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.
Chris received his B.A. in Communications from the University of San Francisco in 1992. He graduated as the Distinguished Military Graduate from ROTC and became a commissioned officer in the United States Army, serving honorably as a platoon leader, S2, and company commander, and as a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot until 1999. After his military service, he earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in 2002. Chris is licensed to practice law in the states of Texas and California.
After law school, Chris 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 team of lawyers for Economic Loss Class Plaintiffs in the Toyota Unintended Acceleration case which successfully resulted in a substantial settlement on behalf of class members. Other examples of his cases include securing multi-million dollar settlements representing clients with traumatic brain injuries, drowning victims, dog bite victims, people who are injured by defective products, sexual abuse victims, victims of commercial airline crashes, as well as personal injuries related to negligent automobile and truck drivers. He also has extensive experience in construction defect cases. Recently, attorneys Sean Breen and Glen Wilkerson of Howry Breen & Herman secured a full and fair settlement on behalf of hundreds of condominium owners in a construction defect case here in Austin.
Chris 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, he 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).
Chris enjoys providing pro-bono services to those in need, as well as service to numerous non-profit boards. He believes in giving back to our communities. For his efforts, Chris has been selected by his peers for inclusion as an AV® Rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell®, recognized for holding the highest degree of legal competency and ethical standards. He has also been selected as a “Top 100 National Trial Lawyer”, Northern California Super Lawyer® and Texas Super Lawyer®, by Thomson Reuters.
When Chris is not representing his clients, he enjoys spending time with his family, physical fitness, and volunteering for Texas Search and Rescue. He also provides instruction to our legal community as adjunct professor at Austin Community College in its paralegal department. Chris is a firm believer that education is a vital ingredient of freedom.