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Cynthia Bernet Mcguinn

Cynthia Bernet Mcguinn

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Defective and Dangerous Products, Birth Injury

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About Me

From 1981 to the present Ms. McGuinn has specialized in representing injured persons, consumers and children in personal injury, wrongful death, professional negligence, and product liability matters against public and private entities.


 


She has developed a specialty in jury trial work and regularly tries to verdict single and multi-plaintiff cases for wrongful death, brain injury and other catastrophic injuries. Her representation in injury cases includes artists, airline mechanics, boiler makers,  children, carpenters, doctors, dentists, electricians, the elderly, emergency medical technicians, factory workers, farmers, homemakers,  ironworkers, librarians, models, masons, newborns, nurses, operating engineers, painters, risk managers, students, small business owners, tile setters, laborers, tree trimmers, truck drivers and salespersons. She has extensive trial experience litigating complex matters and has litigated to resolution over 1,000 cases. For a recap of some of her jury trial verdicts see "Cases."


 


The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association honored Ms. McGuinn as the 2003 Trial Lawyer of the Year. In 2004 she was inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an organization in which membership is limited to 600 lawyers worldwide who are nominated for fellowship based on superior trial and appellate advocacy skills, character and integrity, and services rendered in promoting the legal profession's best interests. From 2005 forward, Ms. McGuinn  has been  honored as one of the Top Women Litigators in California. 


 


Ms. McGuinn is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and the American College of Trial Lawyers, organizations in which fellowship is extended by invitation to experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality.


 


She is also an Associate in of the American Board of Trial Advocates, where she sat as director of the national board from 1999-2002 and was the 2008 president of the San Francisco chapter of ABOTA.  A long time member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California, Ms. McGuinn has sat as a board member in both organizations.


 


Ms McGuinn is an author and frequent lecturer to universities and legal organizations on the subject of trial practice.


 


Ms. McGuinn was born in 1949 in Ohio and raised in the Midwest. In 1978 she settled in California where she attended and graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, receiving her Juris Doctorate in 1981. Her avocations include horses, cycling, scuba diving, skiing, or any other physical outdoor physical activity.  She also enjoys reading, traveling, and Italy. Her community-based service work is devoted to developmentally disabled children.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    33 years, 750 cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%
    33 years
  3. Defective and Dangerous Products: 15%
    33 years
  4. Birth Injury: 10%

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (25-45%)

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Mark John Caruso

    I endorse this lawyer. It is clear that she represents her clients well and is very knowledgeable of the law. Highly recommend.

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    Mark Caruso Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn

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

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198108/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
California Top 50 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
California Top 50 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
California Top 50 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
California Top 50 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
California Top Women LitigatorsDaily Journal (California)2009
California Top 50 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
California Top 50 Women LitigatorsDaily Journal (California)2008
California Top 50 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2008
California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2008
California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2007
California Top 50 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2007
California Top Women LitigatorsDaily Journal (California)2007
California Top 50 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2006
California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2006
California Top 50 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2005
California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2005
California Top 75 Women LitigatorsDaily Journal (California)2005
Trial Lawyer of the YearSan Francisco Trial Lawyers Association2003
A-V RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerRouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn2009 - Present
Senior Trial Attorney-LitigatorThe Veen Firm1989 - 2009

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2009 - Present
International Society of BarristersFellow2007 - Present
Marin County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2006 - Present
International Academy of Trial LawyersFellow2004 - Present
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMember1998 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember1998 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate-Past President1997 - Present
Western Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1989 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1989 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1988 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember-Past Board Member1987 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember- Past Board Member1985 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1981 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Michael Mechanic v. Defendant Driver$1.5 million settlement
Dean v. Fedco$1.16 million jury verdict
Shugart v. OEA$14.4 Million Dollar Jury Verdict

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate Univ SOLLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of AkronN/ABS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Practicing Law InstituteOpening Statements and Closing Arguments2013
Masters in Trial SeriesThe Legal Malpractice Trial2013
Masters in Trial SeriesCross Examination of the Adverse Expert2012
Masters in Trial SeriesExpedited Jury Trial Program2012
Masters SeminarMaking Your Point, Effective Advocacy2010
Masters in TrialOpening Statement to Jury Deliberation; Direct Examination of Plaintiff2010
American Board Trial Advocates, San Francisco ChapterEthics & Civility-Golden Gate Law School2009
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationCross Examination Techniques Demonstration2008
Nevada Justice Association 32nd Annual ConventionSelecting Juries in an Unhappy America2008
Mediation Society 6th Annual Education ProgramMediation- Evolution of the Process-20082008
Western Regional National Trial CompetitionJudge of Trial Competition2007
Stanford Law School FacultyTrial Advocacy Skills2007
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association SeminarPractical Tip for Communicating With Your Jury2007
Consumer Attorneys of California, Web SeminarAlternative Dispute Resolution Preparing Case for Settlement2007
American Board of Trial Advocates,San Bernadino, CaliforniaMasters in Trial -Cross Exam of Expert in Defective High Chair2007
American Board of Trial Advocates, San Francisco, CaliforniaMasters in Trial-Wrongful Termination Closing Argument2007
American Board of Trial Advocates, Reno, Nevada ChapterMasters in Trial -Cross Exam of Expert in Defective Auto Seat2007
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association SeminarJury Persuasion in the 21st Century2006
Regional Trial Lawyers ConferenceTrial Tips From the Masters2006
National Employment Lawyers Annual ConventionProving Emotional Distress Damages2006
Consumer Attorneys Annual ConventionThe Powerful Closing Argument2006
Appellate Advocacy ProgramAppellate Advocacy2006
Judicial Conference- United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdaption or Extinction: The Evolution of Trial Lawyers2005
American Board of Trial Advocates, San Francisco, CaliforniaThe Ultimate Trial Notebook - Opening Statement2005
American Board of Trial Advocates, Laguna Beach, CaliforniaMasters in Trial- Direct Examination of Expert in Brain Injury Case2005
American Board of Trial Advocates Masters in Trial, Seattle, WashingtonMasters In Trial: Trial Demonstration Auto/Motorcycle Case2005
NELA Annual convention - San Antonio, TexasEmotional Distress Damages:Quantifying What Can't Be Seen2004
Hastings Law SchoolSpeaker & Judge for Mediation Competition2004
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationDealing With Juror Bias in the 21st Century2003
American Board of Trial Advocates, Los Angeles, California ChapterMasters in Trial - Premises Liability/Criminal Act Case2003
American Board of Trial Advocates -San Francisco ChapterMasters in Trial Negligence/Product Liability Case2003
Western Trial Lawyers AssociationDemonstrating Liability & Damages Using Computers, Day in the Life Videos & Settlement Presentations2001
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMediation from A-Z: The Plaintiff's Perspective2001
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association SeminarConstruction Site Injury Litigation-Discovery2000
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association SeminarDemostrative Evidence in Brain Injury Cases2000
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association SeminarSummary Judgments in Construction Site Injury Cases1999
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association SeminarSexual Torts1998
Consumer Attorneys of California Winter SeminarTrying the Wrongful Death Action1998
Consumer Attorneys of California Annual SeminarGathering & Using Evidence in Construction Site Injury Actions1998
Association of Defense CounselMock Trial of Wrongful Death Case-Cross Over Median Barrier Case1998
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Evidence SeminarPros & Cons of Interactive Evidence1997
Association of Licensed InvestigatorsDeveloping an Holistic Investigative Service-How to Become Indispensible to the Trial Lawyer1997
American Board of Trial Advocates, San Francisco ChapterMasters in Trial- Direct Exam of Accident Reconstructionist1997
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationQuantifying General Damages in the Wrongful Death Case1996
Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Tahoe SeminarVoir Dire When Your Jury is Defense Minded1996
Western Trial LawyersVoir Dire in the Auto Case1995
American Board of Trial Advocates: Ultimate Trial NotebookCross Examination1995
30th Annual Consumer Attorneys of California SeminarEstablishing Damage Issues in Loss of Consortium Cases1995
Jury TechniquesHow to Select, Engage and Enlist Your JuryN/A