Why choose Michael A. Colbach for your Portland personal injury attorney? Results.

Recent Results

2023: $11.5 Million recovered in for injured client.

2024: $4.1 Million dollar jury verdict for injured cyclist (PDF). Before trial they did not even offer to pay his medical bills.

When you have been seriously injured in an accident, you are worried about who is going to pay your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Personal injury accidents can turn your life upside down and making a personal injury claim can be difficult and time consuming.

Michael A. Colbach is an experienced Oregon personal injury lawyer with over 21 years exclusively dedicated to personal injury law, and over 30 years courtroom experience.

How do you know whether you have a good personal injury case?

Contact Portland personal injury lawyer Michael Colbach at (503) 243-1900 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 Mike and he will let you know if he thinks it is a fair offer.

As a lawyer myself, I hired Mike to work on my personal injury case because I knew that he was a person of integrity who cared about this clients. He took the time to answer my questions and zealously advocated for me. I was never confused -->More

client review of Portland personal injury attorney Michael Colbach on Google Michelle Ryan
5 star review posted on Google about Portland personal injury attorney Michael Colbach handling of her personal injury case.
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No Fees Until You Win

If Mike takes your case, he works for you on a contingency fee basis, which means he takes no attorney fee until he wins your case. Mike advances all the money necessary to advance your case and he doesn't ask for a penny until you win, if there is no recovery, he does not charge you a fee. It also means that Mike thinks he can win your case and is willing to take it to trial if that is what it takes.

An experienced Portland personal injury attorney will help level the playing field.

Once Mike takes your case, you can stop worrying about insurance companies and focus on recovering from your injuries. Mike will take care of all the paperwork, phone calls, negotiations and keep you informed so that you can get on with your life.

Insurance companies do not give money away. The only way to get fair compensation for your injuries is to force them to pay you. The only thing that makes insurance companies pay is the threat of a big jury verdict.

Only a known and respected jury trial lawyer will be taken seriously by insurance companies.

The only way to make sure you get a fair settlement for your Oregon personal injury claim is to contact an Oregon lawyer who focuses exclusively on personal injury cases. The right lawyer can make the difference between being financially devastated and being able to take care of your family's future.

Representative Examples of Mike's 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

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

Unless your Portland personal injury attorney is experienced and prepared to take your personal injury case to trial, you won't get a fair settlement.

Insurance companies make money by not paying personal injury claims, and insurance companies are working for their share holders. You need a Portland personal injury attorney who will work hard for you. You need your own personal injury attorney who will take your case to trial for you if that is what it takes to get fair compensation for your personal injuries.

If you hire Michael Colbach for your personal injury attorney, you are done talking to the insurance companies.

Your only job will be to keep Mike and his legal assistant updated on your medical treatment. Mike and his assistant will take care of the rest so you can focus on getting better. You can quit worrying about whether or not the insurance company is taking advantage of you and start getting on with your life.

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

Trial Experience

Mike began trying jury trials while he was still in law school in Portland at Lewis and Clark, while also working as in intern at the Multnomah County District Attorney's office. Mike even spent his days off in the courtroom when he was a law student, and after he passed the Oregon Bar Exam, he became a Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County spending the next eight years in the courtroom. Since starting his own Portland personal injury law practice in 2002, Mike has been dedicated exclusively to practicing personal injury law. Mike now has over 140 trials and 30 years of courtroom trial experience.

Mike has a low volume law practice, if he takes your case he believes in it and he is focused on you and your case.

Mike excels at conveying injured people's stories to juries.

Mike has a history of proven results and policy limits results for his clients. Mike has a number of outstanding verdicts for his clients and won much higher settlements for the cases that did not go to trial.

Due to Mike's trial results, he believes that insurance companies consistently offer his clients higher settlement amounts than they do to other Portland personal injury lawyers who either lack experience or are afraid to go to trial or have just not had his success at trial.

The Value of Experience

Mike has handled many hundreds of Oregon personal injury cases and he has seen the offers that some of his clients received before hiring him. In virtually every case, he has significantly increased the amount that ended up in his client's pocket. Mike will tell you what he thinks about your case from your initial consultation throughout the process.

Mike makes sure he has time to devote to every case and he makes a point of staying on top of all of his cases to make sure they are headed in the right direction.

Mike starts preparing your case for trial from the day it comes through the door until the day it settles or goes to trial. This is a lot of work, but the only way to make sure you get the most for your personal injury claim.

Insurance Companies Try To Wear You Down

Delays, loopholes and etc. are common tactics insurance companies use to try and wear you down which can really add stress to a person's situation. Insurance companies are also known to purposely low ball your offers because it makes them money when eventually a lot of people get tired and take an offer that really isn't fair just to be done and get on with things.

Mike knows your time is important, and he won't waste it.

While insurance companies try to use delay tactics, once Mike takes your case, pursuing your personal injury case will not take up a lot of your time. Oftentimes Mike will only meet with clients for the initial interview and then you can just talk over the phone, emails, and even on zoom. If you do have to go to court, it will take more time. Mike makes a point of being available to his clients, and even though his office is conveniently located in Portland's Alphabet District, most often you just do not need to use your time and energy to go into his office, you can focus on your recovery and getting back to your life.

The difference between the insurance offer and jury verdict has been millions of dollars for Mike's clients.

Michael Colbach's experience in personal injury law and reputation in the courtroom will help you level the playing field. The insurance companies are full of insurance defense lawyers working against you. Mike will help you get the maximum settlement you are entitled to and minimize the hassles.

Insurance companies rarely offer you a fair amount for your injuries without a lawyer.

Three examples:

  1. In a case where an injured client was blamed for the accident and offered a bit less than $100,000 and in 2024 a jury awarded client over $4 million.
  2. In another case where Mike's client was offered $4,000 before he hired Mike. At trial a jury awarded client $550,000.
  3. In another case the insurance company originally blamed Mike's client and would not even fix his motorcycle. Mike filed a lawsuit and a month before trial they offered $2 million and said they would never pay a penny more. After picking a jury and presenting witnesses, they nearly tripled their offer and the case settled.

Insurance companies do not get to determine the value of your injury case, that is up to you or a jury.

If you have already received an offer for your injuries, contact Mike and he will let you know if he thinks it is a fair offer.

Mike will not charge you for this consultation. If Mike doesn't beat their original offer to you, Mike will not charge you anything.

Don't let the insurance companies avoid paying you the fair compensation, and maximum compensation you deserve.

Hire a Portland personal injury attorney Michael Colbach with experience and a history of demonstrated results winning for his former clients.

Personal Injury Is ALL Mike Does.

Mike's practice focus on bicycle accident, pedestrian accident, motorcycle accident, car accidents involving ride share like Uber and Lyft. He also handles premises liability, employer liability, rental property liability, personal injury caused by an Oregon government entity or employee, semi truck accidents, logging accidents, car accidents, moped, scooter and ebike accidents, boating accidents, bicycle doored accidents, herniated disc injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Oregon third party worker compensation claims, bus accidents, and Oregon wrongful death act claims.