Justin Chou

Justin Chou

San Francisco, California

Justin received his J.D. from Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) in 2011 and his B.A. with distinction in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 2008.

As a law student, he was selected to compete in the American Association for Justice Trial Competition and the National Trial Competition on behalf of Berkeley Law. In 2010-11, he co-chaired the Board of Advocates, overseeing the school’s appellate, negotiation, and trial competition teams. He was also elected Managing Editor of the California Annual Criminal Review, and in 2009 he authored an article that was published by the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law.

After graduating from law school, Justin served the community as a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa County. There he represented clients in all aspects of their criminal cases and tried fourteen jury trials. In 2014, he brought his passion and trial experience to Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger to advocate for those who have suffered catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

Justin remains active as a coach for the Berkeley Law Mock Trial team and is a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, and Attorneys Information Exchange Group. He is also an avid motoring enthusiast, musician, and martial artist.


Example Case Results:

Family v. Various Entities
$10,000,000 – global settlement
Represented the family of a man who was killed by dangerous rental accommodation practices.

Minor Children v. Various Entities
$9,750,000 – global settlement
Represented children who suffered birth defects due to toxic exposure.

Patient vs. Medical Device Company and Implanting Doctor
$5,500,000 – settlement
Represented a woman was surgically implanted with a defective medical device.

Outdoor Diner v. Various Entities
$2,125,000 – global settlement
Represented a man who suffered catastrophic brain injury when struck by a vehicle while dining outside at a popular South Bay restaurant.

Zhou v. City of San Jose
$1,000,000 – jury verdict
Represented the family of a man who was killed by a negligently-inspected tree that fell in a busy San Jose public park.



Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2014


  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, California
    • J.D. – 2011
    • Law Review: Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Managing Editor, 2008 – 2010
  • UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With Distinction

Published Works


Past Employment Positions

  • Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office, Deputy Public Defender, 2011 – 2013


  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese