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Allister Rex Liao

Car accident Attorney at San Mateo, CA

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About Allister

Learn Allister’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    80%
    Injury accidents that occur on public and/or private roadways, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, and pedestrians.

    15 years

  2. Personal injury
    20%
    Auto Accidents, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Dangerous Animals, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death.

    15 years

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. In 2015, Allister received both NITA's Advocate Designation and Master Advocate Designation.

 


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

 

 

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Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/30/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Allister

Law Offices of Allister R. Liao
1900 S. Norfolk
Suite 350
San Mateo, CA, 94403
Law Offices of Allister R. Liao
19925 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Suite 100
Cupertino, CA, 95014
Law Offices of Allister R. Liao
1300 Clay Street
Suite 600
Oakland, CA, 94612
Law Offices of Allister R. Liao
1990 N. California Blvd.
8th Floor
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
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Reviews

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Posted by Neric | August 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
We had a great experience working with Mr. Liao. He was so knowledgeable and try to accommodate us at a time that we requested. When my mom and I had into car accident, my husband contacted his office and got us an appointment to speak with Mr. Liao. He listened to us with no rush. Process our insurance claim and guide us every step. Even prepared us before our deposition. Our claims got settled but since we didn't really get much with insurance he even waived attorneys fee. He is a great lawyer and always there to help. Will definitely refer Mr. Liao.
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Posted by Amy | June 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Allistre
After reading many positive reviews, I connected with Allister after my mother was hit by a San Mateo Recology garbage truck. The truck completely totaled her car and left her traumatized. My mother is a non-native English speaker and was hesitant to take legal action. Allister also speaks Mandarin, so I encouraged them to meet. He is not only knowledgeable, but compassionate. Over the course of 2+ years, Allister walked her through the process and what to expect. With Allister’s guidance, we reached a settlement. We highly recommend Allister; he is extremely trustworthy, compassionate, responsive, and professional.
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Posted by Christi D. | June 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney Ever!
First off Allister is awesome! I came to Allister about the time my statute of limitations was running out and he quickly jumped into action to make sure everything was filed before the date. Allister kept me informed every step of the way. What I loved most was Allister would take the time to make sure I understood all of my options and what potential outcomes would be and what it could mean to me financially. Allister even took the time one night to talk with my husband to make sure he was on board with the direction we were going. Allister attended my deposition with me to make me feel at ease. He also fought hard to get me the most money for all my pain and suffering from my car accident, which ended up being triple what the insurance company originally offered. I would highly recommend Allister to anyone, you will be in great hands!
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great, experienced, honest and hard working attorney
Allister is a great person, amazing and experienced attorney, I enjoyed a lot working with him on a case for my family member. He is very patient, detail oriented and takes time to explain everything to his clients. I enjoyed how Allister can describe complex subjects very clearly to me. He is definitely one of the best attorneys I have worked with. Allister is very honest and gives correct information about possible outcomes of each scenario. He works very hard to make sure clients get best outcome. Great negotiator on behalf of clients as well. Many thanks to Allister for his help and support! Highly recommend him.
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Posted by Christopher | June 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
“I was just in a hurry.” That was the first thing the driver said to me, while I was still laying on the ground, after making an illegal right turn from the center lane and striking me on my bicycle. The entire experience was traumatizing and the financial impact was immense. I had no idea how to proceed once I was home and recovering from a broken ankle. I was referred to Allister, and after my experience with him, I am so glad I was. From the very beginning, Allister made sure I understood everything about the process, giving all the possible outcomes to prepare me for whichever one we ended up with. His online portal makes paperwork a breeze, and his continuous follow-up will put you at ease knowing he’s on top of your case. As a result of the accident, some mental health challenges from the past that I had overcome came back, including debilitating anxiety. I became an extremely difficult client to deal with, but Allister remained patient and was able to secure an insurance settlement despite difficulty in communicating with me. What I received in financial compensation was far more than I expected. I had seen numerous specialists and attended several follow ups which could have easily added up to thousands of dollars, but with Allister advocating on my behalf, only a small fraction of that was taken from my settlement payment. I am beyond grateful for Allister’s commitment to my case and thanks to him I was able to replace my damaged bicycle with an upgrade. If you came out of an accident injured and haven’t got a clue what to do, Allister is definitely the attorney you want. If I ever get hit again (knock on wood), Allister can count on my business!
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Empathetic, clear, and professional
We contacted Allister for a consultation a few weeks ago. Allister was extremely helpful and empathetic. He gave clear, direct, and accessible advice and patiently answered all of our questions, providing reassurance while also helping us form a realistic understanding of the situation and how to best navigate it. He exhibited a perfect blend of professionalism and empathy, which made us feel understood and supported and able to 100% trust his judgment and advice. This was my first ever legal consultation, and I honestly could not have hoped for a better experience. I would highly recommend Allister for your legal needs.
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Posted by Chaur | May 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent expertise and satisfactory settlement
My son broke his arm at a school play structure during school hours under the supervision of teachers. I'm very glad that we got in touch with Allister. He timely ordered the necessary inspections and collected key evidences that established the school's negligence in complying with playground codes. Throughout the legal process, Allister communicated to us clearly what our choices are, provided suggestions and respected our choices.
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Posted by Amy | May 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney
5 stars for Allister. He was part of our legal team and made the personal injury case for slip and fall very easy. Though the process was a little longer than expected due to COVID, everything was relatively easy and low stress. We were satisfied with the settlement overall. Also, he can speak mandarin, which was very useful for our particular situation. I will definitely keep his number handy for any future legal issues.
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Posted by Shaun | May 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Allister!
In 2018 I was hit by another driver who sped through a red light. Immediately I knew my body wasn’t going to be the same to say the least. After leaving the emergency room, I contacted my insurance company and knew I was going to need legal help. I had previously been taken advantage of back in 2011 when another driver sped up behind me on the freeway and rear-ended me while I was already going 65 mph and the financial hardship because of it was such a burden. These insurance companies don’t care about the not-at-fault victims and all they want is to settle their claims and in my 2011 case didn’t even cover all of my medical, expenses due to the car being totaled, loss of wages - it hurts to look back at how much time I lost due to recovery and the debt that it put me into because I had to pay out of pocket to cover losses due to the accident. I’m so glad that out of all the law offices I could’ve reached out to that I reached out to Allister. Allister was not only easy to reach out to, but VERY kind and professional. When I called him I thought he wouldn’t care and wouldn’t have any empathy. It was quite the opposite. He handled my case and I felt like he had my best interests at heart. All my medical bills due to this accident were taken care and there was no debt that I had to carry because of this. Allister if you’re reading this, know that during that time it was rough for me and you were there to have my back. I appreciate your service and support more than you know. I was about to just give up, pay out it pocket for an accident that wasn’t even due to my own negligence because going back and forth with insurance companies is a nightmare to say the least. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!
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Posted by Sophia | May 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I got rear-ended 3 years ago on my way to work. This is my first car accident in life, and the after-accident recovery is as painful as the accident trauma itself. For the first couple of days, I was stressed out by talking to the at-fault insurance company Geico as they are trying to speak down the case, while my back feels painful and my hand getting numb. I struggled with whether to hire an attorney as I don't know how big is the case, and concerned I might even need to pay extra if I go with an attorney. After seeking recommendations from Facebook Taiwanese group, I am fortunate to find Allister. Allister was responsive and ensured me that he will take care of the rest and that I can just focus on seeking the medical treatment that I should prioritize. He kept his promises. After having him represent the case, I have my mind free from all the chaos; all I did is getting all the treatment I needed. I had a low expectation of the case, however, he surprised me by reaching a decent settlement. I truly appreciate everything Allister has done. I will not hesitate to recommend him to all my personal network.
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Posted by Lyle | May 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Personal Injury Lawyer
Allister Laio was recommended to me when my wife was hit by a car in a pedestrian walkway. She suffered major injury and was taken to Stanford trauma. After surgery and months in rehabilitation she had full recovery. Allister took our case and from the first day managed all of the insurance and Medicare issues and was able to equitably settle our case with the drivers insurance company. He is a smart, knowledgeable lawyer who is able to discuss all of the issues related to a personal injury case.
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Posted by Elyse | May 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A stand up lawyer
From initial consultation to successful conclusion Allister was a stand up lawyer. He provided all necessary information for making informed decisions, treated me as an equal despite my lack of expertise in the case, created a safe environment, kept me updated and followed through on his responsibilities. He made an unfortunate stumble into a growth opportunity. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Allister turned into encouraged through a very near friend. Upon assembly with him, Allister and his team explained the whole lot up the front which I absolutely liked. Allister and his workforce stored me nicely informed about my case, in spite of my out of contact paintings time table. Allister and Staff, Thank you!! And I would tremendously endorse Allister to absolutely everyone in want of his skilled provider.
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Posted by Margaret | October 15, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing attorney
Was amazing gave me the nit and gritty of what I could expect all the different outcomes and his own advice. Really appreciate him calling and talking to me on my issue!
Posted by Darrel | July 11, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Really cares about people!
Allister had no financial motive to help me (because he represents plaintiffs), I asked him for advice as a potential defendant. He walked me through the potential scenarios about an accident I was involved in. I could tell he really cared about helping people. I will definitely hire him if he I need a personal injury lawyer.
Posted by Sharon | May 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Allister Liao represented me in a recent case against a major grocery store chain. His expertise and professionalism were a definite factor in winning the case. Allister always keep me informed on every detail and included me in the final decision process. He was just a phone call or email away. I would seek out his assistance again, if needed. It was my pleasure to do business with him and I am very appreciative of his hard work and dedication.
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Posted by Star | May 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My comments
I found Allister was very helpful and knowledgable. He did all I needed and I can't ask for more.
Posted by Kathleen | December 7, 2014
A lawyer who practices law with good intentions
A few months back, Allister went out of his way to help me with a situation. He called me on a Sunday to respond to my question that needed immediate attention. He did not know me, however, he reached out to advise me and guide me in a clear direction. I greatly appreciate his kindness and am grateful to know a lawyer who believes in doing the right thing for people.
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Posted by Ali Yassine | October 21, 2014
Auto accident/small Calms
I wish I could give attorney Allister 10 stars, he's an exceptional attorney!!! I am extremely grateful attorney Allister Liao for his guidance, support, and generosity in helping me get through my recent auto accident case. From the very beginning Allister was generous with his time on the phone, gave me sound advice , and agreed to help me with the case at a very reasonable price. Upon meeting Atorney Allister I immediately felt comfortable during a very uneasy time in my life. He made it a point to make me feel like I was a very important client and he was going to get me the outcome I wanted come my court date. On a personal level I appreciated the fact that Allister was not only knowledgeable and reliable, but also cared. The case is not over yet , but I can remember being very upset I was about my case and him telling me that everything was going to be ok! AGAIN thanks for all you do, I appreciate everything you have done
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Posted by Angela | December 15, 2013
Allister Rex Liao: A Consummate Polite Professional
I highly recommend Allister because he is an exceptional attorney: A consummate, polite professional of great integrity, he is a thorough, accurate, complete, and forthcoming attorney who is not only well versed in the law but also quite adept in his ability to explain it. Yet what I most appreciate about him is his empathic listening skills; he listens to me; he understands what I need; and then he always delivers effective legal solutions--which I find reassuring.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Always

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Founder
  • Law Offices of Allister R. Liao
  • 2012 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Devry University
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Robert B. Abel, Jr.
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Brayton Purcell, LLP
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Various Private Law Firms
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • The Veen Firm, P.C.
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Judicial Extern
  • Superior Court Of The County Of San Francisco, California
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • San Francisco City Attorney's Office, Litigation Department
  • 2005 - 2005
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Education

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2014
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2014
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2014
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2014
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2007
  • University of California - San Diego
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2002
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Legal Cases

  • Doe v. Roe
  • $100,000 Settlement
  • Doe v. Roe
  • $100,000 Settlement
  • Doe v. Roe
  • $100,000 Settlement
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Associations

  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • Panel Attorney
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • Taiwanese
  • English

Awards

  • Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2022
  • Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2014
  • 10 Best Under 40 - Client Satisfaction
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor Award for 2013
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Volunteer Appreciation Award
  • ALRP
  • 2013
  • Volunteer Appreciation Award
  • ALRP
  • 2012
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Insurance Law
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • 2006
  • Moot Court Award for Best Oral Argument
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • 2005
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Publications

  • 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
  • The Recorder - Litigation Supplement
  • A Just Cause: Litigators Should Remind Judges of the Standards for Challenging Jurors
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lawyers in the Library
  • Free Legal Clinic: Personal Injury
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (21)
Endorse Allister
Car accident Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Other
"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!"
Car accident Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allister is a skilled and dedicated personal injury attorney who fights hard to get his clients the best results."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer.I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allister is a skilled and dedicated lawyer who fights hard to get his clients the best results. He is an asset to the profession."
Car accident Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Allister. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Liao is an excellent attorney esteemed both by his colleagues and his clients alike. His unique status as a bilingual California attorney (Chinese/English) only adds to his value. I endorse this lawyer with great enthusiasm."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allister Rex Liao is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients very well. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly.."
Car accident Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would encourage anyone in need of a skilled attorney to seek Mr. Liao's advice. His answers show his compassion and skill. I would not hesitate to send a friend to Mr. Liao for assistance."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Liao is smart, experienced, conscientious, and wholly dedicated to his clients and practice. That is the best of all possible combinations when it comes to legal representation in any matter. I would hire Mr. Liao in a heart-beat and I have his name and contact info on my short-list for referrals for my clients who will need a litigator of demonstrated skill and experience. I whole-heartedly recommend and endorse Attorney Liao."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Liao provides practical and insightful answers on Avvo. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know of California Attorney Allister Liao through his participation in Avvo's Q&A section. If you read through his numerous online contributions it doesn't take long to see that Allister is passionate about the law and very knowledgeable too. His answers to consumers' questions are well-organized and well-reasoned, a very good indicator of a lawyer's motivation to help those in need of legal assistance. It's my pleasure to endorse this attorney. And I look forward to reading more of his answers on Avvo."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read Mr. Liao's response to many questions and I find that is thoughtful and provides a meaningful and helpful response. It is apparent that he is knowledgeable."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Liao. .Mr. Liao's responses to inquiries are complete and thorough. He obviously is well versed in his area of practice and very experienced. Ultimately as attorneys we have our time and expertise to offer our clients. Attorney Liao's responses to questions are not merely a recommendation to see a lawyer but a detailed response. t's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free,"
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr. Liao on a large personal injury matter where a minor was severely injured at a public high school. Mr. Liao's assistance was key in bringing our client a large settlement even though no amount of money could ever properly compensate her for what she suffered."
Car accident Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Graciously devotes time to the community in addition to his practice."
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