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Timothy G. Tietjen

Timothy G. Tietjen

San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyer

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When seriously injured people need the best advocate to represent them, they often turn to Attorney Timothy G. Tietjen of Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn. Tim has a stellar history obtaining tremendous results for his clients who have complex legal issues and catastrophic injuries. No matter how aggressive and steadfast he might seem in court, though, he treats his clients like close friends, helping to create a comfortable and at-ease environment in his office. So many of his past clients appreciate how he does business, many of his referrals actually come from them.

Mr. Tietjen’s 30+ year career history is star-studded with remarkable victories and multimillion dollar settlements for his clients. One of his most notable cases involves a worker who was badly electrocuted while performing his duties; the result was a $29 million dollar settlement – one of the largest ever recovered for a personal injury case in California. Furthermore, the case had previously been rejected by several other attorneys who feared it was too complex and difficult, cementing Attorney Tietjen’s ability to take any challenge head-on.

In 2016, Mr. Tietjen settled a case for $23 million for a young woman seriously injured in a complex auto accident case. These types of results place Mr. Tietjen in a unique position to help seriously injured persons prevail in challenging cases.

Part of what makes Mr. Tietjen’s commitment to his clients and his community so strong is the fact that he was actually born and raised in nearby Oakland, California. While attending the University of San Francisco Law School, he was honored with the American Jurisprudence Award in Torts. He also clerked for Judge Ira Brown, a renowned Judge in San Francisco. Mr. Tietjen combines the knowledge of a legal scholar and the experience of a consumer advocate to consistently obtain the best results for this clients.

Other accolades and accomplishments line his career. In 1999, he was the President of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and in 2013 was selected as a finalist for the Consumer Attorneys of California's Consumer Attorney of the Year. He has additionally been recognized as a California Super Lawyer for more than a decade; this distinction is given only to 5% of all lawyers in California.

Mr. Tietjen enjoys several hobbies in his free time. He is an avid golfer who has won several Club Championships at the Silverado Country Club in Napa. He is the proud father of three adult daughters who are all pursuing professional careers.


  • B.A., 1979, California State University at Hayward
  • J.D., 1982, University San Francisco School of Law


  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (Past President – 1999)
  • Trial Lawyers For Public Justice


  • California State Bar 1982
  • Northern California District Court 1982


  • American Jurisprudence Award for Torts (1979)
  • “Nation’s Top One Percent”, National Association of Distinguished Counsel (2015-2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2011-2016)
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • Northern California Super Lawyer (2007 – present)
  • Selected to Best Lawyers Magazine (2013 – 2014)
  • The Trial Lawyer Magazine (2001)
  • Presidential Award of Merit from Consumer Attorneys of California (1986, 2000, & 2005)


  • 2010 CAOC lecturer: “How To Make Settlement Documentaries and Maximize The Value of Your Case”
  • 2008 CAOC Forum, Identifying and Deposing the Corporate Witness
  • 2004 CAOC lecturer: “Getting Prompt Payment (and Maybe Interest and Attorney’s Fees) on Your Settlements”
  • 2003 CAOC lecturer: “How to Put Together a Mediation Brief”
  • 2002 STFLA chair and lecturer: “Pearls of Wisdom in Premises Liability Litigation”
  • 2001 The Trial Lawyer Magazine, Featured Article: “A Tietjen Cross: Timothy G. Tietjen on Cross Examining Defense Experts”
  • 2000 SFTLA chair and lecturer: “Construction Injury Litigation: A Blueprint for Success”
  • 1998 CAOC lecturer: “Setting the Stage for Victory: Winning Pre-Trial Motions”
  • 1997 CAOC lecturer: “Expert Witnesses in an Auto Case: Who and What do You Need”
  • 1996 CAOC lecturer: “Eliminating or Reducing Comparative Fault in Premises Liability Cases”
  • 1995 STFLA chair: “Jury Selection”
  • 1994 CAOC lecturer: “Using Focus Groups to Present Psychiatric Testimony”
  • 1993 SFTLA panelist: “Ethics Workshop”
    CAOC panelist: “Mediation for Plaintiffs’ Attorneys”
  • 1992 CAOC/SFTLA panelist: “Annual Auto Seminar”
    CAOC Forum: “Seatbelt Defenses: Biomechanical and Other Issues”
    CAOC panelist: “Trains, Planes and Automobiles”
  • 1991 SFTLA panelist: “Premises Liability”
    CAOC Forum: “Government Tort Liability and Tactics Regarding Emergency Medical Services”
    CAOC chair: “Premises Liability”
    CAOC lecturer: “Evaluations and Settlement”
  • 1990 CAOC lecturer: “Premises Liability: Non-delegable Duties”
  • 1984 CAOC lecturer: “Insurance Bad Faith Discovery”
    CAOC Forum: “Royal Globe Actions: From Birth through Infancy”

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We’ve been serving San Francisco since 1980!

At Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, our San Francisco personal injury lawyers are nationally recognized legal advocates who have recovered more than $350 million for our clients. To our peers and opponents, we are professionals who get results. To our clients, we are compassionate and approachable. Discover how our award-winning attorneys can be of service to you. Send us a message about your case by filling out the form on the right, or get in touch right away by calling our office at (415) 940-7176

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