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.


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.

His cases have encompassed matters involving all types of Personal Injury, including the following:

  • Injuries from car accidents
  • Quadriplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Severe burns
  • Toxic exposure
  • Products liability
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations


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.

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

Awards & Associations

  • Santa Clara County Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, former president
  • Santa Clara University Board of Fellows
  • Who's Who of Rising Young Americans
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Education

  • Bellarmine College Prep
  • Marquette University, B.A.
  • Santa Clara University, J.D.
  • Lincoln University Law School, professor of "Torts"

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