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Melinda Tova Derish

Melinda Tova Derish

Practice areas:

Medical Negligence, Personal Injury, Defective and Dangerous Products, Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Medical Negligence: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
  3. Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: 15%
  4. Defective and Dangerous Products: 15%

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Khaldoun Baghdadi

    I have had the privilege of working with Melinda in a number of cases. She is an exceptional trial lawyer.

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    Khaldoun Baghdadi Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Spencer James Pahlke

    I have the great fortune of working with Melinda at Walkup Melodia. She is case study for incredible achievement: After being a doctor and teaching at Stanford for several years, she decided to switch careers, attend Berkeley Law, then become an accomplished plaintiff's trial attorney. The accolades she has repeatedly received from the community show how truly luck we are to have someone as well studied, experienced and capable as Melinda. I could not recommend her more highly.

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    Spencer Pahlke Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Walkup Melodia Kelly Wecht & Schoenberger

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

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200305/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarNothern California Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarNothern California Super Lawyers2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyWalkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger2003 - Present
Assistant ProfessorStanford University School of Medicine1990 - 1999

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of CourtN/A2006 - 2009
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2003 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2003 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Gavello v. Millman$3,977,830 jury verdict
Jastrab v. Ling$3,162,000 jury verdict
Confidential v. Cardiac Surgeon and Hospital$3,200,000 confidential settlement

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Journal of Law, Medicine & EthicsMature Minors Should Have the Right to Refuse Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment2000

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of California - San DiegoN/AM.D.1984
University of California, BerkeleyN/AB.A.1980

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Pediatric Palliative Care ConferenceLife Sustaining Treatment: Do Kids Have Choices2006
Clinical Team Conference and Scientific SymposiumMature Minors and the Right to Refuse Life-Sustaining Treatment2006
"Bridges" SymposiumDefensive Nursing: Malpractice case studies in critical care2006