Teresa Li

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Pleasanton, CA

Law Offices of Teresa Li, PC
 | 5674 Stoneridge Dr, Suite 107
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: 415-423-3377
Fax: 888-646-5493
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Chinese-Mandarin
Attorney Profile

The founder of the Law Offices of Teresa Li, PC, Teresa Li focuses her practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From the firm's offices in San Francisco, she provides representation to clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in Stockton and the San Joaquin Valley. Admitted to practice in California since 2011, Ms. Li is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Ms. Li's client base consists of people who have incurred economic and noneconomic losses as a result of the negligence or recklessness of other parties. The types of cases that she has handled have arisen out of incidents involving truck and other motor vehicle crashes, pedestrian knockdowns, defective products, premises liability, construction site accidents and child abuse. During her career, Ms. Li has been able to obtain significant compensation for her clients through both jury awards and settlements that she has negotiated out of court with defendants and their insurance companies. Some of her representative results have included two auto-pedestrian accidents that resulted in a $2.65 million settlement and a $2.5 million verdict, respectively, and a $5.45 million settlement with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office when her clients, who were on a motorcycle, were hit at an intersection by a police car.

Fluent in both English and Mandarin, Ms. Li attended the University of Alberta as an undergraduate, where she majored in mechanical engineering and received a Bachelor of Science in 2007. She then pursued her legal education at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and she served on the Hastings Law Journal before being awarded her Juris Doctor cum laude in 2011.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

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

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

Focus Areas

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

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019

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About Teresa Li

Admitted: 2011, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.lawofficesofteresali.com/about.html

Honors/Awards:

  • Top 10 Best in Client Satisfaction by American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 2016-2019
  • ​Associate Member of Litigation Counsel of America 2017-2019
  • Top Women Attorneys in Northern California 2014-2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2014-2019
  • Top Attorneys in Northern California Rising Stars 2014-2019
  • Top 25% of graduating class of 2011, Cum Laude, University of California Hastings College of the Law, 2011
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 10

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Director 2016-2019
  • Contra Costa Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California ("CAOC")
  • ​Litigation Counsel of America
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board Member 2016 to 2020

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Helped an immigrant community in San Francisco fight against marijuana shop opening up next to child care centers.  See San Francisco Chronicle's report below https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Rush-of-applicants-seek-cannabis-store-locations-11237796.php, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • The Privette Doctrine, Daily Journal
  • Blood Sport, Daily Journal
  • An Appeal Battle, Daily Journal

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $2,650,000 Settlement with City of Stockton for defective pedestrian walk light Two Chinese nationals, 54 years old and 59 years old at the time, were hit at a nine-lane crosswalk by a vehicle travelling at 45 mph in Stockton.  The police officer found Plaintiffs to be at fault for jaywalking. The driver was uninsured and is judgment proof.  Plaintiffs contend the pedestrian walk light was too short, violating the Caltrans standard and the City’s own standard.  City of Stockton contends plaintiffs walked against the light based on two witnesses’ statements.  Plaintiffs suffer traumatic brain injury, fractures to arm, legs, and facial bones, and have post-traumatic stress disorder.  The case settled at mediation., 2019
  • $500,000 Policy Limit Award against AAA - San Francisco Superior Court 66-year-old passenger was injured when the driver lost control of the car and hit a fire hydrant and a garage door.  Client broke his ribs and spine and has Post-traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD")., 2017
  • $5,450,000 Settlement with San Jose Sherriff Department - Santa Clara Superior Court - Clients' motorcycle were hit by the police vehicle at an intersection, 2016
  • $2,500,000 Policy Limit Award Against State Farm - Santa Clara County Superior Court-- 63-year-old client was hit by a car at a crosswalk. She suffers from traumatic brain injury ("TBI"), complete loss of sense of smell, facial droop, memory loss and back pain., 2017

Representative Clients:

  • Represented the Chinese community against City's approval to open marijuana shop right next to child care center and community center, 2017
  • Represented Chinese Consolidated Benevloent Associations ("CCBA") in San Francisco in a high-profile derivative lawsuit that went to trial over whether or not CCBA can fly People's Republic of China's flag or Taiwan flag, 2015

Newsletters:

  • A former student is suing San Jose’s East Side Union High School District and her school, claiming they turned a blind eye to heinous behavior. The suit comes as the victim graduated Thursday from an independent study program at Piedmont Hills High School. The former student, Haley Yates, claims she was abused by her boyfriend, Toure Oliver, a football player. Sometimes the abuse occurred on campus, and school administrators did nothing about it, the suit claims. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, also claims Oliver raped Yates multiple times off campus. Oliver said he is on criminal probation for some of the allegations in the lawsuit. The suit says school leaders not only ignored the abuse but also supported Oliver in those court proceedings. "Physical and sexual abuse is a serious matter, and every day, parents rely on their school’s officials to keep their children safe," Yates' attorney said in a statement. "Through this lawsuit, we hope to ensure that the school district will take future cases more seriously so that this will never happen again to any other child." East Side Union Superintendent Chris Funk said he was unaware of the lawsuit, and thus could not comment., Ex-Student Sues San Jose's East Side Union High School District in Connection to Alleged Abuse, Personal Injury Child Abuse
  • A San Francisco Planning Commission vote on a contentious medical marijuana dispensary proposed for Visitacion Valley was postponed Thursday to give the city more time to investigate whether a nearby community center qualifies as a “youth serving facility” that would preclude the cannabis store from locating there. The project sponsor, Connected SF, is proposing a 2,198-square-foot medical cannabis dispensary, or MCD, in two contiguous retail spaces at 5 Leland Ave. and 2400 Bayshore Blvd. The MCD is one of two proposed for that block at the entrance to Visitacion Valley’s retail district. The other, at 2442 Bayshore Blvd., was approved by the Planning Commission in January but has been appealed. That appeal will be heard on July 19, and the new date for the 5 Leland St. hearing is Sept. 14. The Connected SF project is opposed by community groups that argue it would have an adverse impact on several nearby facilities that serve young people in a low-income, largely immigrant corner of the city. They contend the two MCDs are being strategically located on the border with San Mateo County, which does not have any dispensaries, to attract customers from out of the city. Proponents of the project say it would create jobs for residents, provide medicine for the sick, and bolster Visitacion Valley’s retail district by drawing foot traffic. At the center of the Planning Commission’s decision to postpone the vote was the question of whether the preschool and after-school programs at the Cross Cultural Family Center would qualify as “primarily serving persons under the age of 18.”Teresa Li, an attorney representing opponents of the MCD, said the continuance “could also mean that the city commissioners are taking the issue seriously and have began considering the disparate impact of having these MCDs to be concentrated in minority low-income neighborhoods.” If the Board of Appeals overturns the Planning Commission’s approval of 2442 Bayshore, it would probably impact the outcome of the 5 Leland St. dispensary.Quentin Platt, a partner in the Connected SF dispensary, said the postponement “is a bit of an unexpected delay, but we look forward to presenting our plans to serve the patients and benefit the Visitacion Valley community soon.”, East Side Union Superintendent Chris Funk said he was unaware of the lawsuit, and thus could not comment., Immigrant Community, Marijuana
  • Xunyi "Max" Zhang, a former IASCO Flight School student, said he was relieved charges were filed against two staff members accused of kidnapping a former student. Amber Sandhu/Record Searchlight Update at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday A flight school employee instructor facing kidnapping charges resigned as the general manager at IASCO Flight Training in Redding. Jonathan Lipton McConkey stepped down last Friday, his San Francisco-based attorney Jon Runfola said. “He just had a difference with management how to best do his job and what resources were needed,” Runfola said. “That and having to prepare for this case was too much to handle.” Kelsie Hoser remains employed by the school, according to her lawyer, Naomi Chung. Original story Two Chinese flight students in Redding faced a harrowing experience a month ago when they were nearly sent back to China against their will. It ultimately led to the arrest of two Redding flight school employees who now face kidnapping and other criminal charges. Buy Photo Xunyi "Max" Zhang, 24, was at the Friday morning arraignment of the IASCO Flight School employees. (Photo: Amber Sandhu/Record Searchlight)In a story that made national headlines after they spoke publicly about what happened to them, Tianshu "Chris" Shi, 21, and Xunyi “Max” Zhang, 24, have both retained lawyers and say they want justice. Teresa Li, a San Francisco attorney representing Shi, said her client is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming not only from the May 25 confrontation with the two IASCO Flight Training officials but also the manner in which he was treated during classes at the flight school. During the alleged kidnapping that Friday in May, police said Jonathan Lipton McConkey, the IASCO Flight Training general manager, and Kelsi Caylyn Hoser, the school's director of administration and secretary, threatened Shi and forcibly tried to deport him. Zhang, who was with Shi in the van bound for Redding Municipal Airport, went to police after McConkey and Hoser's arrests to report a similar problem. Hoser had told him to stay quiet about what he had seen or he would go to jail, according to the police report. The pair are charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence and first-degree residential burglary. That first-degree burglary charge stems from the pair allegedly entering Shi's home unlawfully with the intent to commit a felony. McConkey, 48, also is individually charged with making criminal threats, while Hoser, 50, is separately charged with preventing or dissuading a witness or victim from reporting a crime.Read: 'Geese behaving badly': Pesky, pooping and pugnacious, they're here to stayBuy Photo IASCO general manager Jonathan McConkey, left, is shown Friday in Shasta County Superior Court with his co-defendant, Kelsi Hoser, far right, and their attorneys, John Runfola and Naomi Chung. (Photo: Amber Sandhu/Record Searchlight) Zhang was present for the arraignment of McConkey and Hoser. Following their brief appearance on Friday at Shasta Superior Court, Zhang said he is prepared to return to China but intends to see the kidnapping case make its way through the courts. “I want to solve all of this while in America, not in China,” Zhang said. “I’m really happy that the prosecutor finally filed a case. I believe I can find the real justice in America and what happened to me (those) two days ... I don’t think I should be treated in that way. And I’m really happy to be looking forward to what happens next.” Zhang is represented by Redding attorney Brandon Storment. Since last month, Zhang has continued to stay in Redding. He can no longer attend the school since his contract with Xiamen Airlines, a company that was sponsoring him to attend school, was terminated. He's also been ordered to return to China by mid-July. Storment said they don’t officially know the status of Zhang’s visa, but they did express to Xiamen Airlines that it’s important Zhang stay in the country to see the case to completion. “He’s a victim of a serious crime and needs to stay to participate in the criminal justice system,” Storment said. Chico attorney Sergio Garcia commented in May that foreigners living in or visiting the U.S. who become crime victims or are witnesses and also are cooperating with law enforcement can get a U visa to participate in legal proceedings. Zhang said his parents are worried about him, but they know he has a lawyer. Storment said that Zhang doesn’t have ulterior motives to stay in the country. “He has a fiancé and family in China,” Storment said. Prior to the incident on May 25, both Shi and Zhang were “grounded,” a term used in flight school when they are unable to fly or train.Read: Prosecutor: Blood on samurai sword ties man to woman's beheadingJohn Runfola, a lawyer representing Jonathan McConkey general manager at IASCO Flight School in Redding, said his client did not kidnap a flight school student from China, as police have alleged. John Runfola, who represents McConkey, disputes the abduction charges and said the whole case was a setup. Rather, he has said McConkey and Hoser were taking Shi to the airport for a flight home to China because he flunked his classes and his visa had expired. He since has added Zhang was a “school washout.” Hoser’s lawyer Naomi Chung said it was the first time she’d seen a witness come to court with a lawyer. Shi did not attend the arraignment.Read: Born to be wild; gray wolf follows her father OR-7's paw stepsLi said Shi and his mother, who flew out from China shortly after the alleged incident, are no longer in Redding. She did not elaborate where they are both staying, but maintains the May 25 occurrence trails a period of "emotional abuse" Shi faced at the school. Li alleges that during a training exercise, an instructor yelled at Shi inches from his ear. Another time, Shi told her he was in the back seat during flight instruction and saw an instructor berate a student. “I can teach a monkey like ten times and they’ll do better than you,” Li said Shi told him about the instructor. Li also counters Shi was never suicidal. What he's dealing with is a diagnosis of PTSD after what she said was a long period of emotional abuse, she said. “He’s not well. Anything reminding him of this, he starts shaking,” she said.Read: Hot dog vendor shut down in Cottonwood looks to regroupThis image shows Redding police walking a man believed to be IASCO Flight Training general manager Jonathan McConkey. The photo was provided to the Record Searchlight by flight school student Zhang Xun Yi. (Photo: Submitted photo) According to the police report by Redding officer Joseph Rossi, while an officer was interviewing Shi in a private room at 6701 Airway Drive, McConkey twice entered the room "seemingly for no legitimate purpose.” In one of those instances, he “stood there for a moment looking around the room,” the report said. Shi “sat up straight and his body tensed,” Rossi wrote in the report. He added Shi physically relaxed in the chair once McConkey left the room. Li said Shi disclosed to her the day after the alleged kidnapping, his mother arrived to be with him. At 10 p.m. on May 26, a white man showed up at Shi's home ready to evict him. Another man showed up at 11 p.m., Li said, ordering Shi’s mom be removed from the home. Li said the man then waited in his car monitoring them. Shi and his mother called the police again that night. Li provided a copy of the eviction notice, which came from IASCO Flight Training. California law states landlords must provide at least three days' notice if they intend to evict a person for being short or behind on rent, Li said. Shi was up to date on his payments, Li said.Read: Construction contract to raise height of Shasta Dam expected next yearThe following eviction notice was handed to Tianshu "Chris" Shi by IASCO Flight Training, according to Shi's lawyer, Teresa Li. (Photo: Contributed photo) According to Redding Police Department logs, officers did go to a Wyla Walk residence at 12:44 a.m. for a “suspicious circumstances” call, and told a man near the residence to leave. “They didn’t learn their lesson, they just kept on with the intimidation,” Li said about the school staff. But Chung, Hoser’s lawyer, said the eviction notice, despite being made out to Shi, was intended for Shi’s mother. “We weren’t trying to evict Chris in the middle of the night,” Chung said. “It’s a house full of men. It’s essentially a school dorm with shared bathrooms.” Chung said some of Shi’s roommates and IASCO Flight Training staff had expressed concern that Shi’s mother was still there. Chung said she and Runfola were also concerned of Shi’s mother's access to the roommates and her potential to tamper with the witnesses. She was on the phone with the school staff and tried to explain the situation to the two responding officers, Chung said. But she alleges one of the officers became aggressive and angry with the school staff member. Chung said the whole incident turned out to be a misunderstanding, and the staff member left. For Zhang — despite attending court — he made his feelings clear about McConkey and Hoser. “Actually, I’m still very afraid of them right now,” Zhang said. According to Runfola, both Shi and Zhang intend to sue., UPDATE: IASCO employee accused of kidnapping resigns, Personal Injury
  • A 51-year-old woman from Santa Fe, N.M, on Thursday sued Airbnb, claiming the San Francisco short-term rentals marketplace did not properly vet one of its hosts, who allegedly sexually assaulted her and held her against her will. The woman, Leslie Lapayowker, said in the complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court that Airbnb “creates a false sense of security to its lessors and lessees.” Though the legal action appears to be the first of its kind against Airbnb — at least in the United States — it is the latest in a line of lawsuits questioning just how responsible the company must be for the conduct of its hosts and guests. The consequences are occasionally dire. In 2016, Airbnb did not admit fault after four friends fell from a second-story flat in England, leading to extensive injuries, the Guardian reported. Lapayowker’s lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages and legal fees, also names the man she said locked her inside a room in his Los Angeles studio she booked through the service in July 2016. The man pushed her into an Ikea armchair, pulled down his pants and began masturbating, she said. The man then allegedly forced her to kiss him and, when he finally let her go, asked for a “positive review on Airbnb” as a parting comment, she said. Lapayowker said the assault derailed her life, prompting her to move to Santa Fe, N.M., after she lost her high-paying mortgage job in Beverly Hills because she could not cope with what happened to her. “I don’t want this happening to somebody else, you know, somebody’s daughter, somebody’s sister, somebody’s wife,” she said. “It’s not about me. And me, personally? I need so much therapy. I’m still in such a bad place.” Nick Shapiro, Airbnb’s global head of trust and risk management, said in a statement that the “abhorrent behavior described has no place in our community and we will not tolerate it. We have been trying to support her in any way we can and we will continue to do so.” The host has been removed from the service, he said. In the suit, Lapayowker’s San Francisco lawyer, Teresa Li, claims that the rental-sharing behemoth “does not perform background checks on its lessors or lessees.” According to Li, a representative from Airbnb told her client that the company had failed to perform a background check in the case of the man accused of sexual assault. “They knowingly send the sheep into the lion’s den — and charge for it,” Li said of Airbnb. Shapiro said that the company hosts and guests in the United States must pass a background check as a requirement to use the service. The company requires a first and last name, as well as a date of birth when people sign up as guests or hosts. The man, who did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment, did not face charges. In an interview, Lapayowker said she had pushed the district attorney in Los Angeles to charge the case. In an earlier incident involving a battery allegation in Florida in 2013 for which he was arrested, the man avoided charges through a first-time offender program, Li said. On its website, the company outlines its policies and standards around safety when it comes to hosting, prominently featuring the slogan “Trust is what makes it work.” Lapayowker said that the man who sexually assaulted her had been designated as a “Superhost,” a benchmark for highly rated hosts. That’s why, she said, she was not concerned with booking the Los Angeles residence with the man for an entire month. But the 30-day booking, for a total of $2,541, quickly unraveled, she said. The man allegedly starting making “sexually suggestive” comments to Lapayowker. Lapayowker left only three days into her month-long stay, after the man started using drugs in the open, “pounding” on her windshield as she sat near the residence in her car and screaming at his underage son all the while. Michael Bodley is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @michael_bodley, Woman sues Airbnb, claiming sexual assault by ‘Superhost’, Short-Term Rental - Personal Injury
  • An Airbnb guest has filed a lawsuit against the company, saying it failed to do a background check that would have uncovered the previous arrest of a host who she said sexually assaulted her. The property owner, who had earned the upper-tier status of “superhost” and had never been convicted of a crime, has said the assault never happened. Airbnb, for its part, defended its screening measures and has since barred the owner from listing on its site. The suit arrives as Airbnb, the peer-to-peer vacation rental and hospitality site, is touting on-the-ground hosts who guide guests through customized itineraries, bringing the groups into increasing contact with one another. It also lays bare the complications of peer-to-peer sharing, even through an established company like Airbnb, which says it performs background checks on hosts and guests in the United States annually, and also has a law enforcement liaison that helps its clients around the world manage potential criminal matters. But the lawsuit, filed by Leslie Lapayowker and first reported in The Guardian, contends that a background check would have uncovered the fact that the owner had been arrested and charged with battery, and prevented him from listing property on Airbnb.   The suit charges that in July 2016, Ms. Lapayowker rented a studio apartment in Los Angeles that was attached to the home of Carlos Del Olmo, listed as a superhost because of his positive reviews on the site. Though she rented the property for a month, the suit says she had stayed only three nights because Mr. Del Olmo’s behavior — making sexually suggestive comments, using drugs in front of his underage son, pounding on her windshield while she was sitting inside her car — made her uncomfortable. According to the suit, the assault occurred when she returned a week after leaving the studio, to retrieve belongings she had left behind. Mr. Del Olmo told her that he wanted to show her something important inside the studio, the suit says, and locked the door after she followed him in. She was held in a chair, against her will, as he proceeded to masturbate in front of her, finally ejaculating into a trash can, the lawsuit says. Before she fled the scene, the suit charges, he said to her, “Don’t forget to leave me a positive review on Airbnb.” When Ms. Lapayowker complained to Airbnb about the attack a month a later, the company immediately removed Mr. Del Olmo as a host from its site, according to Nick Shapiro, the company’s global head of trust and risk management. “We supported her right away and took him off our platform,” he said. Mr. Shapiro would not comment on whether Airbnb knew that Mr. Del Olmo had previously been arrested, citing the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which prohibits the disclosure of the results of one user’s background check to another. He added that a background check had been done on Mr. Del Olmo and showed no prior convictions. But Ms. Lapayowker’s lawyer, Teresa Li, said the company should have informed Ms. Lapayowker that Mr. Del Olmo had previously been arrested and charged with battery, in 2013, in Florida. He was accused of pulling his former girlfriend by her hair, from the back to the front seat of his car, in front of his child; Mr. Del Olmo was referred to an anger management program after the arrest, but was never convicted.     Mr. Del Olmo said he was not happy with Airbnb’s response. “I have not done anything wrong, and have lost between $30,000 and $70,000 a year in income, because Airbnb abandoned me,” he said in a phone interview. Airbnb has been on the receiving end of such complaints before. One woman said her son was sexually assaulted by an Airbnb host in Madrid in 2015. A host in Fukuoka, Japan, was arrested and charged in the assault of a Korean tourist staying there. In England, a prosecutor charged a Couchsurfing host in Leeds with the rape of a Chinese tourist. There were no figures available on the number of such assaults domestically or internationally, and a sampling of vacation rental sites, when contacted, did not respond when asked about their policies on background checks., Airbnb Sued by Guest Who Says a Host Sexually Assaulted Her, Personal Injury
  • An Airbnb guest is seeking to hold the company accountable for an alleged sexual assault, claiming in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit that she was attacked by a host who was not properly screened. The suit, filed Thursday by Leslie Lapayowker, raises fresh questions about the tech firm’s legal responsibilities when hosts violate laws or engage in criminal conduct. Lapayowker is accusing Airbnb of negligence when it allowed her to rent a room from Carlos Del Olmo, who was previously accused of domestic violence. “I don’t want this to happen to other women,” Lapayowker, a 51-year-old New Mexico woman, told the Guardian. “It was horrible, and I think that everybody should be warned that this could potentially happen to them or their daughter or their wife or their sister.” Reached by phone, Del Olmo said he was not aware of the complaint and vehemently denied the sexual assault allegation, noting that criminal charges were never filed. An Airbnb spokesperson said that it had conducted a background check on Del Olmo, but because he was not convicted in a previous case, he was allowed to be a host. The company also said it removed him from the site after learning of Lapayowker’s claims. Lapayowker moved to Los Angeles in July of 2016 for a new job as a mortgage broker and had planned to live in Del Olmo’s Airbnb for a month while looking for permanent housing. Del Olmo, who was renting a studio attached to his house, was a “verified” user and considered a “superhost” for Airbnb, meaning he had positive reviews and frequently had guests. “I assumed that I would be in especially good hands,” said Lapayowker. But, according to the suit, Del Olmo immediately made her uncomfortable by making sexually suggestive comments, pounding on her windshield while she was in her car and screaming at his son loud enough so she could hear. “He scared me,” she added. Lapayowker decided to leave after three nights, and when she returned to get a laptop she left and told him she was moving out early, Del Olmo said he “wanted to show her something of importance inside the studio”, the suit said. He then allegedly locked the door, dropped his shorts and began masturbating in front of her, demanding that she touch him and “taste it”. He ignored her pleas to stop, shoved his tongue into her mouth and eventually ejaculated into a trashcan, according to the lawsuit. He then let her leave the room, saying, “Don’t forget to leave me a positive review on Airbnb”, the complaint said. “I was completely in shock. I was totally numb,” Lapayowker recalled, saying she initially hesitated calling police. “I was terrified he would find out where I live and come after me.” Later that month, she reported the incident to police and to Airbnb, which banned Del Olmo from the site. Authorities ultimately declined to file charges, because officials said there was not enough evidence, according to Lapayowker’s attorney. Prosecutors did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But an attorney for Lapayowker discovered that Del Olmo had an earlier arrest in Florida for a battery charge and domestic violence case. A police report said that, according to the victim’s account, he had pulled her hair and dragged her during an argument. He entered a diversion program, which is an alternative to prosecution, the records showed. Lapayowker, who had previously been an Airbnb “superhost” herself, said she was in disbelief when she learned of the past case: “I was just furious. Why would they let somebody like this be a host?” An Airbnb spokesperson said it runs background checks on all US hosts and guests, looking for matches with terrorist watch lists, felony convictions, sex offender registries and “significant misdemeanors”. “The abhorrent behavior described has no place in our community and we will not tolerate it. We have been trying to support her in any way we can and we will continue to do so,” the company said in a statement to the Guardian. Del Olmo claimed the encounter with Lapayowker was “consensual”. He said: “This woman just fully lied and made everything up.” He said that the woman in the Florida case also lied and noted that he was not convicted. He also argued that it was unfair for Airbnb to kick him off the platform: “Airbnb has no respect for the homeowner … who is the one putting themselves in a liability situation.” Teresa Li, Lapayowker’s attorney, argued that Airbnb misleads users with branding that emphasizes the safety of the platform and calling it a “trusted community marketplace”. “They lure you in and give you this false sense of security,” she said. Airbnb has previously argued that it is not legally responsible when its hosts racially discriminate or violate local housing laws. Lapayowker, who said she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, said she felt Airbnb didn’t take her case seriously: “I feel like they don’t care. Their entire model is to just get as much business as possible.” Since you're here... … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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  • Short-term rentals, such as those found via Airbnb and VRBO, are the wave of the future, and preferred by many over hotels. But what legal recourse does one have if injured or something goes wrong during a stay at a short-term rental, and what should one do? “The first thing you should do is to document everything, including taking as many pictures as possible,” said personal injury attorney Li, founder of the Law Offices of Teresa Li, PC, who has filed a lawsuit against Airbnb in the past for sexual assault against Airbnb’s Superhost. “You should also always read the fine print of any agreement.” Furthermore, it is imperative to call the police and see a doctor right away if injured. If you have been sexually assaulted, you should definitely contact the police right away because this kind of evidence will disappear over time. Additionally, renters should ensure all communication they have with the rental company is traceable. “Don’t rely on it being on the rental platform,” added Li. “So if you communicate on the rental platform via text messages, you should do a screenshot to save these messages on your phone.” One should also save the initial booking outside of the platform, regardless of where the booking is done. It is crucial to inquire about the host and the property manager, and to obtain as much information as possible about the hosts and the property manager before booking. “The platform may or may not have done a background check,” noted Li. If injured, the renter should consult a lawyer immediately. “Depending on the rental platform you are using, you may have to file in a certain city per your agreement. For example, Airbnb has to be in San Francisco,” concluded Li. “Also, you only have 2 years to file from the date of injury.”, Attorney Teresa Li Educates Renters on what to do if Injured During a Short-Term Rental on Vacation, Short-Term Rental And Personal Injury
  • The case (Case No. C19-00283, filed in Superior Court of the State of California County of Contra Costa) stems from the plaintiff, a student at a flight training school, who was allegedly held against his will by the general manager and the secretary (defendants) who then, court documents allege, tried to personally deport him. Attorney for the plaintiff Li, founder of the Law Offices of Teresa Li, PC, filed a civil lawsuit against the defendants and their place of business, IASCO Flight Training school in Redding, CA. According to court documents, the defendants allegedly confiscated and/or accidentally destroyed and/or damaged and/or impaired and/or deprived the plaintiff of his passport. Court documents further allege that on May 24, 2018, one of the defendants, who by his own admission had three shots of an alcoholic drink, called an employee of IASCO to ask the employee to arrange for the deportation of the plaintiff and another student of IASCO to China. Then around midnight, the defendants arrived at the plaintiff’s student residence uninvited and allegedly asked him to pack his belongings and leave the United States immediately. Court documents further state that on May 25, 2018, the defendants again arrived at the plaintiff’s residence and negligently and/or recklessly and/or intentionally interacted with him in a way that caused the plaintiff bodily, emotional, and psychological injury. The defendants, after allegedly kidnapping the plaintiff, took him to an airport and tried to send him “back to China.” The defendants were then arrested at the airport., California Attorney Teresa Li Files Suit in Vigilante Deportation Case, Personal Injury
  • Personal injury attorney Teresa Li, founder of the Law Offices of Teresa Li, PC, recently won $2.5 million in a case, the insurance policy limit, on behalf of a client (plaintiff) who was struck by a motor vehicle while walking in a crosswalk. The case was filed in Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, Case No. 18 CV321503. As her client, who suffered emotional distress due to the accident, did not speak English, Li was able to take the case because she is bilingual (Chinese and English). According to court documents, the plaintiff was crossing Highway 280 with the pedestrian “walk” signal on when the defendant, who was trying to turn right, hit her. The defendant was cited by the police for violation of Vehicle Code Section 21950(a) for failure to yield to pedestrians. Court documents further state that because of the accident, the plaintiff sustained permanent loss of smell and traumatic brain injury, as well as psychological and emotional injuries. Court documents also state that she has not been able to work since the accident. About Teresa Li, Law Offices of Teresa Li, PC Teresa Li has been repeatedly selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and has been included in the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California list. Practice areas include brain injury, truck, bike and motorcycle accidents, wrongful death and more. Li is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America, in which only 0.5% of attorneys are invited to join. For more information, please call (888) 635-3259, or visit http://www.lawofficesofteresali.com. The law office is located at 315 Montgomery Street, 9th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104., Attorney Teresa Li Wins $2.5 Million for Client in Driver Negligence Case, Personal Injury

Educational Background:

  • University of Alberta, Canada, BSc. Mechanical Engineering, 2007
  • University of California - Hastings College of the Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2011
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Office Location for Teresa Li

5674 Stoneridge Dr
Suite 107
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Phone: 415-423-3377

Fax: 888-646-5493

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Last Updated: 11/25/2019

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