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John M. Feder

John M. Feder

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John’s tenacity and compassion are unmatched. He develops strong bonds with his clients and their families. John’s boundless energy and his dedication to his clients make for a combination that is difficult to beat. This is reflected in the impressive results he has obtained for his clients over the last 30 years.

John’s compassion is best illustrated by his casework. He represented a family who lost their wife and mother in a motorcycle accident. Feder went to Canada, where the family lived, to learn about the woman the family lost. His opposing counsel recognized his ability to tell their story and the case settled on the eve of trial. The settlement is believed to be the highest result ever for a motorcycle wrongful death case.

As a highly experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney, John’s has resolved numerous cases involving products liability, medical malpractice, elder abuse, public-entity liability, and trucking and taxi cab accidents. John was President of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association in 2007. He was a finalist for the 2010 and 2006 Consumer Attorneys of California’s Attorney of The Year Award, and a finalist for the 2007 Trial Lawyer of the Year award for the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.

John is the current state president of the Consumer Attorneys of California. He received the CAOC Presidential Award of Merit in 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, and 2002 and has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for many years. Feder is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), and the American Association for Justice. As part of the top five percent of attorneys in the state, John has been included in the California Super Lawyers list every year since 2005.

Feder has written and lectured extensively in the personal injury field for the Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and State of California CEB. He served on the faculty of the U.C. Hastings College of Advocacy for many years. Feder serves as a settlement conference panelist for the Marin and San Francisco Superior Courts, as well as the Bar Association of San Francisco. Feder clerked with Judge Donald B. Constine of the Superior Court of California from 1977-1978.

Outside of work John enjoys travelling, waterskiing, bicycling and other outdoor activities with his wife and children. He was an especially proud parent when he recently watched his daughter sing competitively on national television. He is also a rabid Giants and Cal Bears fan.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., 1978, Hastings College of the Law
  • B.A., 1975, University of California at Berkeley

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & OFFICES

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
    • President; 2014
    • Vice President; 2006 – 2013
    • Executive Board; 2006 – present
    • Board of Governors; 2000 – present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
    • President; 2007
    • Board of Governors; 1995 – 2006

ADMISSIONS

  • United States District Court, California Northern District
  • State Bar of California

AWARDS

  • Selected to the 2013 California Super Lawyers List.
    • Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2013
  • Selected to the 2012 California Super Lawyers List
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2012
  • Selected to the 2011 California Super Lawyers List
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2011
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2010
  • Super Lawyer as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2010
  • Super Lawyer as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2009
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2009
  • Super Lawyer as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2008
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Super Lawyer as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2007
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2006
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2006
  • Super Lawyer as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2006
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2002

PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

  • SFTLA Seminar: Ten Keys to Success When Taking on the Defense Expert, March 2015
  • CAOC Hawaii Seminar: Ten Keys to Success When Deposing The Defense Medical Examiner, December 2014
  • CAOC Annual Convention: Obtaining Visuals That Best Illustrate Your Trial Story, November 2014
  • SCCTLA Belli Seminar: Storytelling in Opening Statement, October 2014
  • CAOC Palm Springs Seminar: How to Start and Run Your Practice, 2014
  • CAOC Lake Tahoe Ski Seminar: Delivering the Best Opening Statement, 2014
  • CAOC Hawaii Seminar: Creating the Compelling Video Story of Your Case, 2013
  • CAOC 2013 Annual Convention: Ten Tips to Help Your Client Give a Great Deposition, 2013
  • CAOC Hawaii Seminar: The Latest Advances in Accident Reconstruction and Bio-Mechanics, 2012
  • CAOC 52nd Annual Convention: Say It With Visuals, 2012
  • CAOC/Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association Masters Seminar: The Latest Advances in Accident Reconstruction and Bio-Mechanics, 2012
  • CAOC Hawaii Seminar: Use of DriveCam Technology and Surveillance Video to Prove Liability Against Transit Operators and Premises Owners, 2011
  • SFTLA: Drafting Settlement Letters, 2011
  • SFTLA: Reading Your Adversary, 2010
  • CAOC 49th Annual Convention: Elimination of Bias, Ethics & Substance Abuse,2010
  • CAOC Hawaii Seminar : How to Make Settlement Documentaries and Maximize the Value of Your Case, 2010
  • Plaintiff Magazine December 2010: Proving Future Damages When Your Client is Self-Employed, 2010
  • SFTLA: Putting Together A Settlement Demand Package, 2009
  • SFTLA: Direct Examination at Trial-How to Keep Your Jury Engaged With Your Expert, 2009
  • CAOC 48th Annual Convention: Fierce Advocacy v. Civility, 2009
  • CAOC 48th Annual Convention: Depositions in the Premises Case, 2009
  • CAOC Hawaii Seminar 2009: Winning Techniques for Premises Liability Cases, 2009
  • SFTLA: Drafting Effective Demand Letter, 2008
    San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association: Technology for the Courtroom, 2008
  • SFTLA: Care and Feeding of Experts: How to Make the Most of Your Experts, 2008
  • CAOC 47th Annual Convention: Strategies in Litigation: The Dangerous Condition Case, 2008
  • National Business Institute: Advanced Expert Witness Tactics, 2007
  • California Continuing Education of the BAR: Creative Deposition
  • Techniques-How to Systematically Cross-Examine On a Products Case, 2007
  • CAOC 46th Annual Convention: Handling The Auto Case From Bumper to Bumper, Part II, 2007
  • SFTLA: Closing Arguments of the Masters, 2007
  • CAOC Focus Group: Tips For Catastrophic Injuries, 2006
  • CAOC Tahoe Ski Seminar: Ten Tips for Successful Mediation, 2006
  • SFTLA: Five Crucial Focus Group Tips for Counsel, 2006
  • BASF: Techniques for Effective Taking and Defending Depositions, 2006
  • CAOC 45th Annual Convention November 2006: Ski Accident Litigation, 2006
  • SFTLA: Voir Dire Seminar, 2005
  • CAOC: How to Increase the Value of Your Focus Group, 2005
  • CAOC Hawaii Seminar 2005: Dealing with Liability Releases, 2005
  • SFTLA: Presenting Life Care Plans and Dealing with The Defense Expert, 2004
  • CAOC Hawaii Travel Seminar December 2003: Effective Cross-Examination of the Defense Economist , 2003
  • SFTLA: Killer Cross Examination Techniques, 2002
  • SFTLA: Tips on Handling The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case Without Driving Yourself Crazy, 2002
  • Hastings Lecture: Trial Advocacy-Handling Brain Injury Cases, 2002
  • Lorman Education Services: Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California, 2002
  • CAOC Focus Group: Tips for Catastrophic Injuries, 2001
  • SFTLA: How to Enhance the Testimony of Your Accident Reconstruction Expert Using Powerful Demonstrative Evidence, 2001
  • CAOC Tahoe Seminar: Accident Reconstruction from the Ground Up, 2000
  • CAOC Hawaii Seminar 2000:Betrayal of Trust-Protecting America’s Seniors from Neglect or Abuse, 2000
  • SFTLA: Handling the Big Rig Case Using Safety Regulations, 1999
  • CAOC: Wrongful Death Trucking Litigation, 1999
  • SFTLA: Product Cases: What You Should Know About Seatbelts, Seatbacks, Door Latches and Tires, 1997
  • SFTLA: Creative Strategies for Handling A Medical Device Case, 1997
  • CAOC: The ABC’s of a Defective Tire Case, 1996
  • Hastings College of Advocates Lecture: Tips on Handling the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case Without Driving Yourself Crazy, 1996
  • CAOC 35th Annual Convention: Creative Strategies for Handling a Medical Device Case, 1995
  • CAOC Forum: The ABC’s of a Tire Case, 1994
  • CAOC 34th Annual Convention: What You Should Know About Passive Restraint Litigation, 1994
  • CAOC: Claiming Damages for Impaired Earning Capacity, 1993
  • CAOC: Proving Liability in Construction Site Accidents, 1990
  • CAOC: Handling Uninsured Motorists Case, 1989
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar Trial Practice Institute: Products Liability, 1986
San Francisco Personal Injury Attorneys Reach Our Nationally Recognized Law Firm at (415) 940-7176

If you were injured in a truck accident, an auto accident, a construction site accident, or by a dangerous consumer product, you need someone on your side who you can trust. You can rely on our team at Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn. Founded in 1980, our personal injury law firm has built a solid reputation as strong advocates helping the injured all across the Bay Area.

Over the course of our practice, our team has resolved thousands of personal injury claims in California, recovering over $500 million for our clients in the process. We are known in San Francisco for our commitment to professional excellence and our skill in standing up for clients who have been hurt due to others’ careless actions or inaction. Because of our hard work in this field, our accident attorneys have often been recognized within the legal community. Our injury attorneys’ achievements include the AV Preeminent® Rating for ethics and legal talent, 2014 Best Lawyers in America recognition, being named one of the 2017 “Best Law Firms” in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, and selection for Super Lawyers® from 2005 to present.

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