Indiana Super Lawyer: Mike Stephenson
The Nicest Guy in the Room – Who Cuts Hearts Out Politely
Stephenson Rife is proud to announce that Attorney Mike Stephenson has been named an Indiana Super Lawyer and featured on the 2017 cover of Super Lawyers.
More often than not, the first thing M. Michael Stephenson does before cross-examining a witness is offer him or her a glass of water. “I want to be the nicest guy in the room,” says Stephenson, 60, partner at Stephenson Rife in Shelbyville and one of the state’s most experienced trial lawyers. “People help those they like. If they don’t like me, they may punish my client. So I try to do everything I can to be pleasant, professional and polite to everyone in that courtroom.”
“Now, in the next 45 minutes after I’ve offered that drink of water, I may cut that person’s heart out and stomp on it. And if I do so professionally and politely, the jury will admire my work.” That work has earned Stephenson the respect of his peers and the appreciation of clients…
Mike is a proven advocate and trial attorney. He has served as lead trial counsel in more than 100 civil jury trials, and has handled litigation in 18 states. He uses the most advanced technology available to most effectively demonstrate and aid in the presentation of his client’s position. The firm uses state-of-the-art software to integrate sound, still photos, and moving images to illustrate to juries critical information that words cannot accurately describe. Mike has worked extensively with High Impact Litigation, Inc. and other similar companies to provide detailed animations to demonstrate and allow a jury to visualize significant evidence. See Our Example Cases
State and local polls of attorneys have listed Mike as one of Indiana’s top lawyers, and in a poll of 14,000 Indiana attorneys from 2004-2016, he has been identified as one of the top 5% of the attorneys in his area of practice. He is one of few attorneys recognized with this distinction for thirteen consecutive years. Martindale-Hubbell has rated him as an AV attorney, the highest possible rating.