The Magas Firm
Mr. Magas has many years of legal practice. He has been an Ohio trial lawyer since 1982. Mr. Magas focuses a large part of his practice on bike laws and he started writing about Ohio's Bike Laws in the mid-1980's. In 2009, after 27 years of working for or with others Mr. Magas established The Magas Firm. Mr. Magas continues to focus most of his time on bike law and has handled some 400 “Bike Cases” over the years — representing injured cyclists and the families of those killed on the road.
These “Bike Cases” have ranged from $50 traffic tickets to million-dollar brain damage and death cases. The cases have included bike crashes with cars, trucks and busses, crashes caused by dogs, crashes caused by component and frame failures and other products liability claims along with other legal matters such as traffic tickets and insurance issues. In addition to working with riders throughout Ohio, Mr. Magas has established himself as an expert with respect to bike laws across the country. Mr. Magas has been called into bike cases in Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He also has written numerous articles on legal topics of interest to cyclists for more than 30 years. Mr. Magas has served as the national legal columnist for Bike USA and wrote a bi-monthly column for several years. He also contributed regular columns to Bike Midwest & Bike Ohio as well as many local club newsletters.
Mr. Magas has also been an active advocate for bicycling and motorcycling at the local, state and national level for many years. In the Bicycling world, he sits 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. Mr. Magas has testified before the Ohio legislature in support of laws favoring cyclists. Mr. Magas continues to be a strong legal advocate for cycling locally as well and will often work pro bono with local clubs and local governments on a variety of legal issues.