Michael O. Stephenson, Founder, Bay Area Bicycle Law, has joined The Expert Network©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Mr. Stephenson has been chosen as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career.
Mr. Stephenson outshines others in his field due to his extensive educational background, numerous awards and recognitions, and excellent client representation. He earned his BA from Brown University and graduated top of his class with Honors at the University of Oregon Law School where he was awarded “Most Outstanding Trial Advocate” and the “Pro Bono Award”. Since founding Bay Area Bicycle Law, Mr. Stephenson has additionally earned recognition from the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Lawyers of Distinction, as well as The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys’ 10 Best in Client Satisfaction award and The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 award.
With 10 years of experience dedicated to law, Mr. Stephenson brings a wealth of knowledge to his industry, and, in particular, to his area of specialization, the representation of Northern California’s cyclists. When asked why he decided to pursue a career in law, Mr. Stephenson said:
“I was always interested in law even as a young child. A lot of my favorite movies were about lawyers like To Kill a Mockingbird. After completing my bachelor’s at Brown, I volunteered at an environmental non-profit in India. At the time, I thought I might go into environmental law. But I realized that many cyclists were being represented by general practitioners with relatively little experience working on bicycle collision cases, and I knew I had found my calling.”
Today, the lawyers at Bay Area Bicycle Law are the leading bicycle-accident lawyers and bicycle-insurance lawyers in California. This specialization allows the attorneys to understand intimately the nuances of how traffic laws apply to bicycles and how insurance coverage can most effectively be used to help cyclists injured in a bicycle accident. What’s more, by focusing on bike crash cases, Mr. Stephenson and his team are very familiar with the tactics insurance companies use to deny bicycle crash claims and understand how the California Vehicle Code affects clients’ cases.
As a thought-leader in his field, it is essential that Mr. Stephenson remain on the cutting-edge of industry developments. Recently, he has been paying attention to the complications caused by the rise of Uber and driverless cars:
“Uber is a big concern because not only are there many cyclists getting hit by Uber drivers, but it’s also complicated when that happens because the driver isn’t necessarily an employee of Uber. Their status is being debated right now. What’s more, Uber may try to argue that it’s their passenger’s fault. So it can get messy. We’re definitely keeping an eye on the driverless car situation as well. We haven’t had any cases yet where one of our clients was hit by a driverless car, but there aren’t that many of them out there yet. We’re making sure we are on the forefront of that debate, because it will be important to our clients before we know it.”