Ronald H. Rouda - Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn

Ronald H. Rouda

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1991
Phone: 415-398-5398

If practice makes perfect, then Ron should be getting close. In 2010 he celebrated 50 years in practice. But he is far from slowing down. He continues to combine his wealth of experience with an insatiable curiosity and desire for justice, making him one of the most respected (and feared) trial lawyers in California.

Ron founded Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn in 1980. He has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. In addition to record-setting verdicts and settlements, he has served as an officer in numerous organizations. Rouda is the guiding spirit behind ABOTA’s successful nationwide program, The Youth Education Project, an Interactive Curriculum, teaching children about the history, importance and value of trial by jury.

As a strong advocate for consumer safety, Ron has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Greta Van Susteren, Geraldo Rivera, and The O’Reilly Factor. Rouda specializes in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He is a lecturer and author of numerous articles on trial practice, and coauthor of the 5-volume California Tort Practice Guide.

University of California BerkeleyBA 1956University of California Hastings College of the LawLL.B 1960
International Academy of Trial LawyersInternational Society of BarristersAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesLitigation Council of AmericaConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaAmerican Board of Professional Liability AttorneysAmerican Association for JusticeAmerican Inns of Court

Case History

$18 jury verdict against City of Los Angeles for defectively designed crosswalk — Client, 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.

$17.8 million settlement for electrocuted news reporter — Client, a popular television reporter, was in a news van being driven by her photographer. The van had a telescoping mast with microwave antennae that allowed the reported to make live video transmissions. The photographer parked the van on a driveway, causing the antennae to angle toward power lines. The mast caused the ground around her to become electrified, causing devastating injuries. 

The broadcasting company for which Client worked never trained its employees on the dangers posed by telescoping masts near power lines, nor did the company make its employees aware of any emergency procedures to follow in the event a mast inadvertently contacted an overhead power line, which would electrify the van.
$12.5 million dangerous roadway settlement against City of San Jose and County of Santa Clara — Clients, a married couple, drove their convertible up a steep, narrow, rural mountain road in Santa Clara County. While driving down, the wife lost control of the vehicle. The car spun out of control and left the roadway, plunging 160 feet down an embankment. The couple were both rendered quadriplegic.

In the suit against the city and county, Client argued that for a modest investment, a guardrail, warning signs, or supplemental delineation outlining the curve would have provided proper warning signs.

The case settled for $12.5 million.
$7 million settlement for woman who fell down elevator shaft — Client was severely injured when she fell 18 feet down an empty elevator shaft. The elevator had been maintained by the same company for 11 years prior to the accident. Client's accident occurred one week after the resident building manager of the apartments narrowly escaped the same fate. The manager reported the dangerous condition to the maintenance company, who sent out a service technician. The technician inspected the elevator but could not duplicate the problem and made no repairs to it. The service technician verbally told the resident building manager that the elevator door interlocks were obsolete and needed replacing.

The case settled for $7 million. 

Office Location

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


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2010 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation of the San Francisco Metro Area
Ronald H. Rouda has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Male