Viola Law Firm, P.C.

Viola Law Firm, P.C.

At the Viola Law Firm we have been representing individuals and businesses throughout California since 1986. We have built a significant civil litigation practice and an impressive track record of success in court.

Firm Overview

In addition, we maintain a focus in family law, handling cases regarding child custody and visitation, asset division, pre-marital and post-marital agreements and domestic violence.

Although our name changed in 2009, our dedication and integrity remains constant. Our lawyers are committed to providing cost effective, high quality legal services. We believe that by working hard to thoroughly understand a client's goals and objectives, we can more efficiently resolve disputes and achieve successful results.

Our attorneys have critical expertise in all aspects of litigation including trial where necessary, but we are also experienced in employing alternative dispute resolution techniques or negotiating settlement when appropriate.

Main Office

Main Office
441 First Avenue, P.O. Box 1290
San Mateo, CA 94401




At the Viola Law Firm, we understand that going through a divorce, custody dispute or other family law related matter can be one of the most stressful events in a person's lifetime.

We ensure that our clients are provided with all of the information they need to make informed decisions in their case. We thoroughly and thoughtfully evaluate and explain the issues inherent in each client's case, collaboratively developing strategies that are specifically crafted to meet each client's needs. We have broad knowledge and experience advising clients on the variety of complex matters which families may face, and the polished trial skills required to achieve favorable pre- and post-trial outcomes.

At the Viola Law Firm, we advocate diligently on behalf of clients throughout the Bay Area. We work closely together as a team to handle the range of issues faced by each Family Law client, including but not limited to the following:

-Marital Dissolution
-Property Characterization and Division
-Child Custody/Visitation
-Pre-Marital Agreements and Post-Marital Agreements
-Child Support/Spousal Support
-Parental Relations (or Paternity)
-Domestic Partnership
-Domestic Violence
-Alternative Dispute Resolution

Lawrence Viola

Viola Law Firm, P.C.

Lawrence S. Viola has been practicing law in Northern California since 1987, and has been a partner at Viola Law Firm, P.C. since 1991. Mr. Viola's civil litigation experience is diverse. He has extensive experience representing business owners involved in corporate and partnership disputes and dissolutions. He has represented clients in employment cases, including a Silicon Valley S&P 500 company and numerous individuals seeking relief from their employers. His clients also include homeowners involved in real estate and contractor disputes. He has significant experience representing clients seeking relief for personal injuries, as well as heirs seeking recovery for the wrongful death of their family members.

Mr. Viola has successfully represented many clients in family law disputes as well. He has achieved successful results on behalf of clients whose family law cases involved complex property issues, including those on the cusp of changing law. Mr. Viola has also handled contested custody disputes, some involving allegations of abuse. Mr. Viola's family law experience includes cases in public and private courts.

Mr. Viola is honored to be named a 2009 through 2013 Northern California Super Lawyer by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine. No more than 5% of lawyers in the State of California receive this recognition of their professional achievement each year.

Representative Cases
-Jury Verdict exceeding $500,000.00 in real estate case in San Mateo Superior Court, based on broker's failure to competently advise client in commercial transaction.
-Successful arbitration of complex, multi-million dollar business dispute, including an award for payment of attorney's fees incurred by the client.
-Multi-million dollar settlement of personal injury case against multiple defendants, including the employer of defendant drunk driver.
-Successful mediation of wrongful death cases stemming from Alaska Airlines crash.
-Negotiation of largest settlement ever paid by City of Palo Alto for premises liability.
-Successful defense of alienated parent in family law case against false claims of physical and sexual abuse.

Appellate Cases
-McKinley v. Bay Area Rapid Transit District (12/7/2006, A111579) Court of Appeal of California, First Appellate District (unpublished)
-Baldanza v. Delta Air Lines (A075614) Court of Appeal of California, First Appellate District (unpublished)
-Pintor v. Ong (1989) 211 Cal.App.3d 837, 259 Cal.Rptr. 577.

Professional Affiliations and Activities
-San Mateo County Bar Association, Member
-American Bar Association, Member
-Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
-Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member
-Burlingame Soccer Club, Board Member

-Superior Courts of California
-Courts of Appeal of California
-California Supreme Court
-United States District Court, Northern District of California
-United States District Court; Eastern District of California
-United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
-United States Tax Court
-United States Supreme Court

-Denison University, B.A. English and Philosophy, 1982
-California Western School of Law, J.D., 1986


California Western School of Law
Juris Doctorate,