Doris Cheng

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
 | 650 California Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-981-7210
Fax: 415-391-6965
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Doris Cheng is a member of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, a premier San Francisco-based law firm dedicated to representing victims of negligence in California and other U.S. jurisdictions. Doris, voted by her peers in 2009 as one of the "Best Lawyers in America," focuses her practice on helping people who have suffered catastrophic injuries caused by vehicular negligence, defective products, governmental negligence, medical negligence, sexual abuse and hazardous property conditions. She has obtained several six- and seven-figure settlements on behalf of her clients and has secured a number of favorable jury verdicts in state and federal courts throughout California.

Doris graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1997, with distinction as a public interest law scholar. Following graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong, U.S. district judge for the Northern District of California. In 2008, Doris was nominated as a finalist for the "Trial Lawyer of the Year" award given by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. She frequently speaks on issues related to her practice at both national and international conferences, and has taught advocacy skills to students and practicing attorneys for various organizations.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019

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About Doris Cheng

Admitted: 1998, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.walkuplawoffice.com/Who-We-Are/Doris-Cheng-3.shtm...

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010
  • Finalist, "Trial Lawyer of the Year", San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association, 2008
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Merit Award, 2008
  • John Meehan Fellow (University of San Francisco School of Law Distinguished Alumnus), 2007
  • Recipient, John J. Meehan Alumni Fellow Award, USF School of Law, 2007
  • Extern Law Clerk, Hon. Saundra Brown Armstrong, U.S.D. Court Judge, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Public Interest Law Scholar, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • With Distinction, University of San Francisco School of Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Board of Governors, University of San Francisco, School of Law, 2003 - 2006
  • Executive Committee, American Inns of Court, USF Chapter, 1999
  • Resource Committee, National Association of Women Judges, 2007
  • Oversight Committee Member, Office of Independent Administrator (Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Arbitration System), 2009
  • Mock Trial Committee, San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association, 2003
  • Women's Caucus Chair, San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association, 2004
  • Education Programs Chair, San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association, 2009
  • Education Programs Chair, San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association, 2006
  • Board of Directors, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • Member, Judiciary Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2006 - 2006
  • Chair, Judiciary Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2008 - 2008
  • Board of Directors, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2009 - 2011

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Editor, California Uninsured Motorist Practice, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2005
  • "Persuasive Speaking in the Courtroom", April, 2007
  • "Working with Economists on Personal Injury Damages", National Business Institute, November, 2007
  • "Cross Examination", CAOC 46th Annual Conference, November, 2007
  • Solicitors Advocates Training Program, Belfast, United Kingdom, 2008
  • Trial Skills Training Program, Pristina, Kosovo (U.S. Dept of Justice), 2009
  • Lecturer "Direct & Cross Examinations", University of San Francisco School of Law, Intensive Advocacy Program, 2002
  • "Civil Litigation", National Business Institute, 2002
  • Lecturer "Direct & Cross Examinations", University of San Francisco School of Law, Intensive Advocacy Program, 2003
  • Lecturer "irect & Cross Examinations", University of San Francisco School of Law, Intensive Advocacy Program, 2003
  • Lecturer "Legal Ethics", NITA Advocacy Teacher Training, 2003
  • "Maximizing Damages with Medical Experts", San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Lecturer "Effective Cross Examination", University of San Francisco School of Law, Intensive Advocacy Program, 2004
  • "Suing and Defending the Professional," (San Francisco), California Continuing Education of the Bar, Practising Law Institute, 2004
  • Public Interest Lawyer Advocacy Training, Trainer (San Francisco), 2005
  • Lecturer, Powerpoint for Trial Lawyers (San Francisco), April 5, 2005
  • Presenter, Demonstration Automobile Accident Trial, San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association, April 12, 2005
  • Lecturer, "Right to a Fair Jury Trial Despite the Media", USF Inn of Court, April 13, 2005
  • Guest Speaker, USF School of Law Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, April 17, 2005
  • "Direct & Cross of Experts", University of San Francisco School of Law, Intensive Advocacy Program, 2005
  • "Preparing Expert Witnesses", NITA National Session, 2005
  • Lecturer, Powerpoint for Trial Lawyers (San Francisco), 2006
  • Lecturer, Handling Obstreperous Opposing Counsel (San Diego)
  • Panelist, 6th Annual Bay Area Conference, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, February 4, 2006
  • Presenter: Gaining the Competitive Edge: Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy in California (San Francisco), April 27, 2006
  • "Direct & Cross of Experts" University of San Francisco School of Law, Intensive Advocacy Program", May 29, 2006
  • Co-Presenter: "Closing Argument: The Last Word", University of San Francisco School of Law, Intensive Advocacy Program, June 1, 2006
  • Panelist, 32nd Annual National Trial Competition (American College of Trial Lawyers & Texas Young Lawyers Assocation), February 18, 2007
  • "Settle or Serve", CAOC Tahoe Ski Seminar, March 24, 2007
  • "Practical Tips For Communicating With The Jury", SFTLA, April 10, 2007
  • Presenter, "Direct & Cross of Expert Economist" (NITA National Session), Louisville, CO, 2007
  • Presenter, "Handling the Auto Case From Bumper to Bumper, Part I: Cross Examination", CAOC 46th Annual Conference, 2007
  • Faculty & Presenter, Juvenile Court Trial Skills Program, Bar Association of San Francisco, December 1, 2007 To December 3, 2007
  • Chair & Panelist, "Tactical Containment of Experts", SFTLA, December 11, 2007
  • Chair, SFTLA Roundtable on Arbitrations Issues, December 18, 2007
  • Presenter, "Jury Selection", NITA Southern California Trial Skills Program, 2008
  • Panelist, "Women in the Law", USF Intensive Advocacy Program, May 21, 2008
  • Lectures: "Closing Argument" and "Direct & Cross of Experts", USF Intensive Advocacy Program, 2008
  • "Direct & Cross of Expert Witnesses", Department of Homeland Security In-house Advocacy Training Program, Louisville, CO, 2008
  • Chair & Panelist, SFTLA, Medicine for Jurors, October 14, 2008
  • Evaluating and Advocating Your Settlement, CAOC 47th Annual Conference, November 8, 2008
  • Stanford Law School Mock Trial Invitational, Judge, January 24, 2009
  • National Ethics Competition, Judge, Sacramento, CA, March 20, 2009
  • "Impact Direct Examination", CAOC Tahoe Ski Seminar, March 21, 2009
  • Effective Physical Communication Strategies During Trial (Webinar Lecture - Seminar Web Live!), May 27, 2009
  • Chair & Panelist, "Evidence Advocacy", San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association, June 2, 2006 To June 2, 2009
  • Lecturer, "Closing Arguments", USF Intensive Advocacy Program, June 4, 2009 To June 4, 2009
  • Regional Trial Lawyer Conference, Strategic Deposition Techniques, Squaw Creek, Olympia, CA, June 13, 2009
  • Voir Dire Lecture, NITA Western Regional Trial Skills Program, June 18, 2009
  • Evidence and Theory Testing Lectures, NITA Northwest Regional Trial Skills Program, August 12, 2009

Educational Background:

  • University of California
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Office Location for Doris Cheng

650 California Street
26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: 415-981-7210

Fax: 415-391-6965

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Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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