The Schafer Law Office

Firm Overview

The Schafer Law Office concentrates in automobile, fatal, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian and child accident cases representing accident victims throughout Kentucky.

The Schafer Law Office represents accident victims protecting their rights against the insurance companies and helping them navigate the accident litigation maze.

The Schafer Law Office was established in 1990. I had worked for an insurance defense firm for two years and was fed up with the manner in which cases were litigated on the defense side. In an effort to help accident victims receive the compensation they deserve, I started The Schafer Law Office.

Example cases

My typical case involves someone who has been injured in an accident or representing the family of someone who has been killed in an accident.

Main Office
1218 S 3rd St
Louisville  KY  40203
  • (502) 584-9511
  • (502) 636-4702


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes I do. I will take as long as necessary to find out about your case.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We work on a contingency fee basis. I have a no fee promise. If we don't win your case you owe The Schafer Law Office nothing, except costs.
Hourly Rates
33 1/3 % contingency fee.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Oleta Hecker
Emergency After Hours

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

After working for an insurance defense firm and seeing how the insurance industry treated accident victims I knew I wanted no part of it. The natural step was to dedicate my practice to protecting their rights and battling the insurance companies on a daily basis.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that accident victims should be able to get the information they need to make informed decisions on the legal process and hiring an attorney. I provide an abundance of information on the insurance industry and the legal process on my website. I have also written three books which provide to Kentucky accident victims at no charge as a public service in an effort to level the playing field between the accident victim and the insurance industry.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I routinely review documents prepared by client. There are many cases that an accident victim may be involved in that they do not need a lawyer.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I do not coach people who do not want or need my representation. I do provide the tools they need to represent themselves at no charge on my website.

Michael A. Schafer

12/1990 - Present: Michael A. Schafer, Attorney at Law
Solo practitioner specializing in civil litigation including automobile accidents, slip and fall and wrongful death cases.

Criminal defense including DUIs, felonies, misdemeanors, traffic, and capital cases.

06/1989-11/1990: The O'Bryan Law Firm
Insurance defense litigation specializing in negligence and tort liability, contract disputes, workers' compensation.

Criminal defense including all aspects of discovery and all court appearances including jury trials.

08/1986 - 04/1989: Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, 30th Judicial District
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

04/1989 - 06/1989: Deputy Division Chief, Trial Division B
Assistant Division Chief in supervision of six prosecutors and two secretaries.

11/1986 - 06/1989: Prosecutor, Trial Division A
Prosecute felony cases by preparing pleadings, motion, discovery responses and briefs; Circuit Court appearances including bond hearings, competency hearings, revocation hearings, suppression hearings, pretrial conferences, guilty pleas, sentencing and jury trials.

Special Assistant Attorney General
Appointed to brief and to argue appeals in the Kentucky Court of Appeals and certifications of law in the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Fatal Accident Support Team - respond to fatal accident where alcohol or drug involvement is suspected to assist police in drafting search warrants and advise on legal issues.

Sealed Indictment Team - work with undercover detectives in preparing and prosecuting drug and fencing cases.

08/1986 - 11/1986: District Court, Felony Division/Grand Jury
Review, conference and evaluate felony cases; conduct preliminary hearings; screen, prepare and present cases to the Grand Jury.

04/1984 - 05/1985: Crull, Meers and Ryan
Law Clerk - Research and write pleadings, memoranda and briefs for general practice firm.

08/1984 - 01/1985: Jefferson County Attorney, Juvenile Division
Intern - Represent the County in juvenile proceedings under the supervision of an Assistant County Attorney.

I have been fortunate enough to have friendships with lawyers all over the country. There guidance and friendship have made me the lawyer I am today. I also had as a father-in-law one of the great legal minds in Kentucky, Henry Triplett. I learned a lot from him and hope that one day I can be half of the lawyer he was.

I love explaining the legal process to my clients. I want clients who are educated on what is happening in settlement and litigation so they can make decisions that are best for them in their case.

Personal interests:

I love spending time with my family, skiing, biking, playing golf and lifting weights when I am not practicing law.

  • Bar Number: 81542
    Kentucky , 1988
  • University of Louisville
    Juris Doctorate , 1985
    Louisville, KY
    • Associate Editor of the Louisville Law Examiner
    • President of Sigma Delta Kappa Law Fraternity
  • University of Louisville
    Bachelor of Science , 1981
    Louisville, KY
    • Treasurer Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
    • Major: Commerce

Michael A. Schafer

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