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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

4.9 out of 5 stars

Alan Sonneman

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Without the efforts OF BABL I would never have received compensation for my accident. They were excellent advocates and obtained a reasonable settlement for my injuries. The always responded promptly to my inquires and were transparent in their costs and procedures. Good people who were a pleasure...

Isley Gao

5 out of 5 stars

posted a month ago

I was hit by a car doing a right turn at an intersection while I was on my bike in Aug 2018. I reached out to Bay Area Bicycle Law and Michelle Weiss worked with me to gather information and submit a claim on my behalf. We reached a settlement agreement with the insurance company which I felt was...

John Williams

5 out of 5 stars

posted a month ago

Michelle Weiss took over my case after the insurance gave me the run around, kept loosing my papers, 4 different adjusters. I was injured and in trouble! I am big and strong and yet was completely helpless. I was completely overwhelmed, trying to both physically and mentally recover and defend...

Stephaniewasloski Wasloski

5 out of 5 stars

posted a month ago

I had an excellent experience working with Bay Area Bicycle law! They hung in there with me to get a fair settlement. Recommend, recommend, recommend :-)

Yelp Reviews
Yelp Reviews
Bay Area Bicycle Law

5 out of 5 stars

John W.

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Michelle Weiss took over my case after the insurance gave me the run around, kept loosing my papers, 4 different adjusters. I was injured and in trouble! I...

Alan S.

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

BABL are great! They were able to track down another cyclist that hit me and make a case to his insurance company for compensation. They always responded to...