d'Alene - BankruptcySpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2007
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
Norman Cohen Hope AwardNational Multiple Sclerosis SocietyN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerPaukert & Troppmann PLLC2009 - Present
AttorneyJames, Vernon & Weeks P.A.2007 - 2008
PartnerPaine Hamblen LLP1990 - 2007
AssociatePaine, Hamblen, Coffin, Brooke & Miller LLP1990 - 1997
InternSouthwell & O'Rourke1988 - 1990
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor SectionBoard Member2014 - Present
Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District Ratepayer Advisory BoardBoard Member2014 - Present
Westwood Homeowners' AssociationPresident2006 - 2011
National Multiple Sclerosis AssociationBoard Chair2000 - 2000
National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyBoard member1994 - 2000
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1991 - Present
Idaho State BarMember1991 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Debtor Creditor SectionMember1990 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Federal Bar Association Eastern District WashingtonMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re The Catholic Bishop of SpokaneN/A
Elder Neglect & Wrongful Death$800,000 Settlement
Elder Neglect & Wrongful Death$500,000.00 Settlement
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Publication NameTitleDate
Washington Civil Procedure DeskbookRule 69 Execution2002
Washington Commercial Law DeskbookRemedies1995
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude1990
University of Puget SoundN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Student WorkshopIntegrating Work and Life: Law School and Beyond2015
Student WorkshopWork Life Balance2014
WSBA CLEJudgments: You've Won! Now What? Post judgment remedies.2009
WSBA CLEJudgments: You Won! What's Next?2007
Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual MeetingProcessor Liens and Grower Contracts2007
East-West Bankruptcy Judges ConferenceBankruptcy2004
Protecting Creditors from BankruptcyBankruptcyN/A
Foreclosing, Protecting and Defending Against LiensBankruptcyN/A
Essential of Advising the Small BuusinessBankruptcyN/A