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Doris Cheng selected for membership to the elite American College of Trial Lawyers

The American College of Trial Lawyers is among the top honorary societies for lawyers in the country. It’s been around for sixty-five years, and membership is by invitation only. There is an intense vetting process, and the membership cannot exceed 1% of the total lawyer population of any state. Throughout the history of the firm… read more

Legal Analysis of City Investigator’s Report of Tragic Balcony Collapse

Yesterday (June 23), Alex Roshal, the manager of the building and safety division for the City of Berkeley, issued a 10-page memo entitled, “Staff Recommendation Related to Library Gardens Balcony Collapse at 2020 Kittredge Street.” The report confirms what was already obvious based on the photographs of ends of the broken wooden cantilevered joists of… read more

Walkup Melodia named California’s Top Ranked Law Firms for 2015

Walkup Melodia has been featured in both The Recorder and The Wall Street Journal with the honor of being named California’s Top Ranked Law Firms for 2015. This ranking is based on Martindale Hubbell the firms AV-PREEMINENT rating. The AV Preeminent rating indicates that the rated lawyer has been deemed by his or her peers… read more


As predicted in our blog previously, it is reported that Berkeley Police Department homicide investigators were at the scene of the deadly balcony collapse. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Five-dead-8-hurt-in-Berkeley-balcony-collapse-6329902.php The media is reporting that five of the six students who died in tragedy were from Ireland: Olivia Burke, 21, Ireland Eoghan Culligan, 21, Ireland Niccolai Schuster, 21, Ireland Lorcan… read more

Criminal and Civil Prosecutions Likely to Follow Berkeley Balcony Collapse

We were saddened to learn of the tragic balcony collapse in Berkeley last night killing six Irish visitors and injuring seven others. Having prosecuted a multitude of similar cases, it would not surprise us if investigations conducted in the upcoming days demonstrated deficiencies either in the design, construction or maintenance of the balcony itself. Tragedies… read more

Driver and City of San Rafael Both Likely Legally Responsible for Death of Teen Jogger

There is a sad story posted on today’s SFGate about the death of Aura Celeste Machado, a 17-year-old jogger. She was running on a San Rafael sidewalk and her path was blocked by a large tree that had fallen across the sidewalk. She jogged into the street to get around the tree and was struck… read more

FBI probing Johnson & Johnson’s reaction to surgical tool defect

The possibility of a cover-up of a surgical tool that many accuse of spreading cancer in women has drawn the attention of the FBI. Investigators have reportedly begun interviewing witnesses to examine the possibility that several parties, including medical device makers like Johnson & Johnson, failed to report the defect to authorities. The device in… read more

Family of police shooting victim sues officer, city

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the Walkup firm against a police officer, police department and city authorities outside of California says that the officer should never have been hired to join the force. The suit says the officer, who shot and killed a 15-year-old African American boy in 2012, once attended a… read more

Walkup Obtains Multimillion Dollar Wrongful Death Arbitration Award Against Kaiser

An Arbitrator has awarded the surviving family members of an Alameda County woman $2,739,410 against Kaiser for the January 2013 death of Shauna Malone. Malone’s husband and daughters were represented by the San Francisco law firm of Walkup Melodia Kelly and Schoenberger. Walkup partner Michael Kelly, lead trial counsel for the family, expressed satisfaction with… read more