Douglas S. Saeltzer

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in San Francisco, California

Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
Douglas S. Saeltzer
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in California since: 1994

Education: University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2024

Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

650 California Street
26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108 Visit website


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

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

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

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

First Admitted: 1994, California

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Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • 2011 San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • 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
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Assistant Professor, Personal Injury Litigation, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • 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
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

Office location for Douglas S. Saeltzer

650 California Street
26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: 415-981-7210


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2024

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