Ronald H. Rouda

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn
 | 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 750
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-398-5398
Fax: 415-398-8169
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1960
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

If practice makes perfect, then Ron should be getting close. In 2010 he celebrated 50 years in practice. But he is far from slowing down. He continues to combine his wealth of experience with an insatiable curiosity and desire for justice, making him one of the most respected (and feared) trial lawyers in California.

Rouda is the firm's founding partner. He has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. In addition to record-setting verdicts and settlements, he has served as an officer in numerous organizations. He was the President of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 1998 and was a local chapter president. In 1992, he was President of the California Trial Lawyers Association. His awards include ABOTA's highest award, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, ABOTA's California Trial Lawyer of the Year and Don E. Bailey Civility award, SFTLA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and CAOC's Marvin E. Lewis and Robert E. Cartwright, Sr. Awards recognizing his excellence in trial advocacy and dedication to teaching trial advocacy. Rouda is the guiding spirit behind ABOTA's successful nationwide program, The Youth Education Project, an Interactive Curriculum, teaching children about the history, importance and value of trial by jury.

Ron is a strong advocate for consumer safety, and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Greta Van Susteren, Geraldo Rivera, and The O'Reilly Factor. Rouda specializes in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He is a lecturer and author of numerous articles on trial practice, and coauthor of the 5-volume California Tort Practice Guide.

Ron is also an accomplished pianist. He performed a concert for the International Academy of Trial Lawyers' 50th Anniversary Celebration, performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, in the Florence Gould Theatre at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. He also performed another Gershwin concert with an 18-piece orchestra at Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco.

 
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About Ronald Rouda

Admitted: 1960, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.rftmlaw.com/Attorney-Profiles/Ronald-H-Rouda.aspx

Honors/Awards:

  • Marvin E. Lewis Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2003
  • San Francisco Chronicle survey, "One of the Best Personal Injury Plaintiff Lawyers in the Bay Area"
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - San Francisco Chapter Presidential Award of Merit, 1989
  • "Best Lawyers in America" Personal Injury Category Oxford's Who's Who Registry of Extraordinary Professionals California State Senate Certificate of Recognition for distinguished service as CAOC President, 1993
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Presidential Award of Merit for service as Forum Editor-in-Chief, 1988
  • American Board of Trial Advocates' California Trial Lawyer of the Year, 1995
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Marvin E. Lewis Award San Francisco Trial Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Robert Cartwright Award, 2005
  • American Board of Trial Advocates Don E. Bailey Civility Award, 2010
  • American Board of Trial Advocates Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Hastings Advocacy Institute
  • San Francisco Lawyers Club
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1984 - 1988
  • Editor-in Chief, Forum Magazine, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1986 - 1989
  • Parliamentarian, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1987
  • Vice-President, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1989 - 1990
  • President-Elect, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1991
  • President, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1992
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Public Justice
  • American Judicature Society
  • Secretary, American Inns of Court, San Francisco Chapter, 1989
  • Master Bencher, American Inns of Court, 1992
  • American Association for Justice
  • Diplomate, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
  • Fellow, Litigation Council of America
  • President, American Board of Trial Advocates, San Francisco Chapter, 1986
  • Vice-President, American Board of Trial Advocates, San Francisco Chapter, 1987
  • President, American Board of Trial Advocates, San Francisco Chapter, 1988
  • National Board of Directors, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1992 - Present
  • National Vice-President, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1996
  • National President Elect, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1997
  • National President, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1998
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Board of Directors, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of California

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, The Art of the Closing Argument, Consumer Attorneys Of California, 2013
  • "Have We Forgotten What the Tort System is All About?" Forum Magazine, Co-Author California Tort Guide, June 1985
  • "What's All the Shouting About" Forum Magazine, Co-Author California Tort Guide, May 1985
  • "Who's Going to be Supreme" Forum Magazine, Co-Author California Tort Guide, April 1985
  • "DPT Vaccine and the Cry of ‘Wolf’" Forum Magazine, Co-Author California Tort Guide, January 1985
  • "Closing Argument in Wrongful Death of an Eight-Year-Old Child" Forum Magazine, Co-Author California Tort Guide, December 1982
  • "Special Employee of Independent Contractor" CAOC Journal, Co-Author California Tort Guide, 1981
  • Absence of Prior Similar Incidents--The First Victim Doesn't Always Lose, Forum Magazine, Vol. XV, No. 7, 9/85
  • The Buck Stops Here, Forum Magazine, Vol. XV, No. 8, 10/85
  • Products Liability--Punch Press Accidents--To Manufacturers What Extent are the Manufacturers of Punch Presses Required to Guard Against Accidents?, Forum Magazine, Vol. XV, No. 9, 11/85
  • Physician's Alert--An Invasion of Privacy, Forum Magazine, Vol. XV, No. 10, 12/85
  • A Rebuttal to the Insurance Industry's Attack on Royal Globe, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVI, No. 1, 1/86
  • Funny Bookkeeping--How to Orchestrate an Insurance Crisis Through Creative Accounting, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVI, No. 2, 3/86
  • Integrity and Competence, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVI, No. 3
  • A New Perspective on Tort Claims, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVI, No. 4
  • Why Contingency Fees Should Not Be Restricted, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVI, No. 6, 7/86
  • Justice, Justice, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVI, No. 7, 9/86
  • And Now the Rest of the Story, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVI, No. 8, 10/86
  • Unity, Not Chaos, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVI, No. 9, 11/86
  • Grass Roots 1987, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVI, No. 10, 12/86
  • It's Expensive, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 1, 1/87
  • Where will CAOC be in the Year 2000?, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 2, 3/87
  • The Rich Get Richer, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 3, 4/87
  • Tort "Deform" or Insurance "Reform", Forum Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 4, 5/87
  • Who's Against Us?, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 5, 6/87
  • Insurance Industry Executives Earn Millions, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 6, 7/87
  • The Attack on the Contingent Fee, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 7, 9/87
  • Celebrating the Constitution--The Right to Trial by Jury, and the Role of the Trial Lawyer, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 8, 10/87
  • Truce Doesn't Necessarily Mean Peace, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 9, 11/87
  • Jury Selection and the Ideal Juror Profile, Forum Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 10, 12/87
  • Arguing Damages for the Elderly, Forum Magazine
  • Voir Dire--The Benefits of Using a Jury Consultant and Conducting a Mock Trial, Forum Magazine, Vol. XXI, No. 7, 9/91
  • Marvin E. Lewis, A Giant of the Law, Forum Magazine, Vol. XXI, No. 9, 11/91
  • My Vision for 1992, Forum Magazine, Vol. XXI, No. 10, 12/91
  • Decentralizing CAOC, Forum Magazine, Vol. XXII, No. 1, 1/92
  • The Assault on the Civil Justice System Continues, Forum Magazine, Vol. XXII, No. 2, 3/92
  • Getting Out Our Side of the Story, Forum Magazine, Vol. XXII, No. 3, 4/92
  • "...With Liberty and Justice for All?", Forum Magazine, Vol. XXII, No. 4, 5/92
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution--A Doozy of A Medusa, Forum Magazine, Vol. XXII, No. 5, 6/92
  • Lawyer Bashing and Scapegoats, Forum Magazine, Vol. XXII, No. 6, 7/92
  • Round Two, Forum Magazine, Vol. XXII, No. 7, 9/92
  • Profiles in Courage--Examples of Trial Lawyers Protecting People, Forum Magazine, Vol. XXII, No. 8, 10/92
  • Lawyer Bashing--Myths and Lies, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Bar News, Vol. XV, No. 8, 10, 92
  • The ABCs of Handling Tire Cases, CAOC Seminar, 1992
  • Getting Out Our Side of the Story, Forum Magazine, 1992
  • The Wrongful Death Case Without Economic Damages, Tahoe Syllabus Article, 1992
  • Presenter, Change Must be Guided by Principle, Tort Reform Workshop, 9/92
  • Change Must be Preceded by Principle, Tort Reform Workshop, San Francisco, 10/10/92
  • State of the Civil Justice System, Forum Magazine, Vol. XXII, No. 9, 11/92
  • Nuances in Final Argument, Tahoe Seminar Syllabus
  • Some Closing Thoughts on the Business of CAOC, Forum Magazine, Vol. XXII, No. 10, 12/92
  • Welcome to the Video Zone, CAL-ABOTA, Mauna Kea, 1993
  • How to Craft the Perfect Closing Argument, MCLE Accredited, 29th Annual Tahoe Seminar Syllabus, Page 349, April 8, 9, 1994

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Wentz v. Triangle, $1.33 million jury verdict, reduced to $800,000 for comparative fault
  • Hill vs. Abercrombie and Kent, Confidential settlement
  • Stewart v. American Poultry, $6.9 million jury verdict
  • The Lee Family v. Laundry Co., Confidential settlement
  • John Roe v. Hawaii Helicopter Maintenance Co., Confidential settlement
  • The Becks v. City of San Jose and County of Santa Clara, $12.5 million settlement
  • The Fitzpatrick Family v. Roe Insurance Co. and Green Property Owners, $1.5 million settlement
  • Adrienne Doe v. Parent Corp., $17.8 million settlement
  • Stacy H. v. Residential Apartment Building, $7 million settlement
  • The Jacobs Family v. Roe Hot Air Balloon Co. and Doe Propane Tank Manufacturer, Confidential settlement
  • The Diane Whipple dog mauling in San Francisco, Confidential settlement
  • Danuta Tempel v. Cala Foods, Inc., $1.1 million 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
  • Barrera v. The Montague Company, $5 million settlement. Barrera's future workers' compensation benefits were resolved for an additional $477,000

Educational Background:

  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1956
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44 Montgomery Street
Suite 750
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-398-5398

Fax: 415-398-8169

 

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