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For more than 50 years, our San Francisco personal injury attorneys have represented clients throughout California, as well as tourists, who have been injured or lost a loved one due to other’ negligence, carelessness or recklessness. Through our handling of your case, we take time to get to know you, your situation, your goals and your family. By doing this, we can better prepare your case to be heard and ensure that our strategy suits your best interest.

Our approach to case preparation is comprehensive. We review all evidence and documents, and enlist any experts from our network of professionals whose opinions may help to bolster your case. Our Legal team works diligently and effectively for a fair settlement while always being ready to take the case to trial. It is important to us that you get justice and are able to move forward with your life after an injury.

We have been serving clients in San Francisco and throughout California for more than 50 years.

Call Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger today at 415-981-7210 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney Michael A. Kelly


  • California, 1976


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1976
    • J.D.
  • St. Mary's College of California, California, 1973
    • B.A.
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: De La Salle Medal (Academic Excellence)
    • Honors: Milliken Award (Student Affairs)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates San Francisco Chapter, 2010 (President)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates San Francisco Chapter, 2002 - 2003 (National Board Member)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates San Francisco Chapter, 2004 - 2012 (National Board Member)
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 2012 - 2013 (President)
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 2002 - 2012 (Member, Board of Governors)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2002 - 2012 (Member, Board of Trustees)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 1996 (President)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 1990 - 1995 (Executive Board Member)
  • State Bar of California (Member, Litigation Section)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Litigation Section, 2001 - 2006 (Member, Judiciary Committee, Executive Committee)
  • American Association for Justice (Member)
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (Member)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Member)
  • Judicial Council of California, 2000 - 2003 (Member, Jury Instruction Task Force )
  • Judicial Council Advisory (Member, Committee on Civil Jury Instructions (C.A.C.I.))
  • San Francisco Superior Court Judicial Arbitration Arbitrator Selection Committee, 1998 - 2008 (Member)
  • Edward J. McFetridge San Francisco American Inn of Court, 1990 - 1993
  • San Francisco Superior Court
  • Association of Personal Injury Attorneys (United Kingdom)


  • CAL-ABOTA, Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Chapter, - 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell, "AV" Rating (Highest Rating; Received Annually Each Year Since First Rated in 1982)
  • Recipient, CAOC Cartwright Award for Teaching Litigation Advocacy (2012)
  • Recipient, Award, N.I.T Robert Oliphant.A. (2011)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2010 (Also Nominated 1999, 2001, 2008)
  • Top Ten Northern California "Super Lawyers" (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Award of Merit, Bar Association of San Francisco (2007)
  • Listed, "The Best Lawyers In America", 1997 - 2012
  • The Recorder Newspaper: San Francisco's Best Personal Injury Attorney, (Voted by Peers in San Francisco Bar, 2010)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Nominated Finalist, Consumer Attorney of the Year (2008, 2010)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • U.C. Hastings Foundation, Board Membership, 2010 - 2013
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Program Director: West Coast Teacher Training, 2001 - 2010
  • Harvard Teacher Training, 2005 - 2008
  • Colorado Teacher Training, 2006 - 2007
  • New York Teacher Training, 2009 - 2012
  • Judicial Council of California, Member, Jury Instruction Task Force, 2000 - 2003
  • San Francisco Superior Court Judge Pro Tems

Verdicts & Settlements

$52M Jury Verdict: Propane Explosion Causing Wrongful Death & Personal Injury

$17M Jury Verdict: Mason G. v. Bell Sports Inc. – Product Liability Causing Brain Injury

$12.2M Jury Verdict: Pedestrian Injured by Dangerous Roadway Causing Brain Injury

$10M Settlement: United Rentals Industrial Machine Failure Causing Wrongful Death

$9.5M Jury Verdict: Toxic Exposure

$8.37M Jury Verdict: Defective Artificial Hip Manufactured by ASR/DePuy

$8.35M Jury Verdict: Defective Man Lift on Construction Site

$8M Settlement: Clergy Abuse

$5.5M Settlement: Motor Home Manufacturer Product Defect Causing Wrongful Death

$5.25M Settlement: Family v. Motor Home Retailer – Mismatched Car and Trailer Causing Wrongful Death

$3.3M Settlement: Airline Crash Causing Wrongful Death

$3.2M Settlement: Bell Helicopter Crash Causing Wrongful Death

$2.25M Settlement: Parents v. Muncipality – Drowning Causing Wrongful Death

$2M Settlement: Alaska Airlines Commercial Air Crash Causing Wrongful Death

$2M Settlement: Construction Worker Site Fall Causing Wrongful Death

Vehicle Accidents

$8.8M Jury Verdict: Auto Accident Causing Brain Injury

$7.36M Jury Verdict: Car Accident Causing Wrongful Death

$7M Settlement: Big Rig Rollover Caused by Dangerous Highway Merge

$5.65M Settlement: Motorcycle Collision Causing Paraplegia

$4.5M Settlement: Motorcycle Collision Causing Loss of Leg

$3M Settlement: Vehicle Collision Caused by Highway Defects

$3M Settlement: Senior Citizen Injured by Negligent Transit Bus Driver

$2.9M Settlement: SUV Rollover Caused by Defective Design

$2.75M Settlement: Car Accident Caused by Defective Highway Design

$2.5M Settlement: Woman Injured in Boat Accident

$2M Settlement: Pedestrian Injured by San Francisco Light Rail

$2M Settlement: Pedestrian Injured by San Francisco Streetcar

Medical Malpractice (Including Kaiser Permanente Cases)

$38.6M Jury Verdict: Myrick v. Hansa – Failure To Diagnose Stroke

$23.2M Jury Verdict: Rogers v. AMC Clinic – Obstetrical Negligence Leading to Cerebral Palsy

$9.4M Jury Verdict: Dahl v. Stone, M.D. – Delayed Diagnosis of Abscess

$9M Settlement: Twins v. Fertility Center – Negligent Failure to Diagnose Cystic Fibrosis

$6.5M Settlement: HIE Brain Injury at Birth

$6.25M Settlement: Minor v. Valley HMO – Negligent Neurosurgery Causing Personal Injury

$6M Settlement: Delayed Cesarean Section/HIE Causing Birth Injury

$5.7M Settlement: Infant v. Regional Medical Center – Birth Injury

$5.65M Settlement: Anesthesia Overdose Causing Wrongful Death

$5.5M Settlement: Physician v. Hospital – Failure to Diagnose Abscess

$5.38M Settlement: Lin v. HMO – Birth Injury from Medical Malpractice

$5.1M Settlement: Patient v. Medical Device Manufacturer – Dangerous Surgical Device/Medical Malpractice

$5M Settlement: Child v. Doctor – Failure to Recognize Fetal Distress Causing Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

$5M Settlement: Ramirez v. Anonymous Health Plan – Medical Malpractice/Birth Injury Causing Cerebral Palsy

$4.1M Arbitration Award: Newborn v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan – Medical Malpractice Leading to Birth Injury

$4M Settlement: Cardiologist’s Failure to Diagnose Cardiomyopathy Causing Brain Injury

$3.75M Settlement: Homemaker v. Stroke Center – Delayed Diagnosis Causing Personal Injury

$3.4M Jury Verdict: Jastrab v. Ling – Medical Malpractice

$3.25M Settlement: Parents v. Sonoma County Group – Obstetrical Negligence Causing Birth Injury

$3.25M Settlement: Cardiac Malpractice Causing Wrongful Death

$3.1M Settlement: Patient v. Hospital – Medical Malpractice Causing Personal Injury

$3M Jury Verdict: Ethier v. Poindexter – Medical Negligence Causing Personal Injury

$3M Settlement: Baby Anthony v. Pediatrician – Hospital Negligence Causing Birth Injury

$3M Jury Verdict: Failure to Diagnose Skull Fracture Causing Wrongful Death

$2.8M Settlement: Negligent Spinal Surgery Causing Brain Injury

Cycling Accidents

$15M Settlement: Cyclist v. Forest Products Distributor – Big Rig Negligence

$9.5M Settlement: Cyclist v. Alameda County – Defective Roadway

Other Notable Cases

$7M Settlement: Front-end Loader Strikes Workman on Construction Site

$7M Settlement: Utility Pole Explosion (Electric Short)

$4.5M Settlement: Defective Industrial Metal Forming Machine

$4.5M Settlement: Defective Elevator

$4.5M Settlement: Lack of Supervision at School

$3.9M Settlement: On-Campus Sexual Assault

$3.75M Jury Verdict: Polaris Design Defect

$3.1M Settlement: Defective Seat Belt Design

$3M Settlement: Railway Negligence

$3M Settlement: Defective Airplane Component

$3M Settlement: Dangerous Property Condition

$2.75M Settlement: Improper Supervision at School

$2.5M Settlement: Dangerous Drug

$2.5M Settlement: Defective Hot Tub

$2M Settlement: Seat Belt Defect

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Michael A. Kelly

Michael A. Kelly

This attorney practices in California and is Lead Counsel Verified in the following practice areas:

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Medical Malpractice Since 2000
Personal Injury Since 2000
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Medical Malpractice Since 2000
Personal Injury Since 2000
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