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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

Melinda Derish

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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 

  • Paul Vincent Melodia

    I endorse Ms. Derish, with whom I have worked closely in medical malpractice cases.


    Paul Melodia Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Sara Michelle Peters

    I work at Walkup Melodia with Melinda Derish. Melinda is a formidable attorney. She applies her expertise as a physician and lawyer, along with her careful analytical approach, to every case she works on. More important, she is a quality human being. She is intimidating in trial or a deposition, but approachable to her clients, and to the attorneys she mentors.


    Sara Peters Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Walkup Melodia Kelly Wecht & Schoenberger

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



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
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

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

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