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Michael Olaf Stephenson

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Firm Name
Bay Area Bicycle Law
409 13th Street
Address 2
Floor 14
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Oakland, CA 94612

Areas of Practice
Personal Injury Litigation
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409 13th Street, Oakland, CA, USA
Full Biography

Michael Stephenson, founder and Senior Attorney at Bay Area Bicycle Law, began his career trying misdemeanor cases in Oregon as a public defender in 2007. Mr. Stephenson’s legal skills have been praised in open court by both state and federal judges, by opposing lawyers, and, of course, by his clients and their families. He is himself a skilled cyclist and is an expert at proving liability and damages in cases where a cyclist has been injured. In his spare time, he volunteers as a legal counsel for bicycle advocacy groups in California, including California Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and others.

Prior to founding Bay Area Bicycle Law, Mr. Stephenson worked for Davis Wright Tremaine (DWT), one of the top 100 law firms in the United States, at its Portland, Oregon office.  During his time at DWT, he worked on many high-profile lawsuits involving some of the largest companies in the United States. He left DWT in January of 2010 to return to the San Francisco Bay Area and work exclusively on behalf of cyclists.

Mr. Stephenson’s legal writings have been featured in bicycle coalition newsletters, the State Bar Litigation Journal, the State Bar Professional Liability Newsletter, the Portland Business Journal, and other publications.

In law school, Mr. Stephenson was awarded “Most Outstanding Trial Advocate” at the American Trial Lawyers Association’s (now The American Association for Justice) West Coast Regional Trial Championships. He graduated top of his class with Honors at the University of Oregon Law School and was a Managing Editor of the Law Review. During law school he was also an extern for the Honorable Ann Aiken, the Chief Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Oregon District Federal Court. Mr. Stephenson was awarded the law school’s “Pro Bono Award” in recognition of his substantial volunteer legal work in defending low-income clients in hearings and jury trials in state court. Mr. Stephenson earned his Bachelor’s degree in three years at Brown University, Rhode Island.

Practice Summary
Practice Overview

Bay Area Bicycle Law is the only firm in Northern California to specialize exclusively in representing cyclists. The firm's attorneys have extensive experience working on bicycle crash cases.

Michael Stephenson started Bay Area Bicycle Law after moving to San Francisco in 2010. With a passion for cycling and for representing those most vulnerable on the roads of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Stephenson realized that many cyclists were being represented by general practitioners with relatively little experience working on bicycle collision cases. Some of these attorneys failed to appreciate the nuances of how traffic laws apply to bicycles or how insurance coverage can most effectively be used to help cyclists injured in a bicycle accident. 

Outside of the courtroom, the firm's attorneys regularly participate in bike coalition sponsored events, teaching community members about bicycle laws and safety. By speaking with members of the community, the attorneys learn about the unique challenges cyclists face on the roadways and how to best situate their work to fit the community’s needs.

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Google Reviews
Google Reviews
Bay Area Bicycle Law

409 13th St floor 14, Oakland, CA 94612, USA

(415) 466-8717

5 out of 5 stars

James Robinson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Was super helpful! Gave me a quick free consultation regarding a bike collision. Friendly and informative.

Kiana Hosseini

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

Truly glad I contacted BABL after my bike accident (car turned into bike lane in front of me). James helped me with the case until we reached a *very* good settlement with the insurance company. While dealing with an insurance company could be a long and complicated process, James made it really...

Martin Szwarc

5 out of 5 stars

posted 7 months ago

After getting doored and being incorrectly informed by the police officer to contact my insurance company to handle it, I made the right call to reach out to Bay Area Bicycle Law. Kyle was able to clearly explain my options for correctly dealing with the situation. The level of knowledge and...

Michael Kim

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle and sustained injuries. I was dreading the thought of dealing with the other party's insurance company while recovering so I looked into possibly getting legal representation. My wife actually found BABL and told me of their free phone consultation. Best...

Sandra Caballero

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Kyle was absolutely incredible. I called the Bay Area Bicycle Lawyer after I got hit by a car and had absolutely no idea about how to get compensated. He called me back and gave me a super clear action plan on what to do. He calmed down so many of my worries and and have me practical next steps. ...

Yelp Reviews
Yelp Reviews
Bay Area Bicycle Law

5 out of 5 stars

Albert C.

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

My father was involved in a bike + car accident, and I came across BABL while searching around online. Reaching out for the free consultation was probably...

Lauryn M.

5 out of 5 stars

posted 7 days ago

If it weren't for Kyle Smith at Bay Area Bicycle Law, I would've been running in circles to get Uber to take responsibility for hitting me for a very long...

Kia H.

5 out of 5 stars

posted 7 months ago

Truly glad I contacted BABL after my bike accident (car turned into bike lane in front of me). James helped me with the case until we reached a *very* good...