Stephenson, Michael W.

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(517) 351-6200

mstephenson@willinghamcote.com

333 Albert Avenue, Suite 500
East Lansing, MI 48823

About Michael

Michael W. Stephenson is the president of the firm's board of directors and chair of the firm's Litigation Group

Michael began working at the firm in 1999 and became Partner shortly thereafter.  He quickly became the "go to" attorney at the firm for new and experienced attorneys and is known as one of the best Medical Malpractice Defense attorneys in the State of Michigan.    He also also served as Managing Partner for over four years.   In addition, he also supervises several attorneys and support staff.  

 

Trial Success

Michael practices throughout the State of Michigan.  His practice, by nature, is very time consuming because it involves travel throughout the United States to depose medical experts.  To date, Michael has tried 75 cases.  He has been successful in about 85% of those cases.  Handling Medical Malpractice not only involves learning how to successfully try a case, but you must also learn the practice of medicine.  Melding both complicated areas when representing a client is second nature to Michael.  

 

Legal Community Involvement

Michael has made himself available to speak to various students and young professionals.  He has spoken for the prelaw section for Michigan State University, WMU-Cooley Law School, and the paralegal association on various occasions.  He was also President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Ingham County Bar Association.  Michael also regularly attends the Ingham County Bar Association events and a strong supporter of the Women's Lawyer's Association of Michigan.  He is also a Fellow for the Ingham County Bar Association Foundation and serves as a case evaluation panelist for the Ingham County Circuit Court.

 

General Community Involvement

Despite regularly travelling in and out of the State of Michigan, Michael has generously volunteered and is heavily entrenched in his community.  He has served on the Board of Directors for Montessori Radmoor School from 2005-2018, including as President for the majority of that time.  He served as a Boy Scout Troop Leader (Troop 125), including journeying to Angre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico travelling with six scouts and completing a 12 day, 100 mile camping trip.  He has also hiled Isle Royale and the Appalachian Mountains with the Troop.  In support of his daughter, he has also chaperoned countless high-adventure field trips for her Girl Scout Troop, including whitewater rafting, dog-sledding, and numerous camping trips.

Michael has volunteered to be a "Dapper Dad' for the Annual Dapper Dads Challenge and Fashion show to raise funds for the Sparrow Foundation.  He has also mustered the energy and endurance to participate in mini triathlons and the "Tough Mudder", a 10-mile obstacle course.

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Ingham County Bar Association

Community Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Michigan Montessori Internationale, Inc.

Bar and Court Admissions

State Bar of Michigan, 1993

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court – Western District of Michigan

United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

United States Supreme Court

United States District Court of Colorado

Education

Michigan State University (B.A., 1990)

Wayne State University (J.D., 1993)

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Avoiding Medical Malpractice: 5 Simple Steps

posted on March 03, 2015
Medical Malpractice, Professional Licensing, Michael W. Stephenson

No physician, in today's litigious society, is immune from professional liability lawsuits, even when they render the best of care. Bad results happen...

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