Under the leadership of partners Rich Schoenberger and Spencer Pahlke, the firm has initiated a program to empower and enable lawyers of limited experience and financial resources to try cases that otherwise might not be cost-effective or feasible. We have developed this collaborative approach with solo practitioners and smaller firms to fight back against the vanishing jury trial and to actively support community members’ rights under the 7th Amendment.
With Walkup Team-Up, collaborating counsel receive the benefit of a dedicated Walkup Law Firm trial lawyer to try the case with them, together with behind-the-scenes strategic support from some of the industry’s most experienced and respected trial attorneys. We offer the opportunity to joint venture trials for California state and federal personal injury cases that are within four weeks from the start of the trial and for which settlement seems extremely unlikely. There is no minimum case size or duration.
If a case is selected, Walkup will finance up to $25,000 of advanced case costs. Those costs are subject to repayment only in the event of a successful collectible verdict.
In some cases more than one Walkup trial lawyer may be available to assist. In addition, one of Walkup’s most veteran trial lawyers (either Richard Schoenberger or Michael Kelly) will hold a strategy session with associate counsel and provide ongoing mentorship to the Walkup attorney who tries the case. In addition, those who apply for Walkup Team-Up with a qualifying case will receive automatic access to our motion in limine Sharefile database.
Founded in 1959, we have built a reputation for integrity, skill and excellence in bringing cases before juries. We are willing to confront defendants and insurers of all sizes. Our trial experience covers a wide variety of case types. All of our trial lawyers, from the most junior to the most senior, are committed to maintaining and protecting the right to jury trial. It is only in a courtroom that the average citizen can hold their government, large institutions and corporations accountable and responsible for their wrongdoing. We are committed to making sure that jury trials remain the centerpiece of our civil justice system.