Paul V. Melodia

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice 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: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1965
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Paul V. Melodia is now of counsel at the San Francisco-based law firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. Widely acknowledged as one of the deans of the Northern California personal injury and wrongful death plaintiffs bar, Paul offers a wealth of experience in every facet of personal injury work. His reputation in the field of medical litigation (including medical malpractice, drug and device litigation and hospital-based liability) is unsurpassed. He is a veteran of hundreds of trials and arbitrations and was one of the pioneers in affixing liability on drugmakers for injuries resulting from contraceptives, including the Dalkon Shield IUD. Paul has also been active in the fields of mass tort litigation, product liability litigation and automobile crashworthiness litigation, in which he was one of the first attorneys to successfully prosecute a fuel-fed fire claim against an automobile manufacturer.

    A San Francisco native, Paul obtained both his undergraduate and legal educations at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of numerous professional organizations and honor societies, including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

    *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
    • 50%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, 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, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


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    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021

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    About Paul Melodia

    Admitted: 1965, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Listed Among Best Lawyers in America
    • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Diplomate, American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Order of the Coif, University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
    • Top 5% of Graduating Class, University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1965
    • California, 1965
    • Board of Directors, Boalt Hall Alumni Association
    • Founding Father, Northern California American Inn of Court


    • In 2010, a $5,000,000 medical malpractice, wrongful death settlement for the husband and daughter of a young doctor who died while undergoing treatment at UCSF.  Two $5,000,000 settlements for infants suffering from cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia and developmental delays against a group of medical care providers in 2007 and 2008.  Design defect of a personal watercraft caused severe internal injuries in a middled aged passenger resulting in a $3,750,000 verdict in Napa County, affirmed on appeal establishing that primary assumption of the risk does not apply to a product liability claim. See Resume for numerous other major verdicts and settlement achieved in recent years., 2010

    Educational Background:

    • University of California at Berkeley, A.B. in History, 1961
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    Office Location for Paul V. Melodia

    650 California Street
    26th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94108

    Phone: 415-981-7210

    Fax: 415-391-6965

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