Richard H. Schoenberger

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
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Italian
Attorney Profile

Richard H. Schoenberger has enjoyed remarkable success in his thirty-year legal career. His outstanding skills and presence in the courtroom have made him one of the most highly respected trial lawyers in California:

At various times he has held or shared the record for the largest verdict in particular case types in San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Ten of his many jury verdicts have been for at least a million dollars and most have been for multiple millions, including eight figures. Most recently, in May of 2017, a jury awarded his clients $5,300,000 in San Mateo County in a heavily disputed wrongful death lawsuit.

In the past 5 years alone, Rich has achieved results, either through verdict or settlement, that total more than $150,000,000, including more than 35 million and multi-million dollar recoveries.

Rich was selected as the 2016 Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in the San Francisco area. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”.

In 2011, he was selected as the Trial Lawyer of the Year by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. It was his second nomination for this prestigious award.

For the past seven years, Rich has been recognized as one of the “Top 100” lawyers in Northern California, as evaluated by Super Lawyers.

He is “AV” peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Rich has been included in the national publication The Best Lawyers in America for the past eleven years and has been a Super Lawyer in Northern California for every year the designation has existed.

Owing to his many achievements in the courtroom, Rich is an invited member of the most prestigious trial lawyer organizations in the country: The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates, where he served as President for the San Francisco Chapter during its 50th Anniversary year. He has recently chaired and/or presented at various Masters In Trial programs and other programs for ABOTA.

Rich has taught trial advocacy on a national and international level since the early 1990’s. In California, he spent years teaching Advanced Trial Practice as an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). He has also served as a faculty member for the Judicial Council of California’s Judicial Studies Program. As a highly rated member of the faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Rich has been invited to teach advocacy at NITA’s rigorous National, Midwestern, Northwestern, Western and Pacific Regional programs as well as for private firms throughout the country. He is program director for NITA’s inaugural Western United States Advanced Trial Program. Rich has also served frequently as a team leader at Emory Law School’s renowned Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program in Atlanta, Georgia.

In June of 2004, The American Bar Association, in concert with the Department of Justice’s Central European Eurasian Law Initiative, invited Rich to the Republic of Georgia where he taught advocacy to 24 selected attorneys whose government had only recently allowed the right to a jury trial. In 2005, he was invited to lead a similar program in Sarajevo. In 2011, he led a trial advocacy program in Belfast for Northern Ireland solicitors.

After graduating from Santa Clara University in 1982, Rich attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He began practice in 1985 as a Deputy District Attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted serious felonies. He joined the Walkup office in August of 1987 and became a partner in 1995. With Walkup, he has tried dozens of cases in more than ten counties throughout the state of California.

Rich is experienced in a wide variety of case types including traumatic brain injury, paralysis, workplace accidents, vehicular and bicycle negligence, medical malpractice, product liability, government liability, aviation disasters and wrongful death claims.

In an article printed in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, an opponent was quoted as follows: “Schoenberger is everything that a good plaintiff’s lawyer should be: ethical, professional and smart, and he works hard.”

As for life outside the law, beginning in 2013, and when not in trial, Rich teaches 6th grade English, Math and mock trial at Bridge the Gap, a wonderful Marin City school designed to prepare at risk youths for high school and college.

For years before that, Rich served as CYO Athletic Director at St. Patrick’s in Larkspur and as Minor League Rep for the Twin Cities’ Little League Board of Directors. Rich also used to be found on some field or court, having coached more than 30 of his three kids’ teams over the last decade. Now he just watches silently from the stands in full recognition that each of his kids is finally being coached by someone who knows what he or she is talking about.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (100%): 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

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: 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

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017

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About Richard Schoenberger

Admitted: 1985, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.walkuplawoffice.com/Attorneys/Richard-H-Schoenber...

Honors and Awards:

  • Nominated Finalist, SFTLA's Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 2001 - 2001
  • Presidential Award of Merit, CAOC, 2001 - 2001
  • Elected as one of Northern California's Super Lawyers since 2004, Richard H. Schoenberger is one of Northern California's top trial lawyers. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, has been named one of The Best Lawyers In America for six years running, is a nominated Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and the American College of Trial Lawyers, two of the most pretigious legal honor societies in the country, and was twice voted a nominated finalist for SFTLA's Trial Lawyer of the Year award.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California, 1985
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Board Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Rich has taught trial advocacy on a national and international level since the early 1990's. In California, he is a frequent speaker for the Consumer Attorneys of California and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. He has also served as a faculty member for the Judicial Council of California's Judicial Studies Program. As a highly rated member of the faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Rich has been invited to teach advocacy at NITA's Midwestern Regional, Western Regional, Pacific Regional and National programs, as well as for private firms throughout the country. Rich has also served as a team leader at Emory Law School's renowned Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program in Atlanta, Georgia. In June of 2004, The American Bar Association, in concert with the Department of Justice's Central European Eurasian Law Initiative, invited Rich to the Republic of Georgia where he taught advocacy to 24 hand-selected attorneys whose government had only recently allowed its citizens the right to a jury trial. In 2005, he was invited to lead a similar program in Sarajevo.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Rich has coached approximately 25 youth sports teams in the last 10 years, including basketball, baseball, soccer and softball. For years he was the CYO Athletic Director for St. Patrick School in Larkspur, California and the Twin Cities Little League's Minor League representative.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Member of Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Invited Speaker, Direct Examination, San Francisco Public Defender's Office
  • Faculty Member, Judicial Studies Program, California Judicial Council
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Chu v. Bay Area Community Services, Jury Verdict – Psychiatric Malpractice/Premises Liability, $1,000,000
  • O’Cain v. Basu, Jury Verdict – Medical Malpractice, $1,000,000
  • Lown v. Mildenberger, Jury Verdict – Premises Liability, $1,072,000
  • Quackenbush v. CSAA, Jury Verdict – General Negligence, $2,500,000
  • Perez v. CCSF, Settlement – Public Transit Liability, $3,000,000
  • Thornburgh v. City of Auburn, Settlement – Dangerous Condition of Public Property, $3,000,000
  • Machinist v. Industrial Machine Design, Settlement – Product Liability, $4,000,000
  • Receptionist v. Elevator Company, Settlement – Premises Liability, $4,500,000
  • Minor v. Valley Unified School District, Settlement – Negligent School Supervision, $4,500,000
  • Driver v. Vineyard, Settlement – Course and Scope of Vineyard Worker, $4,750,000
  • Kim v. Zarour, Jury Verdict – Wrongful Death, $5,300,000
  • Motorcycle Driver v. State Employee, Roadway Collision, $5,750,000
  • Window Contractor v. Scaffolding Company, Settlement – Dangerous Workplace, $6,000,000
  • Wrongful Death Heirs v. Car Company, Settlement – Negligent Operation of Vehicle, $6,500,000
  • Truck Driver v. General Contractor, Work Place Accident, $7,000,000
  • Widow v. National Package Delivery, Settlement – Truck v. Auto Collision, $7,750,000 Settlement
  • Driver/Passenger v. Chip Seal/Paving Company, Settlement During Jury Selection – Traumatic Brain Injury, $7,900,000
  • Patient v. Hospital, Settlement – Medical Malpractice, $8,000,000
  • Law Student v. County, Settlement – Dangerous Condition of Public Property, $8,250,000
  • Kammerer v. Alimak Hek AB, Jury Verdict – Construction Accident/Product Liability, $8,340,000
  • Hotel Worker v. Parking Garage, Settlement – Traumatic Brain Injury, $8,750,000
  • Perry v. Budget, Jury Verdict – Automobile Accident, $8,765,000
  • Loh v. County of Alameda, Settlement – Bicycle Accident, $9,500,000
  • Driver v. Trucking Company, Settlement – Paralysis in Truck Collision, $11,000,000
  • Liou v. State of California, Jury Verdict- Dangerous Condition of Public Property, $12,200,000
  • Guest v. Hotel Chain, Settlement – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, $13,500,000
  • Goodloe v. Bell Sports, Inc., Jury Verdict – Defective Consumer Product, $17,000,000

Representative Clients:

  • Perez v. CCSF
  • Thornburgh v. City of Auburn
  • Machinist v. Industrial Machine Design
  • Minor v. Valley Unified School District
  • Window Contractor v. Scaffolding Company
  • Wrongful Death Heirs v. Car Company
  • Chu v. Bay Area Community Services
  • Beltram v. City and County of San Francisco
  • O'Cain v. Basu
  • Lown v. Mildenberger
  • Quackenbush v. CSAA
  • Perry v. Budget
  • Loh v. County of Alameda
  • Goodloe v. Bell Sports, Inc.
  • Liou v. State of California

Educational Background:

  • Santa Clara University, 1982
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Office Location for Richard H. Schoenberger

650 California Street
26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: 415-981-7210

 

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Last Updated: 6/13/2017

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