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Awards and Honors

At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, we have a wide range of awards, memberships, and recognitions that show why we are trusted and respected in the legal community. Our professionalism, skill, and accomplishments have been recognized by clients, peers, colleagues, and other professional experts. With over 85 years of combined legal experience, our San Jose personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping injured individuals receive the compensation they need and deserve to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and more.

  • California Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association – “Outstanding Trial Advocacy Award” Awarded “in recognition of exceptional trial results.”
  • Newsweek Top Law Firms (not on awards page) – Home Page
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as “an attorney of exemplary reputation who has a significant client base and high professional standing”
  • California Lawyers Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) – “Presidential Award of Merit” Awarded in recognition of “contributions to the legal profession, the plaintiff’s bar and the community.”
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Top Rated Attorney by Super Lawyers
  • Santa Clara County Trial Lawyer of the Year, Award Winner
  • Santa Clara County Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2x Finalist
  • Lawyers of Distinction 2022 & 2023
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Resolution of Commendation, U.S. House of Representatives, stating in part, “Paul Caputo has demonstrated a commitment to protect the rights of the consumer, to safeguard the environment and to apply his knowledge and experience in the field of law to the promotion of the public good”
  • Top Rated Attorneys on Yelp & Google
  • Past President SCBA Bar Association
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Personal Injury Attorney of the Year – Consumer Business Review
  • Past Santa Clara Bar Association Board of Trustees
  • Member CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California)
  • Member AAJ (American Association for Justice)
  • Member SCCBA (Santa Clara County Bar Association)
  • Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, Past President
  • Santa Clara University Board of Fellows
  • Professor of Torts at Lincoln University Law School
  • Guest lecturer for numerous legal organizations
  • Published author and contributor for various area newspapers and news outlets
  • Who’s Who of Rising Young Americans Honoree
  • Resolution of Commendation, California State Assembly, which states in part, “That Paul F. Caputo is commended for his service to justice and the public good…”
  • Commendation, City of San Jose, stating in part, “Paul F. Caputo has demonstrated a commitment to advance the cause of those who are damaged in person or property…, to help injured or damaged persons enforce their legal rights…, and to resist efforts of others to unduly curtail the rights of such persons.”

Our commitment to our clients has resulted in multiple awards and achievements, including:

  • Member of Lawyers of Distinction
  • Inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers® list for multiple years
  • Inclusion in Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list for multiple years
  • We are rated "A" by the Attorney Search Network
  • We've been included in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • Our firm is rated "A+" by the Better Business Bureau
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Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum are among the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Less than 1% of lawyers in the United States are members.

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Super Lawyers (2005–2023)

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from over 70 fields of law, all of whom must demonstrate a high level of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

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Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent®

This is the highest peer rating standard that Martindale-Hubbell® awards. This designation is awarded to attorneys who are rated at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards.

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Better Business Bureau A+ Rated

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) awards ratings based on their degree of confidence that a business operates in a trustworthy manner and will make a good faith effort to resolve any client complaints.

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American Board of Trial Advocates

Membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is by invitation only. To qualify, a trial lawyer must demonstrate high personal character and honorable reputation, as well as meet other strict requirements. An applicant must also be a member of the Bar of the State in which he or she practices.

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Consumer Attorneys of California

Consumer Attorneys of California is an organization of over 3,000 attorneys who represent individuals who have been injured, cheated or otherwise harmed through no fault of their own.

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Lawyers of Distinction 2022

Lawyers of Distinction Recognizes Excellence in the practice of Law. Lawyers of Distinction Members have been selected based upon a review and vetting process by a Selection Committee.

How can Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP help me? Call (800) 900-0863 to find out!

Our awards and recognitions are just a small sample of how we can help you. Our accomplishments include many multi-million dollar recoveries for our clients. We always aim to provide our clients with the personal care and attention that they need to seek compensation in their personal injury cases. At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our top priority is your well-being. We always pursue justice with your best interests in mind.

Call our firm today at (800) 900-0863 to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. We would be happy to discuss the situation of your case, explain your rights and options, and help you determine what your next step should be.