Steve Magas, Ohio’s Bike Lawyer
I have been an Ohio trial lawyer since 1982. In 2009, after 27 years of working for or with others I started The Magas Firm. We are located at 7733 Beechmont Avenue, Suite 210, Cincinnati, OH 45255. I also have a satellite office at 9435 Waterstone Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45249, just north of I-275.
I can always be reached for a FREE CONSULTATION at 513-484-BIKE or on my contact page. I love to get your comments and questions and I try to return every call and email the day it is received.
I am an avid bicyclist, motorcyclist and Ohio trial attorney based in Cincinnati, Ohio. When I purchased my first home computer back in the early 1990’s I had to pick an email name. My “bike law” practice was in full swing and I chose “BikeLawyer@aol.com.” That Bike Law practice has continued to grow and I have now handled more than 250 “Bike Cases” over the years!
These “Bike Cases” have ranged from $50 traffic tickets to million dollar brain damage and death cases. These cases have included bike crashes with cars, trucks and busses, crashes caused by dogs, crashes caused by component and frame failures and other legal matters such as traffic tickets and insurance issues. In addition to working with riders throughout Ohio, I have been called into bike cases around the country, including cases in Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
My interest in the two-wheeled world of bikes and motorcycles extends far beyond the “9-5″ job handling injury and death claims for cyclists. I have written many articles on legal topics of interest to cyclists for more than 20 years. I was asked to be the the national legal columnist for Bike USA and wrote a bi-monthly column for several years. I have also contributed regular columns to Bike Midwest & Bike Ohio as well as many local club newsletters. I am currently the legal columnist for Roadwheeler, a regional motorcycle magazine, and continue to write bicycle law pieces as well.
In 2007 Bob Mionske, an Olympic cyclist-turned-lawyer, was writing a new book on bike law. Bob was familiar with my writing and asked me to contribute several chapters. The book, Bicycling and the Law, features a forward by Lance Armstrong is aimed at riders, not lawyers, and has garnered wide praise in the Bike World. You can pick up your copy through all of the typical on-line sources or from me directly. Bicycling and the Law is designed to be the primary resource for cyclists and clubs to consult when faced with a legal question. It provides readers with knowledge to avoid many legal problems in the first place while informing cyclists of their rights, their legal responsibilities and the steps they can take if they encounter a legal problem.
I have also been an active advocate for bicycling and motorcycling at the local, state and national level for many years. In the Bicycling world, I sit on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Bicycle Federation and played a leading role in drafting the OBF’s “Better Bicycling Bill” that was signed into law in 2006. I have traveled to Washington, D.C., annually for the National Bike Summit to lobby Congress for “bike friendly” transportation policy and I have testified before the Ohio legislature in support of laws favoring cyclists. I have been a strong legal advocate for cycling locally and I work pro bono with local clubs and local governments on a variety of legal issues.
In Trotwood v. Selz, I worked in tandem with the Ohio Bike Federation to protect your right to ride. We secured an important victory for cyclists in Ohio’s Second District court of appeals.
In the Motorcycling world, I work with the Ohio Right of Way Coalition. This group has been sponsoring legislation in Ohio to better protect “vulnerable users” of the roadways, such as motorcyclists and bicyclists. I testified in Columbus in support of legislation which would increase the penalties for “minor” right of way violations when those violations result in the death or injury of another user of the roadway. When a Humvee rear-ends a Chevy S-1o pick-up, there are rarely significant injuries. However, when ANY motor vehicle rear-ends a bicycle or motorcycle, the rider can easily be severely injured or killed. Under current Ohio law, the penalties for the motorist for such right of way violations are the same regardless of whether injuries or death result and the Right of Way Coalition is working to change that!
In 2008, my article, “The BLS [Boring Legal Stuff] for the Touring Cyclist,” was chosen for inclusion in the Cyclists Yellow Pages by Adventure Cycling. This article was so favorably received that I was asked to contribute an article on “Bike Law” for the 2009 CYP. In 2000, I published an extensive article on Bike Law for lawyers in “TRIAL“, the law journal of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. I was invited by the Academy to speak at its annual convention as to cases involving “Bicycle Products Liability” claims.
A few years ago a full page article about my “niche” in the bike world was featured in Lawyer’s Weekly USA. I was also featured in the inaugural issue of Cincy Business magazine where the article focused on my attempt to maintain such a unique practice in the Midwest. My Bike Law practice was also featured locally in Cincinnati magazine and the Cincinnati Post.
On a personal level, I was recently married and I live in the woods of Anderson Township with my new bride, son and step-daughter, two big, happy dogs and a couple of gregarious cats in an L-shaped A-frame. We love bicycling and touring on our Big Bike, a 2004 BMW R1150RT. We recently toured the “North Coast” of the Indiana Dunes and managed to use our gps to guide us to Buddy Guy’s blues club in downtown Chicago for a wonderful night of blues!!