John Feder

Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn
44 Montgomery St Ste 4000
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 398-5398
www.rftmlaw.com


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'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 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 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 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.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & OFFICES

Consumer Attorneys of California
President; 2014
Vice President; 2006 - 2013
Executive Board; 2006 - 2015
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
President; 2007
Board of Governors; 1995 - 2006

ADMISSIONS

United States District Court, California Northern District
State Bar of California, 1978

AWARDS

Selected to the 2018 California Super Lawyers List, and every year since 2006.
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.
Top 100 Super Lawyer, 2014
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

CAOC Sonoma Mission Inn Seminar: Tips on How to Show and Tell Your Case Story During Opening Statement, March 2018
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, 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