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Christopher Viadro is a partner at Butler Viadro, LLP, where he has a statewide catastrophic personal injury practice. His cases primarily arise from construction and other industrial accidents, dangerous premises, defective products, maritime accidents, elevator accidents, refinery accidents and auto accidents, as well as professional negligence matters. 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, among others.
Mr. Viadro was admitted to the California Bar in 1992, and the United States District Courts in the Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California in the following year. Mr. Viadro has been on the Board of Governors of the University of San Francisco School of Law since 2010 and the Board of Directors of the California Applicants' Attorneys' Association since 2012. He presently serves as the Chair of CAAA's Tech/Ed Committee. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association from 2001-2011 where he chaired the Community Involvement Committee and the Carlene Caldwell Scholarship Committee. He was also on the Board of Governors of the Alameda and Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association from 2002-07. He is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, The American Association for Justice, The Alameda/Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association and The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Viadro has served as an Early Settlement Conference Panelist for the San Francisco Superior Court since 2003 and a fee dispute arbitrator for the Bar Association of San Francisco from 2007-12. In 2007, The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association nominated him for its Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. Mr. Viadro is AV rated, the highest rating through Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system. (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.) From 2010-2013, Mr. Viadro has been selected by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in California (only 5% of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers).
Mr. Viadro has written numerous articles found in a myriad of publications including The Verdict, The Trial Lawyer, Forum, Plaintiff, the International Insurance Law Review and the Law Review for the University of San Francisco School. Mr. Viadro has also lectured on various topics pertaining to third party lawsuits, homeowner liability and liens.
Mr. Viadro started his practice as an insurance defense litigator where he learned 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 founding Butler Viadro, LLP, in 2009.
Graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law cum laude and member of the McAuliffe Honor Society (top 10% 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.
• Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2014
Admitted: 1992, California
Professional Webpage: www.butlerviadro.com/Attorneys/Christopher-A-Viadro.shtml
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