Christopher A. Viadro

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Oakland, CA

Butler Viadro, LLP
111 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510-907-9577
Fax: 510-287-2401
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021
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 formerly served as the President of the USF School of Law Board of Governors from 2016-18 and has been a Board 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
  • 70%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
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


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021

About Christopher A. Viadro

Admitted: 1992, California

Professional Webpage:


  • $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.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Co-author, "The 1992 Survey of Non-profit Case Law," U.S.F. Law Review
  • University of San Francisco Law Review, Member, 1991 - 1992
  • Author, Minimizing the Workers' Compensation Carrier's Reimbursement Claim, Forum, September, 2005
  • 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
  • U.S.F. Maritime Law Journal, Member
  • Tutor, U.S.F. Academic Support Program

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


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

Representative Clients

  • Personal Injury Victims
  • Injured Union Workers

Bar/Professional Activity

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

Educational Background

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

111 Broadway
2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94607

Phone: 510-907-9577

Fax: 510-287-2401

Last Updated: 1/19/2021

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