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San Francisco
Personal Injury Attorneys

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Established in 1959, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger is one of the premier personal injury firms in the United States.

For more than 60 years, we have proudly represented clients in the San Francisco bay area and across the country for personal injuries they have suffered due to the negligence of others. We understand the hardships that can come with an unexpected serious injury, and we are committed to pursuing the compensation you need to make a full recovery.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, please contact a San Francisco personal injury attorney at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger immediately to discuss your case. We are dedicated to fighting for your right to full and fair compensation.

A Bay Area Personal Injury Lawyer Can Provide Assistance in Your Time of Need

Sudden, unexpected accidents are often life-altering events that can result in extended periods of disability and stress. Dealing with any legal proceedings in such a condition can quickly become frustrating and complicated. This may include legal tasks such as:

  • Communicating with insurance companies
  • Dealing with other uncooperative parties
  • Gathering evidence necessary for your case
  • Completing any paperwork required to file your claim

In these circumstances, an injury lawyer can not only take care of all your legal needs, but also give you peace of mind as you focus on healing and recovery.

At the law firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we help navigate the legal process on your behalf. This includes gathering evidence vital to proving your case, determining the identity of the parties liable for your injuries, and negotiating with insurance companies to ensure you receive the maximum settlement possible for your case.

For more than 60 years, our San Francisco personal injury lawyers have represented clients throughout California.

Our approach to case preparation is comprehensive. We review all the evidence, documents, and circumstances that can help your case, enlisting any experts from our network of professionals whose opinions may help to bolster your case. Our legal team works diligently and effectively for a fair settlement while always being ready to take the case to trial.

Most importantly, we put your needs first. Throughout our handling of your case, we take the time to get to know you, your family, your individual situation, your goals, and your needs. By doing this, we can better prepare your accident case, devising comprehensive legal strategies with your specific needs in mind. Your legal representation should always put YOU first.

Contact Us Today –
See How We Can Help

If you or a loved one have experienced serious injuries due to negligence or carelessness, please contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer. There is no fee unless we recover money on your behalf. It is important to us that you get justice and are able to move forward with your life after an injury.



our clients like us
and recommend us.

We are the #1 rated San Francisco personal injury firm.

Clients Trust Us

“Walkup is the firm where one will find Lawyers with Heart, Feelings, and Integrity. Our experience with them is nothing but Passion we got from Michael Kelly and his staff especially Spencer Pahlke… We got care and [they] handled the case so professionally that I don’t have enough words to write.”

A Yelp User

"The best my family could have chosen. Their services far exceeded our expectations. We worked with Sara Peters. She was compassionate and understanding but also very upfront about what we could expect. If we ever need legal counsel again I would not hesitate to contact them."

A Yelp User

"...What impressed me the most throughout the entire process was not only their superb knowledge but the camaraderie that the 3 of them have as a team. I would without a doubt, highly recommend them to anyone."

A Google User

"...If you are ever in the unfortunate position of needing legal help, you would be doing yourself a great favor by seeking out Spencer’s counsel, or that of anyone at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger."

A Yelp User

"...This company truly cares about people and they work with their heart and not with their greed for money!! If everyone can be this way in this society we would turn this world into true heaven on earth! Thank you Kelly & Schoenberger for all the help!"

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8 Reasons to Choose Us

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Our Clients Win

Over the last 10 years 98% of our clients have recovered compensation for their pain, suffering, and financial losses. That is true for automobile and bicycle accidents, medical malpractice, Kaiser claims, brain injury and paralysis, wrongful death, defective products, and every kind of case we handle.


Most awarded

We have been selected by U.S. News as among the “Best Law Firms in America”. Every one of our partners has been selected by “Best Lawyers”. All rated Walkup lawyers hold the highest ratings for professionalism and ethics from the Martindale-Hubbell rating agency. 10 of our lawyers have been listed by SuperLawyers; six have been nominated for the San Francisco Trial Lawyers of the Year Award - one of them four different times; one is the 2015 San Francisco Personal Injury “Lawyer of the Year” as determined by US News Best Lawyers; our trial lawyers have been honored by local and state bar associations, national honor societies and state organizations.


No upfront fees

We are a 100% contingency fee firm. We charge no upfront fees or retainers for investigation or expert reviews. We advance the money to investigate, file, prosecute, and where necessary, try our client’s cases. We are only paid when we recover at the end of the case. No recovery, no fee.


We beat insurance companies

Since 1959 we have fought against insurance companies for our clients. Auto insurers, homeowners insurers, property insurers, medical insurers, casualty, excess, umbrella, special Iines and city, county and government insurers know we will fight for our clients. Insurance companies are not an injured person’s friend - we know that and fight for your rights.


Clients like us

We are the #1 rated San Francisco personal injury firm on YELP. Our YELP reviewers consistently refer to our concern for them as human beings and our professionalism. We care about our clients as people.


Over $1 billion recovered

We Get Results. Through the years we have recovered more than one billion dollars on behalf of clients injured through the wrongful conduct of others. We have prevailed and recovered money for clients injured in a multitude of circumstances.


We try cases

While most cases settle, some cases need to be tried for our clients to recover full value. Insurance companies and major corporations will not pay full value of a case if they are not afraid of the plaintiff’s lawyer in trial. If your lawyers cannot win in trial you have no negotiating power. We win in trial; judges and defense lawyers know that. Our team of injury attorneys have been honored as “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and the California Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.


Doctor on staff

Unlike 99% of other firms we have a full time physician attorney on our staff and a second doctor-lawyer available on call to consult on medical questions, expert finding and medical malpractice case screening. These skilled professionals help us understand our clients’ medical issues and select the best testifying medical professionals for deposition and trial.




Community Care and Support
Walkup team members have consistently contributed to the welfare and improvement of the people and communities of the Bay Area and Northern California.
With the support of Walkup, UC Hastings Alumni Michael A. Kelly, Richard H. Schoenberger, and Matthew Davis committed $1 million to the law school. The main lecture hall in the new academic building at 333 Golden Gate Avenue will bear the Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger name.
Communities we've helped

We have more million-dollar verdicts & settlements than any firm in the Bay Area.

We have more million-dollar verdicts & settlements than any firm in the Bay Area.

$52 Million

Wrongful Death and Personal Injury

$38.6 Million

Failure to Diagnose Stroke

$17 Million

Product Liability Causing Brain Injury

$12.2 Million

Pedestrian Injury by Dangerous Roadway

Results that matter

We have an unmatched record of multimillion-dollar results

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Meet Our Attorneys

Michael A. Kelly

Michael A. Kelly


Richard H. Schoenberger


Matthew D. Davis


Douglas S. Saeltzer


Khaldoun A. Baghdadi


Doris Cheng


Spencer J. Pahlke


Sara M. Peters


Conor M. Kelly


Andrew P. McDevitt


Valerie N. Rose


Jeffrey A. Clause

Associate Attorney

Christian R. Jagusch

Medical Negligence Counsel

Joseph Nicholson

Associate Attorney

Max Schuver

Senior Mass Torts Counsel

Kelsey S. Constantin

Associate Attorney

Kelly L. Ganci

Associate Attorney

Kevin L. Domecus


Owen P. Stephens


Katherine Connolly

Associate Attorney

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