Cynthia B. McGuinn - Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn

Cynthia B. McGuinn

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 415-398-5398

Cynthia’s skills in the courtroom are the envy of many attorneys and she has the trial record to prove it —a number of her jury trials have resulted in eight figure verdicts. Her ability to read and connect with jurors is second to none and she has the knack of making even the most difficult cases clear to each juror on the panel. Cynthia is often called upon to consult with attorneys who have cases that are going to trial, and to try cases for other attorneys who have worked up a complex case that cannot be resolved.

Cynthia has been recognized as an expert in her practice by several professional associations. She was honored as the 2003 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and has been recognized as a "Top Woman Litigator" in California every year since 2005. Cynthia was the first woman president of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is a trustee for their foundation. She is frequently invited to lecture at conferences and universities, including a course at Harvard University. 

The University of AkronBS 1971Golden Gate University School of LawJ.D. 1981
American Board of Trial AdvocatesLitigation Counsel of AmericaInternational Society of BarristersInternational Academy of Trial LawyersSan Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association Western Trial Lawyers AssociationMarin Trial Lawyers AssociationTrial Lawyers for Public Justice

Case History

$84.3 million jury verdict and protocol change after baby born with jaundice failed to receive proper care-condition resulted in quadriplegia with cerebral palsy

Infant client was born with jaundice. The hospital released him without adequate testing or treatment. Both parents reported that the baby's skin was yellow and he was experiencing difficulty feeding.

Dr. did not request to see the baby and failed to recognize that both calls dealt with the same baby. The parents, concerned about the apathy displayed by Dr., called the emergency room. Twelve hours after initially speaking with Dr., Andrew was finally admitted to the hospital.

Medical tests found client to be suffering from hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus, conditions found in newborn babies when their livers cannot break down a blood waste called bilirubin. Bilirubin becomes a potent neurotoxin if allowed to accumulate in the body.

The poisoning of Andrew's brain, due to a delay in treatment caused him to become a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Andrew’s parents maintained that the doctor was dismissive of the parents' initial concerns regarding their baby, inattentive to the infant's symptoms and failed to competently deal with the baby's problems.

$84.3 million jury verdict. The hospital changed its protocol, making bilirubin tests mandatory for any baby who shows signs of jaundice.

Office Location

44 Montgomery Street, Suite 4000
San Francisco, CA 94104
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs of the San Francisco Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs of the San Francisco Metro Area
Cynthia B. McGuinn has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Cynthia B. McGuinn has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs