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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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Selected to 2014 Best Lawyers Magazine||U.S. News & World Reports||2014|
|Selected to 2013 Best Lawyers Magazine||U.S. News & World Reports||2013|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||California Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||California Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||California Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||California Super Lawyers Magazine||2010|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||California Super Lawyers Magazine||2009|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||California Super Lawyers Magazine||2008|
|Selected to Super Lawyers List||California Super Lawyers Magazine||2007|
|Presidential Award of Merit||Consumer Attorneys of California||2005|
|Presidential Award of Merit||Consumer Attorneys of California||2000|
|Presidential Award of Merit||Consumer Attorneys of California||1986|
|Torts||American Jurisprudence Award||1979|
|Managing Partner||Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn||1983 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||President||1999 - 2000|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||President-Elect||1998 - 1999|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||Vice President||1997 - 1998|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||Secretary||1996 - 1997|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||Treasurer||1995 - 1996|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||Parliamentarian||1994 - 1995|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Governors||1992 - 2000|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1985 - Present|
|Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles||Member||N/A|
|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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|Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum Magazine||Identifying and Deposing the Corporate Witness||2008|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Trial Magazine||A Tietjen Cross: Timonthy G. Tietjen on Cross Examining Defense Experts||2001|
|University of San Francisco School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|California State University, Hayward||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|Hawaii Seminar||How to Make Settlement Documentaries and Maximize the Value of Your Case||2010|
|Annual Conference||Getting Prompt Payment (and Maybe Interest and Attorneys' Fees) on Your Settlements||2004|
|Seminar||Pearls of Wisdom in Premises Liability Litigation||2002|
|Seminar||Construction Injury Litigation: A Blueprint for Success||2000|
|Annual Seminar||Settling the Stage for Victory: Winning Pre-Trial Motions||1998|
|Annual Seminar||Expert Witnesses in an Auto Case: Who and What do You Need||1997|