Lawrence S. Viola

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Mateo, CA

Viola Law Firm P.C.
 | 441 1st Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: 650-532-9389
Fax: 650-342-6854
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (50%),
  • General Litigation (50%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Viola Law Firm P.C., Lawrence S. Viola is committed to representing clients in Northern California. He focuses his practice on general litigation, family law and personal injury, handling cases that involve corporate disputes and dissolutions, contract disputes, wrongful death, complex property division and child custody.

After graduating from Denison University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and English, Mr. Viola went on to earn his Juris Doctor in 1986 from California Western School of Law. He is admitted to practice in California's state courts as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Tax Court.

With nearly 30 years of experience, Mr. Viola knows the value of taking the time to get to know his clients. In turn, his personal attention provides them with the best possible representation. Through careful attention to the details of every case, he has had widespread success. Mr. Viola is responsible for handling a premises liability case that required Palo Alto to pay the city's biggest settlement ever, and his litigation skills in a personal injury case netted a multimillion-dollar settlement for the victim.

Staying on top of legal trends is important to Mr. Viola; he holds memberships with the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the American Bar Association and the San Mateo County Bar Association. He also serves his community as a board member for the Burlingame Soccer Club.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (50%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property

General Litigation (50%): Litigation

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property, Litigation


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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019

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About Lawrence Viola

Admitted: 1987, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, San Mateo County Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. States Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • California Supreme Court
  • Courts of Appeal of California
  • Superior Courts of California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member, Burlingame Soccer Club


  • Jury Verdict exceeding $500,000.00 in real estate case in San Mateo Superior Court, based on broker's failure to competently advise client in commercial transaction

Representative Clients:

  • Successful Defense of Alienated parent in Family Law Case against False Claims of Physical and Sexual Abuse
  • Negotiation of largest Settlement ever paid by City of Palo Alto for Premises Liability
  • Successful Mediation of Wrongful Death Cases Stemming from Alaska Airlines crash
  • Successful Arbitration of complex, Multi-Million Dollar Business Dispute, including an Award for payment of Attorney's fees incurred by the client
  • Multi-Million Dollar Settlement of Personal Injury Case against multiple defendants, including the Employer of Defendant Drunk Driver
  • Pintor v. Ong, 211 Cal.App.3d 837, 259 Cal.Rptr. 577., 1989

Educational Background:

  • Denison University, B.A., in English, Philosophy, 1982
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Office Location for Lawrence S. Viola

441 1st Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401

Phone: 650-532-9389

Fax: 650-342-6854

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Last Updated: 10/11/2019

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