Richard H. Schoenberger
Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA
Richard H. Schoenberger has enjoyed remarkable success in his thirty-three 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.
Most recently, in August of 2018, his client received one of the largest personal injury verdicts in San Luis Obispo County history.
Eleven of his many jury verdicts have been for at least a million dollars and most have been for multiple millions, including eight figures.
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 recently selected as the 2019 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”. This was the second time he was so recognized, having first received the honor in 2016.
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 eight 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.
- 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff
- Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
- Top 100: 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2010 Northern California Super Lawyers
Certificates and Credentials
About Richard H. Schoenberger
First Admitted: 1985, California
Professional Webpage: http://www.walkuplawoffice.com/Attorneys/Richard-H-Schoenber...
- Van Fleet v. City of Oakland, Settlement – Motorcycle Collision, $17,000,000
- Hotel Worker v. Parking Garage, Settlement – Traumatic Brain Injury, $8,750,000
- Driver v. Vineyard, Settlement – Course and Scope of Vineyard Worker, $4,750,000
- Law Student v. County, Settlement – Dangerous Condition of Public Property, $8,250,000
- Machinist v. Industrial Machine Design, Settlement – Product Liability, $4,000,000
- Widow v. National Package Delivery, Settlement – Truck v. Auto Collision, $7,750,000 Settlement
- Quackenbush v. CSAA, Jury Verdict – General Negligence, $2,500,000
- Window Contractor v. Scaffolding Company, Settlement – Dangerous Workplace, $6,000,000
- Liou v. State of California, Jury Verdict- Dangerous Condition of Public Property, $12,200,000
- O’Cain v. Basu, Jury Verdict – Medical Malpractice, $1,000,000
- Perry v. Budget, Jury Verdict – Automobile Accident, $8,765,000
- Kim v. Zarour, Jury Verdict – Wrongful Death, $5,300,000
- Kammerer v. Alimak Hek AB, Jury Verdict – Construction Accident/Product Liability, $8,340,000
- Receptionist v. Elevator Company, Settlement – Premises Liability, $4,500,000
- Driver/Passenger v. Chip Seal/Paving Company, Settlement During Jury Selection – Traumatic Brain Injury, $7,900,000
- Perez v. CCSF, Settlement – Public Transit Liability, $3,000,000
- Wrongful Death Heirs v. Car Company, Settlement – Negligent Operation of Vehicle, $6,500,000
- Guest v. Hotel Chain, Settlement – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, $13,500,000
- Chu v. Bay Area Community Services, Jury Verdict – Psychiatric Malpractice/Premises Liability, $1,000,000
- Loh v. County of Alameda, Settlement – Bicycle Accident, $9,500,000
- Motorcycle Driver v. State Employee, Roadway Collision, $5,750,000
- Minor v. Valley Unified School District, Settlement – Negligent School Supervision, $4,500,000
- Patient v. Hospital, Settlement – Medical Malpractice, $8,000,000
- Thornburgh v. City of Auburn, Settlement – Dangerous Condition of Public Property, $3,000,000
- Truck Driver v. General Contractor, Work Place Accident, $7,000,000
- Goodloe v. Bell Sports, Inc., Jury Verdict – Defective Consumer Product, $17,000,000
- Lown v. Mildenberger, Jury Verdict – Premises Liability, $1,072,000
- Driver v. Trucking Company, Settlement – Paralysis in Truck Collision, $11,000,000
- Bruce v. Telfer Highway Technologies, Inc. et al., Jury Verdict – Motorcycle Collision/Construction Zone, $5,510,000
- Consumer Attorneys of California
- San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
- Faculty Member, Judicial Studies Program, California Judicial Council
- Invited Speaker, Direct Examination, San Francisco Public Defender's Office
- Member of Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
- O'Cain v. Basu
- Wrongful Death Heirs v. Car Company
- Machinist v. Industrial Machine Design
- Loh v. County of Alameda
- Lown v. Mildenberger
- Chu v. Bay Area Community Services
- Minor v. Valley Unified School District
- Perez v. CCSF
- Goodloe v. Bell Sports, Inc.
- Quackenbush v. CSAA
- Beltram v. City and County of San Francisco
- Window Contractor v. Scaffolding Company
- Thornburgh v. City of Auburn
- Liou v. State of California
- Perry v. Budget
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.
- 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.
- Presidential Award of Merit, CAOC, 2001 - 2001
- Nominated Finalist, SFTLA's Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 2001 - 2001
- 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.
- California, 1985
- Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
- Board Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
- Santa Clara University, 1982
Last Updated: 5/15/2022