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Allister is one of just a handful of bilingual English-Chinese attorneys that practices exclusively personal injury law on behalf of injured victims in the Northern California San Francisco Bay Area. He is a licensed attorney in the State of California and a recipient of the 2014 National Academy of Personal Injury Attorney’s Award for Top 10 Attorneys Under the Age of 40.


Allister volunteers his time at public libraries throughout San Mateo County to increase public access to justice. He has participated in the San Mateo County Bar Association’s Lawyers in the Library: Free Legal Clinic Program since 2013. Visit our Facebook Page to find out when the next Free Legal Clinic will take place in your neighborhood.


Past clients and attorneys have endorsed Allister’s legal expertise on various social media and legal sites on the internet, including Yelp, Avvo, Facebook, and Google+.


Allister completed his juris doctorate at the University of San Francisco School of Law. While in Law School, he received the Moot Court Award for Best Oral Argument and the CALI Award for Excellence[1] in Insurance Law. He was a member of the USF Trial Team in the American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, twice a quarter-finalist in the Advocate of the Year Competition, and a participant in the USF Intensive Advocacy Program.


Even as a licensed attorney, Allister continues to train with attorneys and judges from around the world. He believes that the only way to get better is to keep doing it. In 2014, he successfully completed the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s (NITA) Deposition Skills and Trial Skills Programs. Allister is expected to receive the NITA Advocate Designation in 2015, and is on course to receive the NITA Master Advocate Designation in 2016.


[1] The CALI Award for Excellence is awarded to the highest scoring student in each law school class.




Languages spoken: Mandarin, Taiwanese, English

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 50%
    8 years
  2. Personal Injury: 40%
    8 years
  3. Defective Products: 5%
    8 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 5%
    8 years



Hourly ($150-250/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

23 total 

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  • Manuel Alzamora Juarez

    It is my distinct pleasure to recommend Attorney Allister Rex Liao to any consumer searching for a Personal Injury Attorney in the Bay Area. Attorney Liao is a very knowledgeable and caring attorney. He is also an avid contributor to Avvo. His answers to posters questions are of excellent quality. He is well respected by his legal peers.and I consider him a future bright star of our legal community. I endorse him most highly.


    Manuel Juarez Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Dustin Linley Collier

    Allister Liao was a recent participant in a trial skills program hosted by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. I was a faculty member at that training and Mr. Liao immediately stood out from the crowd. He needed no real training and was there simply to further polish his already superior trial skills. It was a genuine pleasure to work with Mr. Liao and I hope to have the opportunity to work with him on actual trials in the future. Any client would be lucky to have him as their attorney and I will be contacting him about co-counseling on my future personal injury trials. I strongly endorse this lawyer!


    Dustin Collier Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Law Offices of Allister R. Liao

170 South Spruce Ave., Suite 110
South San Francisco, CA, 94080


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best Under 40 - Client SatisfactionNational Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Top 10 Best Under 40American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Volunteer Appreciation AwardALRP2013
Top Contributor Award for 2013Avvo2013
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2013
Volunteer Appreciation AwardALRP2012
CALI Award for Excellence in Insurance LawUniversity of San Francisco School of Law2006
Moot Court Award for Best Oral ArgumentUniversity of San Francisco School of Law2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and FounderLaw Offices of Allister R. Liao2012 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorDevry University2012 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Robert B. Abel, Jr.2008 - 2011
AttorneyBrayton Purcell, LLP2008 - 2008
Law ClerkVarious Private Law Firms2007 - 2008
Law ClerkThe Veen Firm, P.C.2006 - 2007
Judicial ExternSuperior Court Of The County Of San Francisco, California2006 - 2006
Legal InternSan Francisco City Attorney's Office, Litigation Department2005 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay AreaMemberN/A
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
AIDS Legal Referral PanelPanel AttorneyN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Doe v. Roe$100,000 Settlement
Doe v. Roe$100,000 Settlement
Doe v. Roe$100,000 Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
SingTao Newspaper廖國甫律師秉特理想 竭誠服務 專辦人身傷害案件2010
KTSF 26 - Mandarin News校園暴力 (Bay Area School Violence)2009
(none)School Violence: What Parents Should Know2009
The Recorder - Litigation SupplementA Just Cause: Litigators Should Remind Judges of the Standards for Challenging Jurors2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyArticulate AdvocateCertificate of Completion2014
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyDeposition SkillsCertificate of Completion2014
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyBuilding Trial SkillsCertificate of Completion2014
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyAdvanced Trial SkillsCertificate of Completion2014
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of California - San DiegoCognitive ScienceOther - Bachelors2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lawyers in the LibraryFree Legal Clinic: Personal Injury2014
Lawyers in the LibraryFree Legal Clinic: Personal Injury2014
Lawyers in the LibraryFree Legal Clinic: Personal Injury2014
Lawyers in the LibraryFree Legal Clinic: Personal Injury2014
Lawyers in the LibraryFree Legal Clinic: Personal Injury2014
Lawyers in the LibraryFree Legal Clinic: Personal Injury2013