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Pre-Death Pain and Suffering Statute Enacted

A new law has been signed by the governor changing California law to allow recovery of pain and suffering damages experienced by a person who dies before trial. Historically, California law had prohibited the recovery of pain and suffering damages by anyone other than an injured person who survived until trial. Estates and families had… read more

Walkup Partners Join The Fight Against Ghost Gun Makers

Last month President Biden announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has issued a final rule to rein in the proliferation of “ghost guns” – unserialized, privately-made firearms that law enforcement officers are increasingly recovering at crime scenes in cities across the country. One of our clients introduced President Biden at the White House announcement… read more

Medical Negligence Victims Benefit From MICRA Changes

After 47 years, the California legislature has finally passed a modification of the harsh and unfair MICRA law which has plagued California’s medical negligence victims since 1975. This historic accomplishment comes as the result of an unprecedented mobilization of medical negligence survivors in every state senate district in California who negotiated together with a team… read more

Walkup Firm’s Senior Partner and Shareholder Michael A. Kelly Recognized as One of Daily Journal’s 2022 Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California

California’s most prominent legal newspaper, the Los Angeles | San Francisco Daily Journal, has named Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger Shareholder, Michael A. Kelly, one of 2022’s Top Plaintiff Lawyers in the State. Over the past year, Mr. Kelly has served as co-lead counsel the statewide JCCP In RE Paraquat, venued in Contra Costa Superior… read more

Summer Associate Program – Walkup Law Firm

The Walkup Law Firm is proud to introduce its 2022 Summer Associates who are participating in a 12-week program offering hands-on experience in civil litigation at one of Northern California’s most awarded law firms. This year’s summer associates include law students Daniel Cassee, Ian Head, Corey Jollie, who attend UC Hastings College of Law, Kaylen… read more

[Study] The Most Dangerous Roads in California

Every day, hundreds of people are injured in motor vehicle crashes on California roads.  While a crash can occur anywhere or at anytime, some areas of the state’s vast road network are much more dangerous than others. Where do collisions and injuries occur most often?  Where are motorists at the highest risk of being involved… read more

Michael A. Kelly Named 2022 “Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame” Inductee by the National Trial Lawyers Association

Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger is proud to congratulate shareholder Michael A. Kelly who has been honored as a 2022 “Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame” inductee by the National Trial Lawyers Association. NTL is recognizing Mr. Kelly for his 45-year career as a trial lawyer working to protect consumers from corporate greed, medical mistakes, dangerous… read more

Walkup’s Doris Cheng Named a ‘Champion of Justice’ by the American Board of Trial Advocates

The American Board of Trial Advocates is honoring Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger shareholder Doris Cheng with its inaugural Champion of Justice Award for her leadership in advancing ABOTA’s overall purposes of the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial. “I cannot think of a more fitting nominee to receive the first Champion of… read more

Walkup Partners Honored as Lawdragon’s 2022 Leading Lawyers in America

Lawdragon named Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger shareholders Richard H. Schoenberger and Doris Cheng to its 2022 list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America. The organization honors lawyers who represent the judiciary, public interest, dealmakers, plaintiff advocates, commercial litigators, disability lawyers, and more. Shareholder Michael A. Kelly is a current Hall of Fame Honoree, recognized… read more

Walkup’s Michael A. Kelly Featured in Law Dragon’s Hall of Fame Limelight Interview

” For more than 40 years, celebrated trial lawyer Michael Kelly has dominated courtrooms with a mix of compassion and tenacity that has yielded astounding results. Known as one of the top attorneys in the country for high-stakes personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases, Kelly’s role as name partner and shareholder of firm Walkup, Melodia, Kelly &… read more