Christopher A. Viadro

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Oakland, CA

Butler Viadro, LLP
 | 414 13th Street, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-287-2400
Fax: 510-287-2401
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Butler Viadro, LLP, Christopher A. Viadro provides dedicated legal representation to Californians in Oakland, San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area, including Alameda, San Francisco and Contra Costa counties. He focuses his practice on personal injury law, generally handling cases that involve catastrophic injuries resulting from dangerous premises, defective products, and industrial, elevator, auto, maritime and refinery accidents. Mr. Viadro also accepts cases involving professional negligence matters and union workers' compensation litigation.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Viadro went on to attend the University of San Francisco School of Law. From there, he received a Juris Doctor, graduating cum laude.

Mr. Viadro has built a reputation for aggressive advocacy on behalf of his clients. He understands the devastating effect that suffering an injury due to the negligent, reckless or intentional actions of others can have on people and their families. For that reason, he strives to see his clients' rights upheld and to help them to obtain just compensation for their losses. He is dedicated to maintaining high legal ethics standards while providing quality representation, which has gained him the respect of his clients and his peers. Mr. Viadro has received the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell and he has an Avvo "Superb" rating.

Staying active in the legal community is a priority for Mr. Viadro. He is serving as the President of the USF School of Law Board of Governors from 2016-18 and a member of the California Applicant's Attorneys' Association which works, in part, to protect the rights of injured workers in California. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the San Francisco Trials Lawyers Association and International Network of Boutique Law Firms.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Workers' Compensation (20%)

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Products Liability

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Products Liability


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Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019

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About Christopher Viadro

Admitted: 1992, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Awarded Best Brief during the School's Moot Court Competition
  • Member, McAuliffe Honor Society (top 10% of class), University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the Top Attorneys in California since 2010
  • AV rated, the highest rating through Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts and Constitutional Law
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee - San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association, 2007
  • Super Lawyers, 2010 - Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • The University of San Francisco School of Law, Board of Governors, 2010-present; President from 2016 to 2018.
  • California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, Member of Board of Directors, 2012-present.
  • International Network of Boutique Law Firms
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Member
  • The American Association for Justice, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • Alameda-Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governor, 2002 - 2007
  • Carlene Caldwell Scholarship Committee, Past Chair
  • Community Involvement Committee, Past Chair
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, Member, 2001 - 2011
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1993
  • California, 1992

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Early Settlement Conference Panelist for the San Francisco Superior Court, 2003 - 2011
  • Fee Dispute Arbitrator for the Bar Association of San Francisco, 2007 - 2011

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Tutor, U.S.F. Academic Support Program
  • University of San Francisco Law Review, Member, 1991 - 1992
  • U.S.F. Maritime Law Journal, Member
  • Co-author, "The 1992 Survey of Non-profit Case Law," U.S.F. Law Review
  • Co-author, Avoiding Malpractice with C.C.P. 998: A Review of Deocampo v. Ahn, Forum, December, 2003
  • Co-author, "Reconciling the Rift in American Judicial Treatment of the Qualified Pollution Exclusion", International Insurance Law Review, Vol. 2, Issue 4, 1994
  • Author, Minimizing the Workers' Compensation Carrier's Reimbursement Claim, Forum, September, 2005


  • $18,569,394 court decision in a personal injury claim against a subcontractor which negligently operated heavy machinery on a construction site.  $4 million jury verdict in a personal injury claim against a general contractor that was responsible for creating a dangerous condition on a retail premises.

Representative Clients:

  • Personal Injury Victims
  • Injured Union Workers

Educational Background:

  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, B.A., Minor: Biology, 1989
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Office Location for Christopher A. Viadro

414 13th Street
7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-287-2400

Fax: 510-287-2401

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Last Updated: 8/8/2019

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