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Christopher Lavorato

Christopher Lavorato

Practice areas:

Defective and Dangerous Products, Personal Injury, Class Action, Wrongful Death

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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.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. Defective and Dangerous Products: 40%
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
  3. Class Action: 20%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%

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Contact Info

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

840 Malcolm Rd.
Burlingame, CA, 94010




Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
2009 PhilanthropistMonterey County Free Libraries2009
Excellence In The Future (evidence)CALI2000
Outstanding Oral Argument (LARAW)Santa Clara University School of Law2000

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Aviation OfficerUnited States Army1992 - 1998


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Veteran Lawyers of San Mateo CountyPresident2014 - Present
Italian American Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
American Association for Justice, Leaders ForumMember2013 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard of Governors2013 - Present
San Mateo County Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors (Treasurer)2012 - Present
San Mateo County Bar Fee ArbitratorsPanel Arbitrator2012 - Present
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2009 - 2012
Monterey County Bar AssociationMember (Former Board Member)2002 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
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 LitigationFinal Approval Granted

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Publication NameTitleDate
San Francisco Daily JournalThe Balance Of Effective Drone Regulation2015
San Mateo County Daily JournalHelping Veterans 'Stand Down'2014
The Advocate-Journal of Consumers Attorneys AssociationHowell And The Cost For Future Care For Medical Recipients2014


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of San FranciscoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
WebinarWhere Criminal Law Meets Tort Law2013
Know The LawFamily Law Public Symposium2013
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaWhere Criminal Law Meets Tort Law2013
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaExpert Witnesses2012
Monterey County Bar Association MCLE BrownbagEthical Considerations In The Courtroom2009
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaEthical Considerations in the Court Room2007