Tel: 520-623-4353


Civil Litigation
Professional Liability
Medical Malpractice


Dottie Bugey

Michele G. Thompson practices in the area of civil litigation, including general negligence, medical malpractice, and personal injury. She focuses her practice on representing hospitals, physicians, employers and other insureds in complex litigation. Ms. Thompson has represented healthcare providers, including physicians, dentists, and nurses before regulatory agencies on matters concerning discipline and licensure. She has also represented healthcare providers in responding to HIPAA violations before the Office for Civil Rights as well as assisted providers in breach notifications required under the HITECH Act. Michele consults with physicians and health care entities in various regulations and issues relating to Medicare, DEA, and STARK. She has presented several seminars and in-house training on various HIPAA issues.


Representative Matters:

  • Defends healthcare providers in medical malpractice litigation.
  • Represents national insurance carriers and insureds in personal injury and general negligence.
  • Represents major corporations and small businesses in litigation involving discrimination, wrongful termination and personal injury claims.
  • Represents healthcare providers before regulatory agencies.



University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., 1999)

University of Arizona,(B.A., Psychology, magna cum laude, 1996)


Court Admissions / Memberships:

Arizona State Courts                                                       State Bar of Arizona

U.S. District Court of Arizona                                       Pima County Bar Association

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals                           Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers

Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Board Member

Tucson Defense Bar

Arizona Women Lawyers Association

Defense Research Institute


Published Decisions:

Miller v. Kelly, 212 Ariz. 283, 130 P.3d 982 (App. 2006)


Presentations & Publications:

Actions Speak Louder than Words…A Seminar on Non-Verbal Communication, State Bar of Arizona, August 2007 (Speaker)

Practical Implications of HIPAA in Litigation, Lorman Education Services, December 2008 (Speaker)

Legislative Update – State and Federal, including new HIPAA Regulations, Arizona Society Healthcare Risk Management, September 2009 (Speaker)

Medical Records Law, Lorman Education Services, May 2010 (Speaker)

Bouncing Back from a Burglary: How to Survive a HIPAA Nightmare, Leslie Burling-Phillips, EyeNet Magazine (American Academy of Ophthalmology), January 2013 (Interviewee)

Untangling Your Client’s Breach Notification Under HITECH, Common Defense (Arizona Association of Defense Counsel), Fall 2013 (Author)