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Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn

44 Montgomery Street, Suite 750, San Francisco, CA 94104

Visit: https://www.rftmlaw.com

Phone: 415-398-5398

Fax: 415-398-8169

Licensed Since: 1982

Education:University of San Francisco School of Law

Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff (60%)
  • Personal Injury – Products: Plaintiff (20%)
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%)

Q 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.

Q More info

About Timothy Tietjen

Admitted: 1982, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.rftmlaw.com/attorney-profiles/timothy-g-tietjen/


  • 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
  • The Trial Lawyer Magazine (2001), Featured Article: "A Tietjen Cross: Timothy G. Tietjen on Cross Examining Defense Experts" American Jurisprudence Award in Torts, 1979

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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


  • Wentz v. Triangle, $1.33 million jury verdict, reduced to $800,000 for comparative fault
  • March v. Baylands, Confidential settlement
  • Stewart v. American Poultry, $6.9 million jury verdict
  • 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
  • Gary LaPlante v. Chicago Pneumatic, $1.8 million settlement
  • Sergio Rodriguez and Maria Rodriguez v. San Jose Construction, $1.8 million settlement
  • Michael Patton v. Lincoln Property Co. and Larkspur Courts Associates, Patton settled with the property owner and management company for $1 million
  • Banuelos v. A&J Concrete Pumping, Mission Valley Ready Mix, and Pearsons Concrete, $1.5 million settlement
  • Jane Doe et al. v. Marin General Hospital, Confidential settlement
  • Reid v. Shorenstein Company, $1 million settlement
  • Porter v. Caltrans and Doe Dealership, $1.5 million settlement
  • Alex Z. v. Caltrans, $1.7 million settlement
  • Tuiaki v. Adelphia, $29 million settlement
  • The Penado Family v. Molex, Inc. and Regina Litz, $3.87 million settlement
  • Darr v. Matheson Fast Freight, $8 million settlement and Darr’s employer’s waiver of a $600,000 workers’ compensation lien
  • 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

Educational Background:

  • California State University at Hayward, B.A., 1979

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