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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
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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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302 Questions Answered

Q. Employee taking vacation for surgery. Their job requires them to be able to lift 50lbs- I have no other job for them
A: As an employer, I strongly suggest you retain an attorney to provide a detailed analysis. There are lots of employer-side law firms out there, and you do not want to end up with a lawsuit, as that will be much more expensive than paying for an opinion.
Q. Do my supervisor and I have a conflict if interest?
A: Perhaps there is a conflict, but there is nothing illegal about it, even if there was a conflict of interest.
Q. I was excluded from a job I qualify for because I was not provided with a testing time that is required for the job.
A: Assuming this is not a government job or a union job, then likely there is nothing to do. Now, if you think they did this because you are in a protected class, then that changes things. However, you mention nothing about discrimination.
Q. I am renting a room in a man's house. Can he 1) enter daily when I'm not there and 2) dictate that I make the bed?
A: I would suggest finding a landlord-tenant attorney in your area to discuss. It sounds like there was an unlawful entry that he admits to via text, which could be worth a month's rent. Plus, attorneys will often take these cases on a contingency basis, meaning you pay the attorney only if you win, and then only via the landlord paying you.
Q. I'm being told that I have to wait 2 years before I start a business from my employer. But there isn't anything in the
A: Consult with an attorney in your area to discuss to go over your options. Though, unless you are planning on leaving, this is all academic at this point.
Q. Does 2 year restriction have to be in a contract or in a policy book?
A: If you are talking about a non-compete, Oregon law has a bunch of limitations, and one of those is that it can only be at most for 18 months:
Q. Hello. Right now I am looking for a lawyer to help me with an extremely difficult landlord who happens to be a lawyer
A: Then use the find a lawyer link above to search for one in your area. Attorney's cannot contact you in this forum, you have to contact them. More importantly, the link will help you locate one in your area, as this is a state-wide forum.
Q. Can a landlord make you get rid of a camper if it's not stated in the rental agreement that you cannot have one?
A: They likely cannot, but note that if you are on a month-to-month lease, they could then require a new lease that has that provision with proper notice.
Q. If another person injured me on a ski slope can I hold the ski resort responsible too?
A: Potentially, though I would say the ski injury issue is still an open question in Oregon. In the past, due to the inherent risks of skiing, you could not recover against the ski resort. I would suggest finding an attorney who has actually handled these types of cases to consult with.
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