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Best Lawyers 2009


This year, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger celebrate fifty years of excellence in the field of personal injury litigation. The firm, headquartered in San Francisco, has a long tradition of excellence in representing the victims of individual and corporate wrongdoing. Its attorneys insure that the victims of tortious conduct receive full, fair and complete compensation for their injuries.


Founded by Bruce Walkup, a pioneer in the field of tort litigation, the firm is at the forefront of the personal injury bar and is the oldest plaintiff’s personal injury firm in California. Its reputation for professionalism, competence and aggressive representation is well-known among the defense bar and its clients. Similarly well known is the firm’s willingness and ability to try any case. Through the years, the firm has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for its clients. Areas of specialty include product liability, vehicle negligence, class actions, medical malpractice, drug and device litigation, and complex premises liability. Walkup attorneys pride themselves on their ability to secure the best for their clients while maintaining the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.

In a field where law firms often come and go, the firm’s longevity is remarkable. Among its ranks are six members who can rightfully call themselves among “The Best Lawyers in America®”: Daniel J. Kelly, Paul V. Melodia, Matthew D. Davis, Michael A. Kelly, Douglas S. Saeltzer and Richard H. Schoenberger.

In addition to Walkup, Melodia’s stellar achievements in the courtroom, each of its “Best Lawyers” also regularly contribute to the continuing education of the bar and to pro bono community activities. Firm members have traveled across the United States and to foreign countries to provide continuing legal education instruction to law students, attorneys and specialty bar associations. Walkup lawyers recognize their obligation to educate the next generation of civil litigators to guarantee that the system runs fairly for those who need it most.

Best Lawyers, 2009 (mak rev)