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2019’s SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year Awarded to Conor M. Kelly

Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger attorney Conor M. Kelly and Andje Medina from Altair Law won the 2019 SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year competition for a case last year that netted $3,000,000 in settlement claims. The case was called Belo v Bally Hallinan Properties and it involved a property fire caused by the owner’s negligence in San Francisco that resulted in wrongful death. The award was decided by the SFTLA Board after a process of elimination with 9 other cases including cases tried by Walkup attorneys Matthew Davis, Richard Schoenberger, Michael Kelly, Justin Chou, and Joseph Nicholson.   Making this an even…

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What Is the Settlement Check Process?

The personal injury claims process can take a significant amount of time to complete. When you factor in the investigation process, pre-trial negotiations, insurance claims and medical evaluations you can look at up to a year or more to reach the end of it. However, once you complete the claims process, you can receive a significant reward: the settlement check. When you file a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim, you can receive compensatory damages to recover from losses sustained in your injury. These damages can include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and…

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Are Out-of-Court Settlements Taxable?

The vast majority of personal injury claims settle outside of court. Very few reach conclusions by a jury verdict. While this may seem like an easier resolution for the parties involved, it is vital for a plaintiff who receives a settlement outside of court to acknowledge his or her financial obligations. After receiving an out-of-court settlement, the plaintiff will not only need to handle his or her attorney’s fees, but the IRS may also expect a portion of the settlement. The attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have more than 50 years of experience with civil claims in California…

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2019’s Safest Cars For A New Driver

Shopping for a new car can be equal parts exciting and frustrating; looking at all your available options can be fun, but it can also be difficult to find one that meets your needs. If you are a new driver shopping for a vehicle, or a parent looking for a vehicle for your teen who just earned his or her driver’s license, safety and being car accident-free is likely one of your top priorities. Newer drivers are statistically more likely to get into accidents than seasoned drivers, so vehicle safety should be a top priority for any new driver looking…

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What to Do After a Bike Accident

A bicycle accident can be a traumatic experience, but anyone involved in such an accident must take appropriate steps following the incident to avoid legal issues or complications in a future lawsuit. A bicycle accident can easily lead to severe damages for serious injuries, fatalities, and permanent disabilities. The bicycle accident lawyer you speak to and steps you take after a bicycle accident can dramatically impact how much you recover from future legal action. First Steps Your first priority after any type of accident should be your personal health and well-being. Check yourself for serious injuries and do not move…

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Rules of the Road in San Francisco

Every San Francisco bicyclist should understand the rules of the road for biking in the Bay Area. Bicycles are an environmentally friendly alternative mode of transportation for many people while others simply ride for exercise or leisure. Regardless of why you ride your bike in San Francisco, you need to know how to safely navigate the city’s busy streets. Staying on the Road Bicyclists may not ride on sidewalks unless they are younger than 13 years old. This means all San Francisco cyclists should ride in the road and keep to the bike lane wherever there is one available. Cyclists…

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Bicycle Safety Tips For 2019

Bicycles are popular for leisure, exercise, and as an ecologically friendly commuting alternative. However, biking on major roads can be dangerous so it is always best to know the latest safety information for bicycling in California. In 2019, stay safer while bicycling by following some easy tips and best practices. Keep to the Right Bicyclists may take the lane when necessary, such as to move out of a turn-only lane or to execute a left-hand turn at an upcoming intersection. Aside from these instances, bicyclists should keep to the right whenever possible. Most major roads have a bike lane, but…

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How Does Bicycle Accident Compensation Work?

A bicycle accident can lead to significant property damage and serious injuries. Depending on how an accident happens, liability for the resulting damages may fall to one or more parties. Plaintiffs in bicycle accident cases often wonder how compensation for their damages works. It’s always a good idea to call a bicycle accident lawyer to ask questions. Many individuals need economic relief immediately following a serious injury to handle medical expenses and lost income from time spent home from work due to an injury. However, a personal injury case can take months or even years to resolve in some cases,…

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Walkup Donates $1 Million To UC Hastings Law

SAN FRANCISCO – Three alums known as Michael A. Kelly 76′, Matthew Davis ’89, and Richard Schoenberger ’89 with the help of their law firm, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger recently donated $1 million to their local law school known as UC Hastings Law. Over the years they have brought endless claims on behalf of their plaintiff for personal injury, defective products, premises liability, and traffic collisions to name a few. Over the course of their career, they have managed multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts and for decades have taken the time to teach trial advocacy. The donation will help fund the…

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Doris Cheng, Installed As 2019 President of the Bar Association of San Francisco

  On December 18th, 2018 more than 450 members of the legal community gathered at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco for the installation of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger’s Doris Cheng as the new President of the Bar Association of San Francisco for 2019. Cheng is easily identified as a top-litigator and educator of law for many judges and lawyers who practice both nationally and internationally. Cheng’s installation speech began with giving credit to those that have been a part of her progress and growth. The Cheng family members, the Dent family, and her Walkup family. Accrediting her family…

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