Portland Personal Injury Attorney Michael Colbach

If you're looking for a Marion County car accident attorney for your case, look no further than Michael A. Colbach.

I am a Portland personal injury attorney with proven results in verdicts and settlements negotiated on behalf of his clients.

  • 2024 Result: $4.1 million dollar Marion County jury verdict for injured cyclist. Before trial they did not even offer to pay his medical bills.
  • 2023 Result: $11.5 million recovered for injured client.
  • 140 jury trials, 31 years of courtroom experience
  • Over 20 years dedicated to exclusively practicing personal injury law
  • 8 years Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney trying around 100 criminal jury trials

Free Consultations

Contact me to schedule a no obligation free case evaluation as soon as you are able. Even if you have already received an offer for your injuries, contact me and I will let you know if I think it is a fair offer and give you my thoughts on your case.

I am a top rated Oregon car accident lawyer by former clients and legal peers.

Portland personal injury attorney chosen super lawyers by peers in law for over ten consecutive years

Recently I had Mike Colbach represent my wife in an auto accident [...] Because of the accident my wife was in the ICU at OHSU and wasn't able to talk so I worked with him. Right away Mike took control and told me to concentrate on taking care of my wife and he would handle all the insurance issues, court filings, hospital bills etc.Also, Mike was not one bit intimidated by one of the largest auto insurance companies in the country and in fact looked forward to the challenge of meeting them in court.......I guess they didn't like the odds and settled out of court for the full amount he demanded. -->More

client of Portland personal injury lawyer Michael Colbach who represented his wife in a serious injury auto accident when she was in the ICU at OHSU, Mike got the full settlement amount demanded quickly allowing client to recovery and stay with spouse. Arnie Mulick
5 star review posted on Google about Portland personal injury attorney Michael Colbach handling of his wife's personal injury case when she was in the ICU at OHSU.
Google Review

Marion County Trial Lawyer With Proven Results

I can make car insurance companies pay when they do not want to by taking your case to a jury.

Having an experienced trial lawyer can make the difference between getting what you deserve and getting nothing.

I have had trial successes with jury verdicts where the insurance company was refusing to pay before trial.

I have numerous policy limits settlements, confidential settlements as well as arbitration awards, and jury verdicts.

Questions that I think are important to ask any lawyer you are considering to hire for your own car accident attorney:

  • Oregon car accident attorneys do not all charge the same amount nor structure their fees in the same way. Before you hire a lawyer, make sure they don't increase their fees just for filing a lawsuit or spending a few hours in mediation, many do.
  • Does the attorney charge for recovering your medical expenses? Most lawyers charge 33% for this.
  • I base my fee on what is recovered in addition to your medical expenses. If your lawyer charges you for recovering your medical expenses it can significantly reduce how much goes in your pocket.
  • More of my advise on what you need to know and ask any Oregon car accident attorney you are considering hiring --->

Representative Results

Over $5 Million for car accident for injured motorist. Before he hired me the insurance company would not even pay for his property damage.

$1,750,000 car accident recovery for injured motorist.  Client's final offer before hiring me was $250,000.

$1.5 Million for motorcycle accident recovered for injured motorcyclist

$1.1 Million motorcycle accident for injured motorcyclist.

$750,000 motorcycle accident policy limits settlement for injured motorcyclist

$667,000 bicycle accident recovery for injured cyclist. Final offer before trial was $130,000. Jury awarded $667,000. As reported in Portland's Willamette Week Newspaper Cyclist vs. New Seasons

$350,000 motorcycle accident policy limits settlement for injured motorcycle rider. Before he hired me the insurance company blamed him and refused to pay a penny.

$340,000 motorcycle accident recovery for injured motorcyclist - his offer was zero before he hired me.

$339,000 bicycle accident jury verdict for cyclist struck by drunk driver. GEICO's only offer was $17,000, which did not even cover the medical bills.

Questions? Get Answers.

Contact me for a free legal evaluation of your car accident case as soon as you are able.

Auto insurance companies have attorneys and adjusters whose goal is to pay you as little as they can.

I am dedicated to helping your recover your maximum fair settlement and I am not afraid to take your case to trial if that is what it takes to maximize the amount of money you recover for your personal injury.

Once I take your case, I take care of all of the paperwork, phone calls, and negotiations, so you can focus on your recovery and getting on with your life.

I offer one-on-one service and limit my case load so that I can focus on each case.

I have been told by insurance adjusters and attorneys that when they see my name on a case, they know the case has merit and that they will have to pay top dollar or go to trial.  

Auto insurance companies do not get to determine the value of your Oregon car accident injury claim. It is up to you or a jury to determine the value of your Oregon car accident case.

Lawsuits can be expensive, and many people do not have the money to pursue their claim.

In every case, I advance all costs associated with pursuing your case and I do not ask you for a penny until we recover from the other side. When I take a case I believe in it and I am willing to invest as much time, energy, and money as it takes to make sure my client has a good result.

Highly recommend Mike Colbach and his team. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to hand over my case to them and not have to worry for one second about it. I was amazed at how professional all the communication I received was. As someone else stated, I felt completely in control of the flow of communication from the start. If I had a question, no matter the nature, how big it small, I dropped an email and Mike or his team responded to me within 24 hours, everytime. We had to go after both insurance companies, mine and the other parties (at fault), since the other party was underinsured. This was a long process, as my insurance party drug their feet for nearly 16 months from the accident to finally pay out their end of the deal. And I was always informed if what was going on and how long it would possibly take. [...] -->More

client of Multnomah County car accident lawyer Michael Colbach represented in serious injury auto accident arbitration with underinsured driver Steven W. Carper
Steven W. Carper 5 star review posted on Google about Portland car accident attorney and Multnomah County trial attorney Michael Colbach.
Google Review

Marion County vistas of beautiful farmlands.

Farms along the Oregon State Highway between Salem and Silverton are beautiful in colors and old barns with the Cascades and Mount Hood rising to the East.

Salem is the Marion County seat with the Marion County Circuit Court, and is one of Oregon's oldest cities and is the state capitol.

Marion County contains numerous idyllic Oregon state natural treasures like Silver Falls State Park, Silverton where the Oregon Gardens are a fantastic destination, as well as the nearby town of Mount Angel.

Marion County contains main charms and is gateway from the valley to the Cascades and is very close to the towns on the Oregon Coast as well. The access up into the Cascades provides wild forest access and recreation with wonderful places like Detroit Lake State Park and the historic town of Detroit, Keizer where the closest In and Out Burgers can be found relative to the Portland Metro as well as more of Oregon's premiere destination treasures like a large Iris festival.

Marion County Car Accidents 2016 - 2021 Mapped

The red circles on the below map indicate fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Th e orange circles indicate serious injury crashes in Marion County 2016-2021.

legend for the map of Marion County fatal and serious injury car crashes from 2016 through 2021 mapped by highway location within Marion County.

Marion County fatal and serious injury car crashes from 2016 through 2021 mapped by highway location within Marion County.

Marion County has the third highest number of car accidents, third most motor vehicle accident related injuries and fatalities in all of Oregon in 2021.

*data from Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Crash Summary 2021


Multnomah 7972 6313 80
Washington 5430 4668 21
Marion 4467 4236 68
Clackamas 3757 3268 36

This data lags because it all takes time from the incident through the reporting process such that the most recent data is usually from a few years prior to the current year. But these trends are fairly consistent year to year.

Marion County Car Accidents in 2021

Salem is the capitol of Oregon and it is also the largest city within Marion County.

Keizer is fairly large, but most cities within Marion County are smaller populations and Oregon Department of Transportation doesn't track a city motor vehicle crashes if the population is less than ten thousand people.

Salem Car Accidents 2021

ALL VEHICLES 2486 1448 19
BICYCLE 33 31 2

*source Oregon DOT crash summary by city for 2021

Marion County Crashes 2016 - 2021 Serious Injury & Fatal


ALL CAR ACCIDENTS 4467 2580 63
BICYCLE 52 47 5
TRUCK / TRAILER 171 78 3

*source Oregon DOT crash summary by county for 2021

Michael Colbach's Law Office
Located within the Alphabet District in NW Portland

Michael Colbach's law office is within Multnomah County located in NW Portland with convenient access to Oregon highway 30, Oregon highway 26, interstate 405 and multiple good bicycle paths.

Marion County Draws Cyclists
And Tourists For
Oregon's Beautiful Farms and Forests

Pictured Below are cyclists racing in Silverton Road Race.

Oregon Bicycle Racing Silverton Road Race cyclists roll through Marion County farmlands to the Cascades and beautiful Silverton.