Cheng, Doris

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Address: 650 California St. Fl. 26, San Francisco, CA 94108
Lawyer Firm: Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger
Phone: 415-981-7210
Fax: 415-391-6965

Areas of Practice Personal Injury

Widely recognized for her legal work, Ms. Cheng has been ranked as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Northern California. She is listed among the Best Lawyers of America®, SuperLawyers® and San Francisco Best Lawyers. Specializing in complex injuries caused by third party negligence, Ms. Cheng has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of disabled citizens throughout California. She completed a $13,500,000 settlement on behalf of 60-year-old gentleman who suffered severe brain damage due to carbon monoxide poisoning; a $6,800,000 award on behalf of a mother and her child for birth injuries resulting in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy to the child; and a global $14,250,000 settlement on behalf of a 45-year-old man who suffered severe burn injuries in an industrial accident.

A frequent guest lecturer and adjunct professor, Ms. Cheng has trained lawyers and judges nationally and internationally. As part of the Rule of Law Initiative, she has had the privilege of training trial lawyers and judges in Mexico, Kosovo, and Macedonia. She has also collaborated and trained with civil practitioners in Singapore and Belfast. This past year, she led trial skills training for criminal prosecution offices in Glasgow, Scotland and multiple Caribbean countries.

Ms. Cheng is also the Program Director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Western Region Advocacy Teacher Training Program. In 2012, she was awarded the Robert E. Keeton Award for outstanding service by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She is the 2015 recipient of the University of San Francisco Professional Achievement Award.

Ms. Cheng is involved in local bar associations and community organizations. She is the current Secretary of the San Francisco Bar Association and immediate Past President of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. She is a former Chair of the Civility Matters! Program and current national representative for the American Board of Trial Advocates (San Francisco Chapter). She is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She serves on the Kaiser Arbitration Oversight Board.

She is a co-author of the eminent Rutter Group California Practice Guide on Personal Injury, and the trial practice guide, Mastering the Mechanics of Civil Jury Trials.

Following the induction of new Fellows of The American College of Trial Lawyers, Doris Cheng gave a speech to all the new inductees about being awarded such an elite honor.

LAW SCHOOL AND TEACHING AFFILIATIONSNational Institute of Trial Attorneys

Program Director, Advocacy Teacher TrainingProgram Director, International Training (Kosovo & Macedonia – in connection with the U.S. Department of Justice)Faculty, Solicitor Advocates Training, Belfast, UKFaculty, Trial Skills & Deposition Training Programs (public, private and government programs)

University of San Francisco School of Law

Board of Counselors, 2011 – presentBoard of Governors, 2003 – 2006Intensive Advocacy Program, Executive Committee & Faculty, 1999 to presentIntensive Advocacy Program, Co-Director, 2005Coach, Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition (4 teams for USF), 2004

Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program, Faculty 2003-2008, 2011

UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall Adjunct Professor, 2010-2011

University of San Diego School of Law Advocacy Training, Mexicali, Mexico (in connection with USAID grant), 2010

Lowell High School (San Francisco) Coach, Mock Trial Team, 2010 – present

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES Girls Basketball CoachCornerstone Academy (8th grade), 1995Notre Dames des Victoires (5th through 8th grade), 1999 – 2002Lowell High School, Summer Clinic (JV and Varsity), 2003BCSFYAO (5th and 6th grade), 2004 – 2006ST. Patrick (Catholic Youth Organization) (5th through 7th grade), 2007 – 2009Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic, 1997 – 2000Log Cabin Ranch Gardening Project (SF Youth Guidance Center), Volunteer, 2014

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