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Timothy G. Tietjen

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: 1982
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%), Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Timothy (Tim) G. Tietjen is the managing partner of the San Francisco law firm of Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn. As an attorney, Tim has been representing seriously injured persons and their families in complex personal injury claims for more than 30 years and has a particular focus on cases involving construction site accidents, product liability law and trucking accidents. He loves a challenge and has consistently been successful with cases other attorneys have turned down as being too difficult or complex. Tim's unwavering commitment to excellence and his willingness to go the extra mile for the people he represents have led to a number of outstanding results over his career, including a $29 million settlement related to an electrocution accident, which remains one of the largest recoveries ever secured in California for an injured worker. In 2013, Mr. Tietjen was nominated for California Trial Lawyer of the Year for his handling of the catastrophic Los Angeles tunnel fire that claimed the life of his client.

Tim is the past president of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (1999), is an actively involved member of several professional organizations, and has lectured and published extensively on tort litigation topics. Tim also holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and has repeatedly been selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers listings.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021

About Timothy G. Tietjen

First Admitted: 1982, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Wentz v. Triangle, $1.33 million jury verdict, reduced to $800,000 for comparative fault
  • The Penado Family v. Molex, Inc. and Regina Litz, $3.87 million settlement
  • Porter v. Caltrans and Doe Dealership, $1.5 million settlement
  • Banuelos v. A&J Concrete Pumping, Mission Valley Ready Mix, and Pearsons Concrete, $1.5 million settlement
  • Gary LaPlante v. Chicago Pneumatic, $1.8 million settlement
  • March v. Baylands, Confidential settlement
  • Darr v. Matheson Fast Freight, $8 million settlement and Darr’s employer’s waiver of a $600,000 workers’ compensation lien
  • Alex Z. v. Caltrans, $1.7 million settlement
  • Jane Doe et al. v. Marin General Hospital, Confidential settlement
  • Sergio Rodriguez and Maria Rodriguez v. San Jose Construction, $1.8 million settlement
  • Stewart v. American Poultry, $6.9 million jury verdict
  • The Doe Family v. Durnall and Campora Propane, Inc. and Manchester Tank & Equipment Co., $4.85 million settlement. This is one of the highest wrongful death settlements ever reported in San Joaquin County
  • Tuiaki v. Adelphia, $29 million settlement
  • Reid v. Shorenstein Company, $1 million settlement
  • Michael Patton v. Lincoln Property Co. and Larkspur Courts Associates, Patton settled with the property owner and management company for $1 million
  • Charles Yamamoto and George May v. Montgomery Elevator Company; 35 Stanford Street Building Corporation dba Pacific Elevator & Equipment Company, Inc.; Viola Industries; and Tosco Refinery Corporation, $3.96 million settlement, with $2.7 million to Yamamoto and $1.26 million to May

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • CAOC Lecturer, "Using Focus Groups to Present Psychiatric Testimony", 1994
  • Panelist, "Ethics Workshop", SFTLA, 1993
  • Panelist "Mediation for Plaintiffs' Attorneys", CAOC
  • Panelist, "Annual Auto Seminar", CAOC/SFTLA, 1992
  • "Seatbelt Defenses: Biomechanical and Other Issues", CAOC Forum
  • Panelist, "Trains, Planes and Automobiles", CAOC
  • Panelist, "Premises Liability", SFTLA, 1991
  • "Government Tort Liability and Tactics Regarding Emergency Medical Services", CAOC Forum
  • Chair, "Premises Liability", CAOC
  • Lecturer, "Evaluations and Settlement", CAOC
  • Lecturer, "Premises Liability: Non-delegable Duties", CAOC, 1990
  • Lecturer, "Insurance Bad Faith Discovery", CAOC, 1984
  • "Royal Globe Actions: From Birth through Infancy", CAOC Forum
  • Lecturer, "How To Make Settlement Documentaries and Maximize The Value of Your Case", CAOC, 2010
  • Identifying and Deposing the Corporate Witness, CAOC Forum, 2008
  • Lecturer, "Getting Prompt Payment (and Maybe Interest and Attorney's Fees) on Your Settlements", CAOC, 2004
  • Lecturer, "How to Put Together a Mediation Brief", CAOC, 2003
  • Chair and Lecturer, "Pearls of Wisdom in Premises Liability Litigation", STFLA, 2002
  • Chair and Lecturer, "Construction Injury Litigation: A Blueprint for Success", SFTLA, 2000
  • Lecturer, "Setting the Stage for Victory: Winning Pre-Trial Motions", 1998
  • Lecturer, "Expert Witnesses in an Auto Case: Who and What do You Need", CAOC, 1997
  • CAOC Lecturer, "Eliminating or Reducing Comparative Fault in Premises Liability Cases", 1996
  • Chair, "Jury Selection", STFLA, 1995

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Trial Lawyers For Public Justice
  • California State Bar, 1982
  • American Association for Justice
  • Northern California District Court, 1982
  • Past President, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 1999
  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association


  • The Trial Lawyer Magazine (2001), Featured Article: "A Tietjen Cross: Timothy G. Tietjen on Cross Examining Defense Experts" American Jurisprudence Award in Torts, 1979
  • Mr. Tietjen was a finalist for Consumer Attorney of the Year for his handling of a catastrophic tunnel fire in Los Angeles that claimed the life of his client. Tim was appointed lead counsel for all plaintiffs in this complex case, which involved 34 vehicles and resulted in nearly 150 claims. , Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2013

Educational Background

  • California State University at Hayward, B.A., 1979
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Office Location for Timothy G. Tietjen

44 Montgomery Street
Suite 1900
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-398-5398

Fax: 415-398-8169

Last Updated: 8/12/2021

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