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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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Mr. 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.

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
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Shareholder & Attorney
Stevens & Legal
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Field Legal
Liberty Mutual
Willamette University College of Law
J.D. / Law (2009)
Activities: Willamette Law Online, Willamette Sports Law Journal
Oregon State University
B.S. / History (1997)
Honors: Dean's list, Phi Alpha Theta
Activities: KBVR-TV
Lawyers of Distinction
Top 40 Under 40
The National Trial Lawyers
Eagle Scout
Boy Scouts of America
Professional Associations
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.
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Legal Answers
321 Questions Answered

Q. I was held hostage in a liquor store. Where the gunman killed himself. Can I be compensated
A: Potentially, but not an easy case since the liquor store did not exactly do anything wrong, the guy did. You could go after the estate of the gunman, but given he was presumably robbing the place, likely no assets to go after.
Q. Can a rental agency allow cosigners but only if you "almost" reach the minimum income amount?
A: Yes, they can pick and choose. The likely reason is that if you almost make it, then you are more likely to not get behind on your rent. But, if you are further down, then odds are higher they have to go to the co-signer, which is not exactly guaranteed to get them their money.
Q. Do I have any kind of a claim against the national park service if I injured by an animal in the park?
A: Doubtful. Even if you did, you need to file a federal tort claim notice first.
Q. I am a minor that constantly works alone without a break for 5+ hours. I work at a frozen yogurt shop. Is that legal?
A: Potentially not. Part of this depends on your exact age. See this for greater details:
Q. Employer has religious beliefs question
A: An employer can say not to work on a particular day, and if you then work on that particular day they usually do not have pay you for it as it is unauthorized. Otherwise an employee could just work whenever they wanted. Plus, if the person worked on that day, that would also be insubordination and they could be disciplined or fired, and might even be enough to get unemployment benefits denied.
Q. Hi, i wish to know if copyright subsists if my work was extorted out by someone and subsequently used
A: Potentially, but the statute of limitations is 3 years on copyright infringement. So, you may need to act quickly.
Q. Do I have a right too surveillance of a fall I endeared I suffered injury for?
A: You do not have a right to the video or the polices and procedures until after you sue. You would also ask for the sweep sheets, which tell you when they did their rounds. And it is never legal to record an in-person conversation without the consent of all people.
Q. I live in Oregon do I have to get my landlords permission, to run a legal child daycare in my apartment c
A: Read your lease. It likely prohibits commercial activities, and a day care would be a commercial activity.
Q. Can my landlord move me from a 3brm to a 1brm or hotel with no kitchenette during remodel?
A: It is up to you and your landlord to come to some sort of agreement as to your accommodations during the remodel, and you hold most of the power. If you agree to the hotel, be sure to get a reduction in rent to cover the extra costs of food. Lastly, be sure to get everything in writing. I handled a similar type of case where had the agreement been in writing, things may have not become an issue later.
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