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
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.