Christopher Lavorato is a trial lawyer at Cotchett, Pitre and McCarthy, LLP, where he practices civil litigation. He focuses on a variety of complex civil matters including claims of commercial fraud, business torts, catastrophic injury, products liability and commercial transit accidents. 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 J.D. from the University Of Santa Clara School Of Law in 2002.
After law school, Mr. Lavorato practiced in Monterey County focusing on civil litigation and criminal law. He has a broad range of courtroom experience, including both bench and jury trials, representing individuals, as well as corporate and governmental entities.
Mr. Lavorato is one of our aviation accident litigators bringing real world experience to our team as a prior U.S. Army Blackhawk pilot. Mr. Lavorato has the expertise 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).
Some examples of his cases have been the protection of female rights in the workplace, ensuring a safe living environment for the elderly or special needs patients, and the protection of consumers from defective products and unsafe conditions on property. Most recently, Lavorato worked with Frank Pitre in connection with the sudden unintended acceleration lawsuit against Toyota Motor Company which settled for $1.3 billion dollars.
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 is a firm believer that education is a vital ingredient of freedom and has served as an adjunct professor at the collegiate level in the area of Administration of Justice.
Licensed since 2002
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|2009 Philanthropist||Monterey County Free Libraries||2009|
|Excellence In The Future (evidence)||CALI||2000|
|Outstanding Oral Argument (LARAW)||Santa Clara University School of Law||2000|
|Aviation Officer||United States Army||1992 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Veteran Lawyers of San Mateo County||President||2014 - Present|
|Italian American Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Association for Justice, Leaders Forum||Member||2013 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Board of Governors||2013 - Present|
|San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Directors (Treasurer)||2012 - Present|
|San Mateo County Bar Fee Arbitrators||Panel Arbitrator||2012 - Present|
|San Mateo County Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member||2009 - 2012|
|Monterey County Bar Association||Member (Former Board Member)||2002 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2002 - Present|
|Montes et al v. AeroMexico et al.||Confidential Settlement|
|John Doe v. Roman Catholic Bishop, et al.||Confidential Settlement with Diocese, Pending Judgment vs. Priest|
|Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Litigation||Final Approval Granted|
|San Francisco Daily Journal||The Balance Of Effective Drone Regulation||2015|
|San Mateo County Daily Journal||Helping Veterans 'Stand Down'||2014|
|The Advocate-Journal of Consumers Attorneys Association||Howell And The Cost For Future Care For Medical Recipients||2014|
|Santa Clara University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|University of San Francisco||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Webinar||Where Criminal Law Meets Tort Law||2013|
|Know The Law||Family Law Public Symposium||2013|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Where Criminal Law Meets Tort Law||2013|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Expert Witnesses||2012|
|Monterey County Bar Association MCLE Brownbag||Ethical Considerations In The Courtroom||2009|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Ethical Considerations in the Court Room||2007|