Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Paul Caputo has a long and successful history in courtrooms throughout Northern and Central California of fighting for injured victims against insurance companies and their clients. He is the only Santa Clara County attorney who has been chosen by his peers in a state-wide selection process as the California Trial Lawyer of the Year. This recognition came in representing a disabled wheelchair rider injured by the negligence of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Paul challenged the wheelchair securement policy of the transit agency and won critical lifetime medical care for his client. The verdict led to a change in the policy that resulted in the injury of hundreds of disabled wheelchair riders. It was lauded by multiple disabled groups as it vastly improved safety for all passengers riding transit buses and will save taxpayers millions of dollars.

Paul has also been recognized as the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyer of the Year.



As a trial lawyer who represents injured victims without the means to pay for legal representation, it is not unusual for Paul and his firm to expend monetary resources to hire experts, get medical opinions and reports on behalf of his clients, and then have to wait two to three years for injured victims to get what is legally due to them from insurance companies and their clients. Paul recalls being asked by a colleague to take on Foster Farms in a case out of the San Joaquin Valley. As a company with a large employment base and favorable image in that area, Foster Farms offered the client zero dollars in a case that involved a laborer developing respiratory complications following exposure to anhydrous ammonia fumes that leaked from a Foster Farms facility. Following nearly three years of unsuccessful negotiations, tens of thousands of dollars spent on behalf of the client, Caputo took the case before a jury in Stanislaus County and received a verdict totaling nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

Caputo has also successfully taken on the San Jose Police Department, auto manufacturers and major insurance companies. Following a rear-end auto accident, Caputo settled a case against an auto manufacturer for $5.825 million in representing a client left with quadriplegia from injuries caused largely because the seat installed in her car was defective. And he settled a case against the San Jose Police Department for $1.13 million for a client left with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), now commonly referred to as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), after she was rear-ended by a SJPD officer. He also successfully resolved a case for $3,000,000.00 for a client who developed CRPS as a result of an injury suffered while on-board a Santa Clara Valley Transportation bus. Recently, he settled a case for a client suffering brain damage for over $8,000,000.00.

After graduating from Bellarmine College Prep, and earning his B.A. degree from Marquette University, Paul received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence (J.D.) Degree from Santa Clara University. Once he passed the bar, Paul joined his father at the law firm of Caputo, Liccardo, Rossi, Sturges & McNeil. In 1992, Paul and his father, Richard P. Caputo, split off from that firm to form the law firm of Caputo & Caputo.

Paul follows in the footsteps of his father Richard, considered by many as one of the nation's elite trial lawyers of his era. "Watching my father, I learned how to maintain a professional and high ethical standard while still negotiating in good faith on behalf of my clients."

Since 1989, Paul has either tried or handled cases as a personal injury lawyer in 38 counties, mainly encompassing cities within the Bay Area and Northern California. His cases have encompassed matters involving all types of Personal Injury, including injuries from car accidents, quadriplegia, paraplegia, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, toxic exposure, products liability, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations.


In addition to his work as an advocate for victims of personal injury, Paul has served as past-president of the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, been a guest lecturer for numerous legal organizations and has written several published articles for area newspapers encompassing a spectrum of insurance/personal injury related matters and on recent developments in the law that are of interest to the public. He has also been a professor of "Torts" at Lincoln University Law School for eight years. Paul has also served on the Santa Clara University Board of Fellows.

Caputo has also been honored in Who's Who of Rising Young Americans, and an AV rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell (a legal publication) as "an attorney of exemplary reputation who has a significant client base and high professional standing." This rating was the result of "an extensive, confidential review conducted among the legal professionals in the community."

Paul lives in the Almaden neighborhood of San Jose with his wife, Lisa, and their two children.

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