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Christopher A. Viadro - Oakland, CA

111 BroadwaySecond Floor Oakland, CA 94607

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Updated: 02/21/2024

Oakland Catastrophic Personal Injury Lawyer

Overview

Christopher Viadro is the managing partner and founder of Viadro Law LLP. He litigates catastrophic personal injury cases primarily arising from industrial accidents, construction site accidents, dangerous premises, defective products, elevator accidents, refinery accidents, maritime accidents and auto accidents. Mr. Viadro simultaneously litigates workers' compensation cases where present. Many of his clients are injured union workers, e.g...

Christopher Viadro is the managing partner and founder of Viadro Law LLP. He litigates catastrophic personal injury cases primarily arising from industrial accidents, construction site accidents, dangerous premises, defective products, elevator accidents, refinery accidents, maritime accidents and auto accidents. Mr. Viadro simultaneously litigates workers' compensation cases where present. Many of his clients are injured union workers, e.g. boilermakers, elevator constructors/mechanics, cement masons, operating engineers, hod carriers, sheet metal workers, carpenters, ironworkers, laborers and electricians, plumbers and pipe fitters, sheet metal workers, lineman, teamsters, millwrights and sprinkler fitters among others.

Mr. Viadro was admitted to the California Bar in 1992 and to the U.S. District Courts in the Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California in 1993. He has served on the Board of Directors of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association since 2012. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (2001-2011) and on the Board of Governors of the Alameda/Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association (2002-07). He also served on the Board of Governors of The University of San Francisco School of Law from 2010-2019 and was the board president from 2016-2018. Mr. Viadro is a member of The San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association, The Alameda-Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association, The Consumer Attorneys of California and The American Association for Justice. Mr. Viadro previously served as an Early Settlement Conference Panelist for the San Francisco Superior Court and a fee dispute arbitrator for the Bar Association of San Francisco. He previously was the International Liaison for the United States for the International Network of Boutique Law Firms.

In 2007, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association nominated Mr. Viadro for its Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. He is AV Preeminent peer-review rated which is the highest rating through Martindale-Hubbell. (The "A" represents a rating of "Very high to preeminent" with regard to legal ability and the "V" represents a "Very high" with regard to general ethical standards.) Mr. Viadro has been selected for inclusion in California Super Lawyers since 2010 (only 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers).

Mr. Viadro has authored numerous articles profiling San Francisco and Alameda County superior court judges in The Verdict and The Trial Lawyer magazines. He authored "Minimizing the Workers' Compensation Carrier's Reimbursement Claim" Forum, September 2005 and has also co-authored other articles including "Avoiding Malpractice with C.C.P. 998: A Review of Deocampo v. Ann," Forum, December 2003; "Reconciling the Rift in American Judicial Treatment of the Qualified Pollution Exclusion," International Insurance Law Review (1994, Vol. 2, Issue 4); and "The 1992 Survey of Non-profit Case Law," U.S.F. Law Review. Mr. Viadro frequently lectures on various topics pertaining to third party lawsuits and the interplay workers' compensation law.

Mr. Viadro started his practice as an insurance defense litigator, learning the "ins and outs" of the defense bar. In 1995, Mr. Viadro began to represent personal injury victims and immediately found it more rewarding to represent the injured and aggrieved rather than defend against their lawsuits. He joined The Veen Firm, P.C., in 1996, where he later served as a trial team leader until co-founding Viadro Law LLP, in 2009.

Mr. Viadro graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law cum laude and was a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society (top 10 percent of class); he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1992. Mr. Viadro also received American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts and Constitutional Law and was awarded Best Brief during the School's Moot Court Competition. He was a member of both the U.S.F. Maritime Law Journal and the U.S.F. Law Review. He also tutored other students through the U.S.F. Academic Support Program.

Mr. Viadro was born and raised in San Francisco, California.

About Christopher A. Viadro

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Catastrophic Personal Injury 80%
  • Workers' Compensation 20%

Representative Clients

  • Injured Union Workers
  • Personal Injury Victims

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1993

Other Affiliations

  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2001 - 2011 (Board of Directors Member)
  • Community Involvement Committee (Past Chair)
  • Carlene Caldwell Scholarship Committee (Past Chair)
  • Alameda-Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 - 2007 (Board of Governor)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (Member)
  • The American Association for Justice (Member)
  • Alameda County Bar Association (Member)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Early Settlement Conference Panelist - SF Superior Court, 2003 - 2011
  • Fee Dispute Arbitrator, 2007 - 2011

Past Positions

  • The Veen Firm, P.C., Team Leader, 1996 - 2009

Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    J.D.
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: With Honors
    Law Review: University of San Francisco, Member, 1991 - 1992
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1989
    B.A.
    Minor: Biology

Articles

Published Works

  • Minimizing the Workers' Compensation Carrier's Reimbursement Claim, Forum, September, 2005
  • Avoiding Malpractice with C.C.P. 998: A Review of Deocampo v. Ahn, Forum, December, 2003
  • "Reconciling the Rift in American Judicial Treatment of the Qualified Pollution Exclusion", International Insurance Law Review, Vol. 2, Issue 4, 1994

Office Information

Address

111 BroadwaySecond Floor Oakland, CA 94607

Fax

  • 510-287-2401

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Christopher A. Viadro

Included on the 2024 Northern California list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Northern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Christopher A. Viadro on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Super Lawyers, 2010 - Present
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee - San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association, 2007
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts and Constitutional Law

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