Douglas S. Saeltzer

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 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Douglas S. Saeltzer is a member of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, a San Francisco-based law firm dedicated to representing injured plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases in California and elsewhere. Douglas specializes in handling large personal injury cases involving defective products, construction-related accidents, nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, brain injuries, wrongful death, and a variety of other causes, issues and damages. Since joining Walkup in 1998, Douglas has obtained more than $75 million in jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of the firm’s clients.

    Douglas is a graduate of University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of the Constitutional Law Quarterly. He continues to teach and lecture extensively on topics related to his practice and is a faculty member both at Hastings and with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Douglas has received several professional honors during his career, including the 2011 Trial Lawyer of the Year award from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, inclusions in The Best Lawyers in America publication and an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. In 2010, Douglas was elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He has served on the Executive Committee of the Consumer Attorneys of California in 2017 and 2018.

    *AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis


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    Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021

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    About Douglas Saeltzer

    Admitted: 1994, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Meritorious Service Medal, United States Army

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, American Association for Justice
    • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Assistant Professor, Personal Injury Litigation, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    • Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy


    • Worker v. Construction Company Construction Site Negligence $750,000 Settlement
    • Child v HMO Birth Injury $4,750,000 Settlement
    • Smock v. State of California (Caltrans) and Driver Dangerous Condition of Public Property; Vehicular Negligence $288,000 Jury Verdict
    • Brock v. Bonifacio, et. al. Vehicular Negligence/Products Liability $2,800,000 Jury Verdict
    • Pedestrian v. Driver and Owner of Vehicle Vehicular Negligence/Negligent Entrustment $1,500,000 Settlement
    • Driver v. Truck Company and Vehicle Manufacturer Vehicular Negligence/Products Liability $1,030,000 Settlement
    • Pedestrian v. Delivery Company Vehicular Negligence $925,000 Settlement
    • Worker v. Property Management Company Construction Site Negligence $6,000,000 Settlement
    • Bradley v. Les Driving & Traffic School Vehicular Negligence $355,000 Jury Verdict
    • LaRocca v. Diablo Contractors, Inc., et. al. Construction Negligence/Vehicular Negligence/Dangerous Condition of Public Property $3,050,000 Settlement
    • Decedent's Family v. Delivery Company, Roadway, and Estate of Negligent Driver Wrongful death, Trucking negligence, Dangerous roadway, and vehicular negligence $1,900,000 Settlement
    • Patient v. HMO Medical Negligence $1,100,000 Settlement
    • Student v. School District Government Liability $1,000,000 Settlement
    • Liou v. State of California Dangerous Condition of Public Property $12,200,000 Jury Verdict
    • O'Brien v Wheatley Auto Accident $431,569 Jury Verdict
    • Pedestrian v. Product Manufacturer and Negligent Driver Product Liability and Vehicular Negligence $4,331,250 Settlement
    • Confidential v. Confidential Products Liability $2,000,000 Settlement
    • Marquez v. Transportes Azteca De Oro Bus Accident/Wrongful Death $1,100,000 Settlement
    • Patient v. Doctor and Hospital Medical Negligence $1,000,000 Settlement

    Representative Clients:

    • Smock v State of California (2006) 138 Cal.App.4th 883

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • 2011 San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year

    Educational Background:

    • University of California at Los Angeles
    • Law Journal: Constitutional Law Quarterly

    Industry Groups

    • Amerdican Board Of Trial Advocates
    • Consumer Attorneys Of California
    • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
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    Office Location for Douglas S. Saeltzer

    650 California Street
    26th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94108

    Phone: 415-981-7210

    Fax: 415-391-6965

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    Last Updated: 1/29/2021

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