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John M. Feder

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn
44 Montgomery Street, Suite 1900
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-398-5398
Fax: 415-398-8169
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed in California Since: 1978
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

John M. Feder is a trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience and expertise in representing plaintiffs in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. As a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, John specializes in cases involving defective products, medical malpractice, elder abuse, negligence by public entities, trucking accidents, taxicab accidents and other causes. His tenacity, compassion and dedication to the people he represents are unmatched, and in combination with his experience, has led to numerous outstanding verdicts and settlements over the course of his career.

John is a past president of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) and served as the President of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) in 2014. He has written and lectured extensively on personal injury and trial practice topics for various publications, programs and organizations. He has also taught trial advocacy courses at Hastings College of the Law for many years, and he serves as a settlement conference panelist for the Marin and San Francisco Superior Courts, and for the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice

Selections

16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021

About John M. Feder

First Admitted: 1978, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.rftmlaw.com/Attorney-Profiles/John-M-Feder.aspx

Honors/Awards

  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2002
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2009
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2006
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2010
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2006
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2010

Verdicts/Settlements

  • The Levy Family v. Attias, Confidential settlement
  • The Buzenus Family v. Red Company, $8.75 Million
  • The Winters Family v. PSA Airlines, Confidential settlement
  • The Fan Family v. City and County of San Francisco, $2.25 million settlement
  • Carole Roe v. Limo Company, $1 million insurance policy limit settlement
  • The Diane Whipple dog mauling in San Francisco, Confidential settlement
  • Knoop v. Roe Brokerage Co., $1.7 million settlement
  • Yu v. Vallindras, $1 million
  • The Lee Family v. Laundry Co., Confidential settlement
  • Doe v. White Strip Club, $1.25 million settlement
  • The Doe Family v. Corporate Mobility and others, Confidential settlement
  • Mowatt v. City of Los Angeles, $16 million, consisting of an $18 million judgment against the City of Los Angeles, reduced to $12.25 million for the City's comparative fault and a prior $1.625 million settlement, plus over $2 million in costs and interest following defendant's unsuccessful appeal
  • Sherri v. Hospital, Doctor Doe, and Medical Group, $3.6 million settlement
  • Rossie B. v. Roe Nursing Home, $2.9 million settlement
  • The Millison Family v. Federal Trucking, $4.6 million settlement
  • Guevara v. Roe Machine Co., $2.3 million settlement
  • The Davidson Family v. Means, Confidential Settlement
  • Darr v. Matheson Fast Freight, $8 million settlement and Darr's employer's waiver of a $600,000 workers' compensation lien
  • John Doe v. Ski Resort Co., $1.6 million settlement
  • Stacy H. v. Residential Apartment Building, $7 million settlement

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Five Crucial Focus Group Tips for Counsel, SFTLA, 2006
  • Techniques for Effective Taking and Defending Depositions, BASF, 2006
  • Ski Accident Litigation, CAOC 45th Annual Convention, November, 2006
  • Voir Dire Seminar, SFTLA, 2005
  • How to Increase the Value of Your Focus Group, CAOC, 2005
  • Dealing with Liability Releases, CAOC Hawaii Seminar, 2005
  • Presenting Life Care Plans and Dealing with The Defense Expert, SFTLA, 2004
  • Effective Cross-Examination of the Defense Economist, CAOC Hawaii Travel Seminar, December, 2003
  • Killer Cross Examination Techniques, SFTLA, 2002
  • Tips on Handling The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case Without Driving Yourself Crazy, SFTLA, 2002
  • Hastings Lecture, Trial Advocacy-Handling Brain Injury Cases, 2002
  • Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California, Lorman Education Services, 2002
  • Reading Your Adversary, SFTLA, 2010
  • Tips for Catastrophic Injuries, CAOC Focus Group, 2001
  • Elimination of Bias, Ethics & Substance Abuse, CAOC 49th Annual Convention, 2010
  • How to Enhance the Testimony of Your Accident Reconstruction Expert Using Powerful Demonstrative Evidence, SFTLA, 2001
  • How to Make Settlement Documentaries and Maximize the Value of Your Case, CAOC Hawaii Seminar, 2010
  • Accident Reconstruction from the Ground Up, CAOC Tahoe Seminar, 2000
  • Proving Future Damages When Your Client is Self-Employed, Plaintiff Magazine, December, 2010
  • Betrayal of Trust-Protecting America's Seniors from Neglect or Abuse, CAOC Hawaii Seminar, 2000
  • Putting Together A Settlement Demand Package, SFTLA, 2009
  • Handling the Big Rig Case Using Safety Regulations, SFTLA, 1999
  • Wrongful Death Trucking Litigation, CAOC, 1999
  • Direct Examination at Trial-How to Keep Your Jury Engaged With Your Expert, SFTLA, 2009
  • Product Cases: What You Should Know About Seatbelts, Seatbacks, Door Latches and Tires, SFTLA, 1997
  • Fierce Advocacy v. Civility, CAOC 48th Annual Convention, 2009
  • Creative Strategies for Handling A Medical Device Case, SFTLA, 1997
  • Depositions in the Premises Case, CAOC 48th Annual Convention, 2009
  • The ABC's of a Defective Tire Case, CAOC, 1996
  • Winning Techniques for Premises Liability Cases, CAOC Hawaii Seminar, 2009
  • Lecture, Tips on Handling the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case Without Driving Yourself Crazy, Hastings College of Advocates, 1996
  • Drafting Effective Demand Letter, SFTLA, 2008
  • Creative Strategies for Handling a Medical Device Case, CAOC 35th Annual Convention, 1995
  • Technology for the Courtroom, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • The ABC's of a Tire Case, CAOC Forum, 1994
  • Care and Feeding of Experts: How to Make the Most of Your Experts, SFTLA, 2008
  • What You Should Know About Passive Restraint Litigation, CAOC 34th Annual Convention, 1994
  • Strategies in Litigation: The Dangerous Condition Case, CAOC 47th Annual Convention, 2008
  • Claiming Damages for Impaired Earning Capacity, CAOC, 1993
  • Advanced Expert Witness Tactics, National Business Institute, 2007
  • Proving Liability in Construction Site Accidents, CAOC, 1990
  • Creative Deposition, California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • Handling Uninsured Motorists Case, CAOC, 1989
  • Techniques-How to Systematically Cross-Examine On a Products Case, 2007
  • Products Liability, California Continuing Education of the Bar Trial Practice Institute, 1986
  • Handling The Auto Case From Bumper to Bumper, Part II, CAOC 46th Annual Convention, 2007
  • Closing Arguments of the Masters, SFTLA, 2007
  • Tips For Catastrophic Injuries, CAOC Focus Group, 2006
  • Ten Tips for Successful Mediation, CAOC Tahoe Ski Seminar, 2006

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Board of Governors, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 1995 - 2006
  • Vice President, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2006 - Present
  • President, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • United States District Court, California Northern District
  • Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2000 - Present
  • President, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2014
  • State Bar of California
  • Executive Board, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2006 - Present

Educational Background

  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1975
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Office Location for John M. Feder

44 Montgomery Street
Suite 1900
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-398-5398

Fax: 415-398-8169

Last Updated: 4/7/2021

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