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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 40 years.

John’s skills are unsurpassed. Recently, John Feder and June Bashant recovered $20 million for the wrongful death of a young professional who was exposed to a dangerous condition while staying at a hotel on vacation. Mr. Feder and partner Ronald H. Rouda successfully obtained a jury verdict of $18,026,000 in a highly challenging dangerous roadway case.

Hard work and careful preparation are essential to a successful resolution. John forms a close bond with the families he represents. For example, John represented a family who lost their wife and mother in a motorcycle accident. Feder went to Canada where the family lived on three occasions, to learn about the woman the family lost. His opposing counsel recognized John’s 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 has resolved numerous cases involving product liabilitymedical malpracticeelder 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 served as the state president of the Consumer Attorneys of California in 2014. He received the CAOC Presidential Award of Merit in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, and 2002 and served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for many years. Feder is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 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 2006, as well as the Best Lawyers in America since 2013.

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 traveling, 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.

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Licenses
  • United States District Court, California Northern District
  • State Bar of California
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
Memberships
  • Selected to the 2013 California Super Lawyers List
    Selected to the 2013 California Super Lawyers List
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2013
    Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2013
  • Selected to the 2012 California Super Lawyers List
    Selected to the 2012 California Super Lawyers List
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2012
    Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2012
  • Selected to the 2011 California Super Lawyers List
    Selected to the 2011 California Super Lawyers List
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2011
    Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2011
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2010
    Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2010
  • Super Lawyer as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010
    Super Lawyer as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 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
    Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2009
  • Super Lawyer as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2008
    Super Lawyer as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2008
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
    Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Super Lawyer as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2007
    Super Lawyer as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2007
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2006
    Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2006
  • Presidential Award of Merit, 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
    Super Lawyer as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2006
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2002
    Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2002
Publications
  • CAOC 56th Annual Convention: Strategically Using Contention Interrogatories to Ensnare Defendants 2017
  • SFTLA Trial Boot Camp: Tips on How to Show and Tell the Story in Your Opening Statement 2017
  • CAOC 55th Annual Convention: Strategies for Evidence re Future Medical Costs 2016
  • SFTLA Seminar: Ten Keys to Success When Taking on The Defense Expert 2016
  • Marin County Bar Association: How to Draft a Mediation Brief 2016
  • SFTLA Seminar: Tips on Handling The Closed Head Injury Case 2016
  • CAOC Hawaii Seminar: Update on Dangerous Conditions of Public Property 2015
  • CAOC 54th Annual Convention: Practical Tips on Handling a Dangerous Condition Case 2015
  • SFTLA Seminar: Ten Keys to Success When Taking on the Defense Expert 2015
  • CAOC Hawaii Seminar: Ten Keys to Success When Deposing The Defense Medical Examiner 2014
  • CAOC Annual Convention: Obtaining Visuals That Best Illustrate Your Trial Story 2014
  • SCCTLA Belli Seminar: Storytelling in Opening Statement 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 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • California Continuing Education of the BAR: Creative Deposition

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