After graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles, Adjunct Professor Saeltzer attended the University of California at Hastings College of the Law. During his second year of law school he was a member of the Constitutional Law Quarterly. Upon graduation he accepted a direct commission into the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps and spent three years assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division prosecuting criminal cases ranging from minor drug offenses to arson, rape and attempted murder. At the conclusion of his term of service his rank was Captain, and he was the Senior Trial Counsel responsible for overseeing all 82nd Airborne Division trial attorneys. Professor Saeltzer's military achievements include receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for his work as a prosecuting attorney.
In January 1998 Professor Saeltzer completed his military service and brought his extensive trial experience to Walkup, Melodia, Kelly, Wecht & Schoenberger. This firm has specialized in representing injured individuals since 1959. Professor Saeltzer is currently a partner at this firm. He represents clients in civil cases throughout California and in Federal District Courts. His areas of practice include a variety of injury and death cases in the fields of product liability, vehicular negligence, medical negligence, elder abuse, construction site injuries and government liability.
In addition to teaching the personal injury litigation class at Hastings, he also teaches on the faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.