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

For those that may not have been in attendance yesterday evening, 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 MDD, RHS, MAK, JC, and JN….

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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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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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