Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
650 California St., 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Michael Kelly is in his 4th decade of representing those injured by the wrongdoing of others. During his career he has tried, settled or arbitrated more 170 cases where his client received at least $1,000,000. At various times he has held or shared the record for the highest verdict amount in particular case types in San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Clara and Sonoma Counties. His jury verdict in a medical negligence case in Minnesota in 2010 ranks among the nation's largest verdicts for obstetrical injury. His practice includes prosecution of medical device, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, product liability and government liability claims. He represents clients both in and out of California. In 2010 he was voted by the members of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association as "Trial Lawyer of the Year." He has been chosen by the readers of San Francisco's Recorder legal newspaper as the "Best Personal Injury Attorney" in San Francisco. In 2013 he was honored to serve as the President of the International Society of Barristers. He is a National Board member of ABOTA, and participates on the governing board of NITA and the ABOTA Foundation. His commitment to continuing legal education and pro-bono work is well known. He has served as an invited speaker at more than 150 continuing education seminars for attorneys across the country (and outside the United States) on subjects ranging from civil trial practice to cross-examination, evidence, opening statement and final argument. He taught litigation advocacy at U.C. Hastings College of the Law from 1981- 2001 and at courses in England, Ireland, Scotland, Eastern Europe and Asia. He served as the director of teacher training programs for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy from 2001 - 2012. In 2012 he was honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California with the Robert E. Cartwright award, given to a member of the Association for contributions to the teaching Trial Advocacy. In 2011 he was honored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy with the prestigious Robert Oliphant Award, recognizing his pro bono contributions to advocacy teaching.