Walkup, Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger is thrilled to announce that eight outstanding shareholders made the prestigious list of Lawdragon’s 2023 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers for their exceptional dedication to fighting for justice on behalf of their clients. These Walkup personal injury trial attorneys have a track record of consistently putting their clients first. Their inclusion in this prestigious list is a testament to their hard work and dedication, and we are proud to have them as champions for consumer rights.
Our partners included on this year’s list:
Michael A. Kelly has, for more than 40 years, championed the rights of consumers injured or killed as a result of corporate negligence, medical mistakes, dangerous household products, unsafe medical devices, and motor vehicle accidents of every kind. He has tried, arbitrated, or settled more than 200 cases where the recovery by his client has exceeded $1 million. Mr. Kelly helped negotiate the multibillion-dollar resolution of the 2017 California wildfire lawsuits brought against utility giant PG&E.
Richard Schoenberger has enjoyed remarkable success in his 37-year legal career. Mr. Schoenberger has held or shared the record for the largest verdict in various case types in San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Luis Obispo, and San Mateo Counties. His exceptional skills and presence in the courtroom have made him one of California’s most highly respected trial lawyers.
Matthew D. Davis has handled legally significant high-value cases in both state and federal courts recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients. Matt has focused his practice on community matters that he cares about deeply, striving to make his friends and neighbors safer and to prevent future injuries, deaths, and tragedies.
Douglas S. Saeltzer specializes in resolving significant cases on behalf of seriously injured people through trial or settlement. He prides himself on holding powerful entities responsible for the wrongs they commit. In 2011 he was honored as the “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association in recognition of a $12,200,000 jury verdict against a local public entity on behalf of a young girl left in a coma following a tragic accident.
Khaldoun Baghdadi is a highly skilled trial lawyer dedicated to helping people who need and deserve an advocate. He has prosecuted mass tort claims against major corporations who have put large groups of citizens at risk. He has served as lead trial counsel in cases throughout California in matters involving toxic exposure, dangerous drugs, and consumer products. Mr. Baghdadi has also litigated class action claims in courtrooms around the country.
Doris Cheng is acknowledged as one of Northern California’s Top 50 women and Top 100 lawyers. Ms. Cheng has obtained seven and eight-million-dollar settlements and verdicts for injured individuals throughout California. She served as the 106th President of the Bar Association of San Francisco and received the inaugural 2022 Champion of Justice Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Spencer J. Pahlke focuses on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases involving defective products, vehicular collisions, dangerous public and private property conditions. He also teaches at the University of California – Berkeley Law School and is the Director of its Trial Competition Program.
Sara Peters prosecutes and serves as lead trial lawyer for severely injured individuals in cases involving medical negligence, defective products, and transportation network company wrongdoing by corporations like Uber and Lyft. She also prosecutes toxic exposure claims in both state and federal courts.
For more than 60 years, the law firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger has represented clients in Northern California and across the country for personal injuries they have suffered due to the negligence of others.