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Douglas Senger Saeltzer

Personal injury Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Doug Saeltzer

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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About Douglas

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Practice area
  1. Personal injury

    27 years, 1,000 cases



AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2012
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Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger


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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2011
Doug Saeltzer: An Excellent Personal Injury Lawyer
Mr. Saeltzer is an outstanding personal injury lawyer. He represented my teen-aged daughter who had sustained a severe burn. He was very empathetic to her situation, spent a lot of time with us explaining procedures and strategy and was completely accessible when we needed to ask him any questions. He did not give us any false hope about the outcome. He prepared us very well for the depositions and the settlement meeting. I was extremely impressed with his knowledge of the law, his ability to accurately interpret the intent of the law and his strategy when dealing with the lawyers from the insurance company. His sense of timing and just how far we could push enabled my daughter to recieve a much greater settlement than we had expected or even hoped for, but one she completely deserved. He helped us through the process of figuring out a tax free annuity and connected us with an excellent annuity expert who worked with us to finish the process. I feel my daughter received the best representation possible from Mr. Saeltzer and the Walkup, Melodia, Kelly and Schoenberger Law Firm. I cannot recommend him or the Firm more highly.
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Posted by Jessie | July 6, 2011
July 6th 2011
My experience with Douglas was very pleasant. He was trustworthy, easy to talk to, always avaialable to speak with me and proficient. He did everything that he possibly could for my case and at the end I was very pleased. He wasnt just my lawyer he was also a friend and helped me get through this hard time in my life.


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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
  • 1998 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • U.C. Hastings College of the Law
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Captain
  • U.S. Army
  • 1995 - 1998


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Anderson v County of Stanislaus
  • $8,250,000
  • Confidential v Confidential
  • $6,500,000
  • Child v. HMO
  • Settlement - $4,750,000
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  • American Board of Trial Advocates (San Francisco chapter)
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Faculty Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Jury Verdict of the Week
  • Verdict Search
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Report of the Week
  • Verdict Search
  • 2006
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 1997
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  • California Appellate Reports, 4th Edition
  • Smock v. State of California
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Lawyers of the Year
  • Opening Statements
  • 2011
  • CEB - New Developements in Torts
  • Personal Injury Law
  • 2010
  • CEB - New Developments in Torts
  • Personal Injury Law
  • 2007
  • Law & Motion in Northern California Superior Courts
  • Law & Motion
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
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Personal injury Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Douglas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Doug, first as a clerk, and now as an associate attorney, for the past five years. Doug, who just won the title "Trial Lawyer of the Year" (with SFTLA) is a brilliant attorney. He is unsurpassed for his piercing analysis of complex issues, and his ability to persuasively break down a case. It is a privilege to work with him."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Doug for over 10 years. He is one of the most skilled lawyers I know. The results he achieves for his clients are second to none. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Doug is a partner at Walkup Melodia, where I practice as an associate. Doug frequently works with me on cases, and is always there to offer excellent advice. He has an amazing ability to quickly evaluate what specifically matters in a case--when I want a clear answer to a difficult question, I turn to Doug. I of course give him my highest endorsement."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Saeltzer is a talented litigator who I recommend without reservation."
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Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2012
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San Francisco Personal injury Lawyer Douglas Senger Saeltzer
Douglas Senger Saeltzer
Personal injury Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 29 years