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Mr. Michael O. Stevens

Mr. Michael O. Stevens

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  • Construction Law, Employment Law, Insurance Claims...
  • Oregon, U.S. District of Oregon
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Michael Stevens has a background in insurance defense representing individuals to large corporations in a wide variety of cases from personal injury to wrongful death and construction defects. He handled cases with values of as much as $4 million, and drafted many successful motions for summary judgment. An Oregon native, he graduated from Oregon State University with his bachelor’s degree and earned his juris doctorate at Willamette University College of Law in Salem in 2009. At Willamette he was an editor and writer for Willamette Law Online and the Web & Publication Editor for the Willamette Sports Law Journal. He is married with two daughters and lives in Hillsboro.

Most of his practice consists of personal injuries (auto accidents, dog bites), employment law (final paychecks, discrimination), and business law (LLC formation, registered agent). He also is not afraid to take on the big insurance companies when needed.

Practice Areas
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Personal Injury
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Law
  • Products Liability
  • Free Consultation
    A free 30-minute consultation is available.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
U.S. District of Oregon
9th Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Shareholder & Attorney
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Field Legal
Liberty Mutual
Willamette University College of Law
J.D. (2009) | Law
Activities: Willamette Law Online, Willamette Sports Law Journal
Oregon State University
B.S. (1997) | History
Honors: Dean's list, Phi Alpha Theta
Activities: KBVR-TV
10 Best Attorneys - Client Satisfaction
American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
Top 100 Litigation - Oregon
The American Society of Legal Advocates
Top 100 - Civil Plaintiff
The National Trial Lawyers
Lawyers of Distinction
Top 40 Under 40
The National Trial Lawyers
Eagle Scout
Boy Scouts of America
Professional Associations
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
- Current
National Trial Lawyers
- Current
National Employment Lawyers Association # NELA20160712152618
- Current
American Bar Association
- Current
Oregon State Bar Association Intelectual Property Rights Section
- Current
Articles & Publications
Urban growth boundary settled or just getting started?
Speaking Engagements
Primer on Copyright, Art+Feminism 2016 Eugene Meet Up, Eugene, Oregon
Covered how copyright laws as applied to the usage of images on Wikipedia.
Websites & Blogs
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Legal Answers
466 Questions Answered

Q. I hired someone to help with a construction was under the table. If they got hurt am I liable?
A: Yes. This is one of the reasons you do not pay people under the table, as you then did not have worker's compensation coverage for this person.
Q. can i collect unpaid wages from when i was a stripper?
A: You need an employment law attorney, preferably one who has handled these types of claims against strip clubs. However, keep in mind the statute of limitations has limits as to how far back you can get wages back, so act quickly.
Q. Can an Oregon employer put a pay range on a job posting they cannot pay? (ie $17 to $25/hr but they can only pay $17)
A: Yes. Of course, you don't have to take the job if you were expecting more.
Q. The OSB agrees that I was a victim of the unauthorized practice of law, can I sue the landlord of the guilty party?
A: Only if the landlord was somehow involved. But, if I am reading you right, the person just lived there, and in that case, no. You also cannot sue the state because he made money and paid taxes.
Q. Is it legal to have audio surveillance at a restaurant?
A: If everyone was told they were recording yes, otherwise it is illegal to recover conversations in Oregon without the consent of all parties, implied or otherwise.
Q. I had a judgment against me and a garnishment was enforced over a 3200 er bill that was a work comp injury Is this lega
A: This is why you should have hired an attorney back when you received the notice of the small claims case. You may be able to have the judgment set aside, but seek out a consumer protection attorney (not me) ASAP. Not next week, NOW. Use Google and search to find one. Time is of the essence, and was months ago when you received the letter about the small claims case.
Q. I won an abandoned storage unit in PDX owned by a film company. Can I sell the manuscripts/ reels/ photos back to them?
A: The items are now your personal property. Keep in mind you only have the property rights, so some items would have intellectual property rights to them (for instance copyright on the manuscript) so you just own that copy, not the rights to the films. The one thing to keep in mind, is if you do contact them, it could open a can of worms in that perhaps the studio was not properly informed of the sale or it was somehow defective, and they try to get the items back.
Q. A person was bit by our dog on our property while we were out of town. The person was permitted to be on the property.
A: Make a claim with your homeowners insurance, they will handle it. You are responsible for the medical bills, the one-bite rule only applies to non-economic damages, and it is actually more complex than that. But, your insurance will cover it.
Q. Can an employer write up an employee for complaining about hours being cut? Oregon Law please
A: If this is a chain that has enough employees to qualify for Oregon's new predictive scheduling law, and they violated that, then he could get compensation for the cut hours and go after them for retaliation as a whistleblower.
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