John M. Feder - Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn

John M. Feder

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 415-398-5398

As a highly experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney, John has resolved numerous cases involving products liability, medical malpractice, elder abuse, public-entity liability, and trucking and taxi cab accidents. His commitment to the legal profession is reflected in the leadership positions he has held during his career. John served as president of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Consumer Attorneys of California, a group of over 3,100 plaintiffs attorneys. 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 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.

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 30 years. John’s compassion is best illustrated by his casework. Recently, he represented a family who lost their wife and mother in a motorcycle accident. Feder went to Canada, where the family lived, to learn about the woman the family lost. His opposing counsel recognized his ability to tell their story and the case settled on the eve of trial. The $8.75 million settlement is believed to be the highest result ever for a motorcycle wrongful death case.

University of California BerkeleyBA 1975University of California Hastings College of the LawJ.D. 1978
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaSan Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

Case History

$18 jury verdict against City of Los Angeles for defectively designed crosswalkClient, a student and tourist, was crossing an intersection near the Hollywood Bowl when she was struck by an SUV. She sustained severe brain damage, a fractured lower jawbone, broken teeth and facial lacerations. 

In the claim against the City of Los Angeles, an investigation revealed that the city had received letters and phone calls from citizens who thought the intersection was a danger to pedestrians and requests for an evaluation of its safety. The city failed to act on these requests or bring them to the attention of the state. 

A jury awarded Client $18 million, and the road was changed as a result of the verdict.
$8.75 million settlement for woman killed in motorcycle accident — Client and her husband were riding a motorcycle with friends while on vacation. A company driver made a left turn in front of the motorcycle, which collided with the car. Client died at the scene.

The case settled the day before trial for $8.75 million. This is the largest reported result in the United States for a wrongful death case involving a motorcycle accident.

Office Location

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

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Male