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Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash in California – The Questions Remain

On March 23, 2018, 38-year-old, San Mateo man, Walter Huang was killed when his Tesla Model X slammed into a concrete barrier on southbound Highway 101 in Mountain View, California and subsequently caught on fire. According to news reports, Mr. Huang’s Tesla Model X was on Autopilot at the time of the crash. Indeed, at the center of this fatal car accident in San Mateo was Tesla’s Autopilot system. According to records provided by Mr. Huang’s family, the victim had taken his Model X into Tesla because the vehicle had veered towards that very same barrier several times previously. After the collision,…

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Cases of Police Misconduct in Oakland

The U.S. Constitution and other federal laws give police officers a wide range of what they can do to in the name of justice. The California Police Officers Bill of Rights gives police officers immunity from investigation and prosecution for many actions they take during official duty. The law does not, however, give law enforcement free rein to harass or abuse citizens. Police misconduct, or an officer abusing his/her position of power, has been a topic of great controversy in the last several years, in large part due to the number of police activities now caught on civilian cameras. Looking…

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Mike Kelly Selected for Inclusion in ‘2016 Irish Legal 100’

The Irish Legal 100 is proud to announce the 2016 program which has now been released via a national digital edition. The Irish Legal 100 is the preeminent award for lawyers of Irish heritage in North America, and is now nine years old, growing in numbers and prestige every year. You can view all our 2016 honorees via the digital edition link here. The Irish Legal 100 will host special-invitation-only event and award ceremony on the evening of October 27 at the Washington, D.C. home of Irish Ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson. In 2016, the Irish Legal 100…

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Firm Recognized as ‘Top Tier’ Firm in U.S. News 2017 Rankings

And Two Partners Named “Lawyer of the Year” We are proud to announce that Mike Kelly, Rich Schoenberger, Doug Saeltzer, Matt Davis, Khaldoun Baghdadi, Doris Cheng, and Spencer Pahlke have all been selected by the prestigious US News/Best Lawyers publication for inclusion in the 2017 edition of “Best Lawyers“. And equally impressively, the firm as a whole has been cited as a “Top Tier” Best Law Firm in three different areas of specialty: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Product Liability. Additionally, individual “Lawyer of the Year” honors for 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area were bestowed on partners Doris…

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Walkup Partner Douglas S. Saeltzer Selected to Serve on the State of California Committee of Bar Examiners

The appointment carries substantial responsibility as the Committee is responsible for screening all California bar applicants, administering the twice yearly California bar examination, and overseeing the process of law school accreditation throughout the state. The committee also registers unaccredited law schools, studies and reports on proposed changes in the law and other matters concerning the requirements for admission to practice law in California. The committee is composed of 10 lawyers, including one young lawyer member admitted three years or less before the time of his or her appointment, and nine public members who must not be members of the State…

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Michael Kelly reflects on 40 years practicing law

Recently, Lawdragon Press interviewed Michael Kelly, our firm’s managing partner. Kelly, who has been practicing personal injury law in his hometown of San Francisco for 40 years, discussed his law school experience, how his practice has changed over the years, and, of course, the San Francisco Giants. Kelly graduated the University of California Hastings College of Law in 1976, and began practicing that same year. He chose the law over careers in medicine and as a minister, because it seemed the best way to serve others and make the world a better place — and because the sight of blood…

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Walkup Meoldia’s Doris Cheng inducted into elite legal organization

We at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger are proud to announce that Doris Cheng has been selected for membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers. This special honor was made even more special when the ACTL asked Doris to “speak for her class” of 82 new members at the organization’s recent annual meeting. The ceremony put Doris in mind of her family, who originally came from China. She told the audience because of their experience with communism, many of her relatives, including her mother, distrusted lawyers. But as time went on, her mother grew to respect the work that…

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Doris Cheng selected for membership to the elite American College of Trial Lawyers

The American College of Trial Lawyers is among the top honorary societies for lawyers in the country. It’s been around for sixty-five years, and membership is by invitation only. There is an intense vetting process, and the membership cannot exceed 1% of the total lawyer population of any state. Throughout the history of the firm we have had a number of firm members be selected for membership. This year at the ACTL meeting in Florida, Doris Cheng was inducted as a member, along with eighty-two new members from thirty-three states. In addition to being inducted, Ms. Cheng was selected to…

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Walkup Melodia named California’s Top Ranked Law Firms for 2015

Walkup Melodia has been featured in both The Recorder and The Wall Street Journal with the honor of being named California’s Top Ranked Law Firms for 2015. This ranking is based on Martindale Hubbell the firms AV-PREEMINENT rating. The AV Preeminent rating indicates that the rated lawyer has been deemed by his or her peers to have demonstrated the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings are driven by the confidential opinions of lawyers and members of the judiciary who provide reviews of lawyers about who they have firsthand professional knowledge.

Walkup Obtains Multimillion Dollar Wrongful Death Arbitration Award Against Kaiser

An Arbitrator has awarded the surviving family members of an Alameda County woman $2,739,410 against Kaiser for the January 2013 death of Shauna Malone. Malone’s husband and daughters were represented by the San Francisco law firm of Walkup Melodia Kelly and Schoenberger. Walkup partner Michael Kelly, lead trial counsel for the family, expressed satisfaction with the finding of fault but condemned the 40 year old damage law called “MICRA” which prevented the Arbitrator from awarding the family full compensation for what they lost. Malone’s husband, and daughters aged 6 and 4, were barred from recovering more than $250,000 for the…

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