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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

Cristian Garcia

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I was hit by a car while cycling home after a 40 mile ride. The driver did not report the incident to his insurance. I had to report it. I've been dealing with one of Farmers agents who never calls me back on the days HE says he's going to. Complete lack of professionalism on Farmers part. I had to...

Jenya Anderzhanova

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

James has been so helpful. He guided me through the whole process with patience and care. He answered multiple emails with great tips and suggestions. They are very knowledgeable and honest. I did feel like I am in good hands of professionals who care for your well being and your stress level. Thank...

Martin Szwarc

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 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 Laflamme

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Fantastic experience. Prompt contact after submitting my online inquiry. Follow up with an email later as well. I had already passed my court date, but I am kicking myself for not contacting them beforehand. Absolute friendly and easy connection. Don't wait like I did. Contact them...

Tim Victor

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I was hit in March of 2018 in San Jose. Within days, I was up to my neck in debt, having surgery and unsure on how to proceed. I contacted Bay Area Bicycle Law with a brief description of what happened and the police report. It amazes me the amount of compassion and understanding Lucy Allen...

Yelp Reviews
Yelp Reviews
Bay Area Bicycle Law

5 out of 5 stars

Kia H.

5 out of 5 stars

posted one month 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...

Paul C.

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

I reached out for a free consultation after an accident that left me confused how to proceed legally and with insurance. Their online chat service scheduled...

Christopher H.

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

Out of Bad Times, Comes Good People. I was in a bicycle accident. I didn't know what to do. Insurance companies were already calling me after a couple days...


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