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Born in Oakland, California, Tietjen worked his way through college and law school, graduating from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1982. While in law school, he earned the prestigious American Jurisprudence Award in Torts, and clerked for Judge Ira Brown, a prominent and highly respected San Francisco Judge.


As one of California’s top personal injury attorneys, Tim’s sharp focus, unsurpassed witness examination skills, and attention to detail color everything he does. Tim always goes the extra mile to uncover any fact or witness that can help his client. And he does this with a relaxed and approachable nature. This unwavering commitment to excellence has led to numerous seven-figure verdicts and settlements over his career of nearly 30 years.


Tietjen had the distinction of obtaining a $29 million dollar settlement for a worker injured in an electrocution accident. This is one of the largest recoveries ever secured in California for an injured worker. Tim took particular pride in this accomplishment as several other attorneys turned down this potential case because of its difficulty and complexity. Tim loves a challenge.


Tim also served as lead counsel in an incredibly complex case involving 34 vehicles that crashed in the Newhall Tunnel in Los Angeles County. The chain reaction collisions caused an inferno that caused three deaths, five personal injury actions and dozens of property damage claims. Tim resolved over 150 claims through multiple mediations with the State of California and other defendants. Tim secured a generous settlement for the family of a man who was burned alive in the inferno. The result was one of the highest settlements for a wrongful death case of this nature in California.


Tietjen served as President of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association in 1999. He has also been repeatedly recognized as a “California Super Lawyer,” a distinction awarded to the top 5% of California lawyers.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    4 years
  2. Defective and Dangerous Products: 20%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
    4 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 20%
    4 years



Contingent (25-45%)

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Contact info

Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn

44 Montgomery Street
Suite 4000
San Francisco, CA, 94104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Selected to 2014 Best Lawyers MagazineU.S. News & World Reports2014
Selected to 2013 Best Lawyers MagazineU.S. News & World Reports2013
Selected to Super Lawyers ListCalifornia Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Selected to Super Lawyers ListCalifornia Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Selected to Super Lawyers ListCalifornia Super Lawyers Magazine2011
Selected to Super Lawyers ListCalifornia Super Lawyers Magazine2010
Selected to Super Lawyers ListCalifornia Super Lawyers Magazine2009
Selected to Super Lawyers ListCalifornia Super Lawyers Magazine2008
Selected to Super Lawyers ListCalifornia Super Lawyers Magazine2007
Presidential Award of MeritConsumer Attorneys of California2005
Presidential Award of MeritConsumer Attorneys of California2000
Presidential Award of MeritConsumer Attorneys of California1986
TortsAmerican Jurisprudence Award1979
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerRouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn1983 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident1999 - 2000
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident-Elect1998 - 1999
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President1997 - 1998
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationSecretary1996 - 1997
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationTreasurer1995 - 1996
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationParliamentarian1994 - 1995
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1992 - 2000
American Association for JusticeMember1985 - Present
Public JusticeMemberN/A
Consumer Attorney Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tuiaki v. Adelphia$29 million settlement
The Doe Family v. Durnall and Campora Propane, Inc. and Manchester Tank & Equipment$4.85 million
Reid v. Shorenstein Company$1 million settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum MagazineIdentifying and Deposing the Corporate Witness2008
San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Trial MagazineA Tietjen Cross: Timonthy G. Tietjen on Cross Examining Defense Experts2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
California State University, HaywardN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hawaii SeminarHow to Make Settlement Documentaries and Maximize the Value of Your Case2010
Annual ConferenceGetting Prompt Payment (and Maybe Interest and Attorneys' Fees) on Your Settlements2004
SeminarPearls of Wisdom in Premises Liability Litigation2002
SeminarConstruction Injury Litigation: A Blueprint for Success2000
Annual SeminarSettling the Stage for Victory: Winning Pre-Trial Motions1998
Annual SeminarExpert Witnesses in an Auto Case: Who and What do You Need1997