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Michael Padway & Associates are recognized as the go-to Bay Area motorcycle accident attornies.  With over 40 years of practice, we’re not just lawyers representing motorcyclists. We’re riders, advocates, bloggers, activists and junkies for motorcycle culture, technical motorcycle facts and motorcycle safety. We’ve also lectured on behalf of the American Bar Association, and established the Motorcycle Legal Foundation; an organization that helps motorcyclists with legal issues by providing informational articles and resources.


Practice areas


  1. Motorcycle Accident: 80%
  2. Brain Injury: 20%



Contingent (33-40%)

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Contact info

Michael Padway & Associates - Oakland

3140 Chapman Street
Oakland, CA, 94601

Michael Padway & Associates - San Francisco

235 Montgomery St.
Suite 668
San Francisco, CA, 94104-4722



DCActive 200207/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
SpeakerKansas State Bar Association1996
Committee Chairman Small Firms and Large CasesAmerican Bar Association1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge Pro TemSuperior Court Santa Clara County1991 - 1992
Judge Pro TemSuperior Court Alameda1985 - 1987
AttorneyMichael Padway & Assoc1974 - 2016
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeSpeaker1976 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1976 - Present
American Bar AssociationMermber1974 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Motorcyce Legal FoundaionFounding Member2008 - 2009
American Bar Association, Small Firms and Large Cases CommitteePast Chairman1995 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Motorcycle Accident$750,0000
Motorcycle Accident$2,000,000.00
Motorcycle Accident$230,000.00
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Publication nameTitleDate
Essential Guide to Knowing Your RightsSurviving the Crash2015
The Client's Guide to Legal ActionHow to Keep Your Whiplash From Becoming a Pain in the Neck1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawN/ALL.M - Master of Laws1991
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Kansas State Bar AssociationSmall Firms and Large Cases1996
American Bar AssociationSmall Firms and Large Cases1996