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Christopher Lavorato

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Christopher Lavorato is a partner at Howry Breen & Herman, where he practices civil litigation. He focuses on a variety of complex civil matters including claims of catastrophic injury, wrongful death, products liability, commercial transit accidents, and construction defect.

Mr. Lavorato received his B.A. in Communications from the University of San Francisco in 1992. He graduated as the Distinguished Military Graduate from ROTC and was commissioned in the United States Army, serving as an Aviation Officer and UH-60 Blackhawk pilot until 1998. After his military service, Mr. Lavorato earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Santa Clara School Of Law in 2002.

After law school, Mr. Lavorato practiced on the Monterey Peninsula and the Bay Area of California, focusing on complex civil litigation and criminal law. He was a member of a co-lead counsel for Economic Loss Class Plaintiffs in the Toyota Unintended Acceleration case which successfully resulted in a $1.5 billion settlement on behalf of class members. Other examples of his cases include the protection of female rights in the workplace, representing injured passengers arising from the crash of an airline in San Francisco, securing seven-figure settlements for drowning victims, victims of sexual assault, and clients injured by negligent automobile and truck drivers. Recently, Mr. Lavorato and attorneys Sean Breen and Glen Wilkerson of Howry Breen & Herman secured a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of hundreds of condominium owners in a construction defect case here in Austin.

Mr. Lavorato has a broad range of courtroom experience, including both bench and jury trials, representing individuals, as well as corporate and governmental entities. As an FAA-certified commercial pilot, Mr. Lavorato brings real world experience to our team in the acquisition of key evidence related to aviation accident investigations, processes and procedures of regulatory agencies, including procedures of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Mr. Lavorato has served on numerous non-profit boards to the betterment of our communities and has provided vigorous pro-bono representation to those in need. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 Northern California Super Lawyer® list and the 2016-2018 Texas Super Lawyer® lists. He is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, recognized for holding the highest degree of legal competency and ethical standards. He serves our community as an adjunct professor of civil litigation, evidence, and legal research and writing at Austin Community College. Mr. Lavorato is a firm believer that education is a vital ingredient of freedom.

Looking for a reliable lawyer in Austin? Call Howry Breen & Herman at (512) 430-4844 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation today.

Education

  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of San Francisco, 1992

Military Education

  • FAA Certification for Small Unmanned Aircraft System (Drone) Operations
  • Commercial Rated Rotary Wing Pilot (VFR/IFR)
  • United States Army Airborne School
  • United States Army Air Assault School
  • Held Top Secret Clearance (SCI) while serving in the Army

Presentations

  • Legislative Update on Drones (Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems) (2017), Austin Bench/Bar, Austin Bar Association
  • Know the Law: Family Law (2013), San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Where Criminal Law Meets Tort Law (2013), Consumer Attorneys of California Conference
  • Expert Witnesses (2012), Consumer Attorneys of California Conference
  • Ethical Considerations in the Courtroom (2009), Monterey County Bar Association
  • Ethical Considerations in the Courtroom (2007), Consumer Attorneys of California Conference

Publications

  • Helping Veterans Stand Down (2014), San Mateo County Daily Journal
  • Howell and the Cost of Future Care for Medicare Recipients (2014), The Advocate Vol. 41, No.6
  • The Balance of Effective Drone Regulation (2/5/2015), San Francisco Daily Journal

Community Service & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® since 2014
  • Selected for inclusion in the Northern California and Texas Super Lawyers® lists (2015-2018)
  • Super Lawyers
  • Perfect “10” rating by Avvo.com
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Evidence (Santa Clara University School of Law)
  • Outstanding Oral Argument (Santa Clara University School of Law)
  • Current Board Member for “The Playful Child.org” promoting healthy children (Georgetown Texas)
  • Co-Founder and past President of Veteran Lawyers of San Mateo County
  • Past Director and Secretary of San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past Director and Executive Committee Member of Monterey County Bar Association
  • Monterey County Free Libraries’ Philanthropist Honoree (2009)

Licenses/Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Federal District Court of Texas: Western District
  • U.S. Federal District Courts of California: Northern and Central Districts
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