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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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Legal Answers
332 Questions Answered

Q. I was contacted on Facebook by a plasma donation center employee to try to date me using person info provided
A: It is possible this violated HIPAA, and in that sense it could be an avenue to sue. However, HIPAA has no private right of action, so it is done via a breach of contract claim. The difficult part is that your damages would be hard to quantify. A demand letter to the facility may be enough though for a small settlement.
Q. Can my boss fine employees for discrepancies he can't prove who did or that no one fixed?
A: I would say any fines are not legal, and he could get in a lot of trouble if he deducts such from your wages.
Q. My son rented a truck that turned out to have bad brakes
A: Turn it over to his insurance and let them figure out who to go after.
Q. Is it legal for a person to evict somebody off land that they don't own? As if they were a tenant
A: Potentially. Property owners use agents such as property managers all of the time and vest in those people the power to evict.
Q. Are damages awrded in a settlement for unpaid wages garnishable/taxable?
A: Potentially. Taxable as income, almost always and often they are run through as payroll and subject to withholding. Garnishment if the person paying knows it is to be garnished.
Q. Company downsizing. Do I have to take an offer with them for a cut in pay? Can they deny unemployment if I refuse?
A: As to the pay cut, either you accept it or quit. Now, if you quit, you might still be eligible for unemployment either because of the pay reduction or the new distance. However, an extra 20 miles one way I believe is usually not enough, and the drop in pay is more of a percentage.
Q. My daughter was injured during a college soccer game -- intramural -- is the college liable in any way?
A: Depends on how she was injured. If another player slide-tackled her, no, the college would not be liable. If she tripped over a sprinkler head that was improperly installed/maintained or something else related to the college, then potentially.
Q. Recently my immediate boss lost his temper at work. He pushed me and used demeaning, direct and vulgarity. Can you help?
A: It does sound like you have case, especially for the battery. Meanwhile, since that can take some time, make sure and file for unemployment if you have not already. Then find an employment law attorney, as attorneys cannot solict your business, so you have to contact them. Best of luck.
Q. I was injured on the job. No lost time but alot of mental issues (ptsd). Due to incompetence and gross negligence. Case?
A: Unlikely to have a personal injury case against your employer, as your sole remedy usually is a worker's compensation claim. That said, get a worker's compensation attorney to maximize your recovery, and they also should be able to tell you if you might have a case against your employer or a third-party.
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