Michael Stephenson, founder and Senior Attorney at Los Angeles Bicycle Law, has been selected as one of the “10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys” in California by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, and is a member of the National Trial Lawyers’ prestigious “Top 40 Under 40,” of the “Million Dollar Advocates Forum,” and of “Lawyers of Distinction” (which limits its membership to the top 10% of attorneys in the United States). He began his career trying misdemeanor cases in Oregon as a public defender in 2007. Mr. Stephenson’s legal skills have been praised in open court by both state and federal judges, by opposing lawyers, and, of course, by his clients and their families. He is himself a skilled cyclist and is an expert at proving liability and damages in cases where a cyclist has been injured. In his spare time, he volunteers as a legal counsel for bicycle advocacy groups in California, including the California Bicycle Coalition..
Prior to founding Los Angeles Bicycle Law, Mr. Stephenson worked for Davis Wright Tremaine (DWT), one of the top 100 law firms in the United States, at its Portland, Oregon office. During his time at DWT, he worked on many high-profile lawsuits involving some of the largest companies in the United States. He left DWT in January of 2010 to return to the California and work exclusively on behalf of cyclists.
Mr. Stephenson’s legal writings have been featured in bicycle coalition newsletters, the State Bar Litigation Journal, the State Bar Professional Liability Newsletter, the Portland Business Journal, and other publications.
In law school, Mr. Stephenson was awarded “Most Outstanding Trial Advocate” at the American Trial Lawyers Association’s (now The American Association for Justice) West Coast Regional Trial Championships. He graduated top of his class with Honors at the University of Oregon Law School and was a Managing Editor of the Law Review. During law school he was also an extern for the Honorable Ann Aiken, the Chief Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Oregon District Federal Court. Mr. Stephenson was awarded the law school’s “Pro Bono Award” in recognition of his substantial volunteer legal work in defending low-income clients in hearings and jury trials in state court. Mr. Stephenson earned his Bachelor’s degree in three years at Brown University, Rhode Island.
Michelle Weiss’ litigation and courtroom advocacy has received praise from clients and opposing counsel alike. A cyclist herself, Michelle’s career is devoted to assisting injured cyclists and helping to make the roads of Los Angeles safer.
Michelle has successfully tried numerous cases to juries in the California Superior Courts throughout the state but also has deep experience in alternative dispute resolution. In mediation and pre-trial settlement discussions her reputation as a trial attorney enables her to obtain the results her clients deserve.
Michelle loves working as a personal injury attorney. An injury is a deeply traumatic experience and unfortunately, insurance companies often take advantage of unrepresented individuals by unjustly denying their claims or severely undervaluing their injuries. Michelle enjoys a good fight and helping injured cyclists to navigate an insurance system designed to promote profits over helping negligently injured individuals. And as someone that commutes to work by bike, Michelle enjoys helping cyclists in particular — a group that is generally under-represented and especially vulnerable on the roads.
Having been an active participant in debate and mock trial throughout school, Michelle thoroughly enjoys advocating for others. One of those rare individuals who likes bartering, Michelle is highly involved in her cases and prides herself on negotiating the greatest settlement possible for her clients. Intellectually curious, Michelle takes as many continuing education courses as possible and has received extensive training in litigating traumatic brain injuries — an important issue considering the prevalence of head injuries in cycling accidents.
Michelle speaks fluent German and Chinese, having lived in both Germany and China. In her free time, Michelle enjoys samba dancing, learning languages, fitness, traveling, and reading. Despite having taken Chinese lessons twice per week and working as a fitness instructor throughout law school, Michelle graduated in the top quarter of her class from Santa Clara University. During law school, Michelle was active in moot court and was assistant coach to the international arbitration moot court team.
Lucy Allen started working on behalf of injured cyclists in 2012, and is now an Associate with Los Angeles Bicycle Law. She earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Before joining Los Angeles Bicycle Law, Lucy fought on behalf of forest ecosystems and worked on cases involving the Equal Access to Justice Act and the Freedom of Information Act. In law school, she worked for a number of public interest organizations, received numerous awards including an American Jurisprudence award, served as Publishing Editor for the Ecology Law Quarterly, and served as a student supervisor for a Student-Initiated Legal Services Project.
Kyle R. Smith began riding a bike as a small child and began practicing law as an adult. As a bike commuter and century cyclist himself, Kyle focuses his practice on representing cyclists in personal injury matters and making Los Angeles a safer place for bikes. Beyond his legal practice he serves as a Board Member of California YMCA Youth and Government, a non-profit that provides interactive civics engagements opportunities for middle and high school students.
Kyle began cycling Southern California as an undergraduate student at University of California San Diego. Kyle later graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law where he was Lead Business Development Editor of the High Tech Law Journal and the Student Bar Association Vice President. Inside the classroom he focused his coursework on civil litigation and was named to the Dean’s List.
Kyle began his career as a defense attorney and has represented clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies in state and federal court in individual and class actions. His extensive inside knowledge from years working with insurance companies enables him to get inside the mind of the defendant insurance companies and get the results his clients deserve.
Beth Farkaly received her paralegal certificate in 2013 from the University of California, San Diego where her academic performance gained her admission to the honor society for paralegal studies, Lambda Epsilon Chi.
She spent the first year of her legal career learning the ins and outs of California Courts by working in a civil litigation firm. While there, she assisted attorneys gain favorable verdicts at several trials.
She transitioned to an insurance defense firm, which has given her an insiders perspective on how insurance companies operate after claims have been filed. She has taken that knowledge to assist Los Angeles Bicycle Law clients to navigate insurance procedures, and is happy to be advocating for cyclists who are oftentimes underrepresented.
In her spare time, Beth enjoys testing out new recipes, crocheting, reading, and scouring thrift stores and flea markets for vintage wares.