Doris Cheng, Esq.

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Title: Shareholder
Company: Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Doris Cheng, Esq., Shareholder at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.

Specializing in wrongful death, catastrophic injury, government liability, medical negligence, sexual molestation, premises liability and vehicular negligence, Ms. Cheng has been serving as a shareholder with Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger since 1998. Successfully obtaining multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for disabled citizens in California, she has also frequently lectured and served as a faculty member of several universities, including the University of San Francisco, Emory University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2012, she has been a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, having also sat on the board of counselors in the School of Law at the University of San Francisco since 2011.

Alongside her primary career endeavors, Ms. Cheng has been a coach for the mock trial team at Lowell High School in San Francisco, CA, since 2010, having previously served as a fifth through seventh grade girls’ basketball coach for the St. Patrick Catholic Youth Organization from 2007 to 2009. Notably, she was a trainer for the Rule of Law Initiative for the U.S. Department of Justice in Mexico, Kosovo and Macedonia, as well as a collaborator of civil practitioners in Northern Ireland and Singapore. Formerly, she served the National Institute for Trial Advocacy as a program director of the Western Region Advocacy Teacher Training Program.

To prepare for her illustrious career, Ms. Cheng earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of California, Davis, in 1994, followed by a summer abroad studies trip to Trinity College Dublin in Ireland in 1996. Serving as a judicial extern for the Honorable Saundra B. Armstrong for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in 1997, she completed a Doctor of Jurisprudence, with distinction, at the University of San Francisco in 1998. She has since been admitted to practice law in the state of California, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California and the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Ms. Cheng has been a frequent presenter in her field and has contributed myriad articles to professional journals throughout her career. Likewise, she was the co-author of “Rutter Group California Practice Guide on Personal Injury” and “Mastering the Mechanics of Civil Jury Trials.” In an effort to remain abreast of developments within the legal industry, she has maintained affiliation with the Bar Association of San Francisco, where she has served as secretary since 2016, as well as the American Board of Trial Advocates, having served on the executive committee and as national representative of the San Francisco chapter since 2015. Furthermore, she has sat on the fellowship committee, national trial competition committee and state committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2015. Her previous memberships have also included the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the American Inns of Court, and the National Association of Women Judges.

As a testament to her profound success, Ms. Cheng has garnered multiple accolades. Listed as one of Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California since 2011 and Best Lawyers in America since 2010, she has been named a California Super Lawyer and one of San Francisco’s Top Attorneys since 2010. Earlier in her career, she received a Professional Achievement Award and John J. Meehan Alumni Fellow Award from the University of San Francisco, a Justice and Diversity Center Volunteer Award and a Merit Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco, and a Robert E. Keeton Award for Outstanding Service from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Notably, she was featured in Minority 40 Under 40 by the National Law Journal.

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