Awards & Memberships

Well-Respected Personal Injury Lawyers in San Jose

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.

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

  • Voted California Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Named Santa Clara Trial Lawyer of the Year by the County of Santa Clara
  • Recognized in the Top 100 Attorneys in California by the American Society of Legal Advocates
  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for highest ethical standards and our legal ability as rated by the legal community
  • 10/10 Superb Rating on Avvo
  • Inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers® list for multiple years
  • Inclusion in Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list for multiple years
  • Our firm is rated "A+" by the Better Business Bureau
  • 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®
  • Voted Outstanding Lawyers by Avvo
  • Member of Lawyers of Distinction

    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.

    • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
      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.

    • Super Lawyers<br>(2005 - 2023)
      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.

    • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent®
      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.

    • Better Business Bureau A+ Rated
      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.

    • Avvo 10.0 "Superb" Rating
      Avvo 10.0 "Superb" Rating

      The Avvo Superb rating is the highest evaluation given by the attorney rating agency, which has ratings, reviews, and disciplinary records for lawyers in every state.

    • American Board of Trial Advocates
      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.

    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
      Million Dollar Advocates Forum

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

    • Consumer Attorneys of California
      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.

    • Lawyers of Distinction 2022
      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.


    Client Testimonials

    Highly Rated & Reviewed
    • “I am happy with the outcome and highly recommend Caputo and Van Der Walde to anyone seeking an injury lawyer.”

      - Karen B
    • “Our lawyer and his entire staff were extremely approachable and effective in getting a very good settlement from my own insurance company's under-insured motorist coverage. Our lawyer guided my husband and me through the process.”

      - Chris G.
    • “Paul has a great understanding of people's rights and drives to obtain all that is due to you. He listens and answers questions that anyone could understand without legalize. I contacted him through the recommendation of a friend.”

      - Gary G.


    Millions Recovered for Our Clients
    • Wrongful Death Skydiving Accident $40,030,000

      Attorney Paul Van Der Walde recovered a total of $40,030,000 in compensation for a couple bereft of their 18-year-old son in a tandem skydiving accident.

    • School Bus vs. Pedestrian Accident $8,825,000

      School bus vs. pedestrian accident resulting in traumatic brain injury.

    • Train Maintenance Vehicle vs. Auto $7,411,492

      Caputo & Van Der Walde received a jury verdict in the amount of $7,411,492 for a surviving widow, who lost her husband when his pickup truck was involved in a collision with an on-track maintenance of way vehicle.

    • 3rd-Degree Burns During a Pedicure $7,291,986

      Paul Caputo received a $7,291,985.58 decision for Plaintiff in a case where a client received severe 3rd-degree burns during a pedicure, resulting in the need for numerous skin grafting procedures.

    • Paraplegia from Defective Seat $5,650,000

      Product liability case involving a defective seat design that resulted in paraplegia.

    • Pick-up Truck vs. Pedestrian Accident $4,250,000

      Pedestrian crossing a four-lane street in the crosswalk, hit by a full-size pick-up truck. Injuries included a left knee dislocation with complete tears of all ligaments and requiring surgery, right scaphoid fracture requiring surgery, right shoulder AC joint separation with clavicle fracture and PTSD.

    • Auto vs. Bicycle Accident $4,000,000

      Bicycle rider attempted to maneuver to his left, around a recessed manhole in the bike lane, and was struck by a vehicle that was driving too closely to the bike lane. Significant injuries included traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, and permanent brain damage.

    • Big Rig vs. Auto Accident $3,000,000

      Big rig vs. auto accident resulting in wrongful death.

    • Physical Abuse $3,000,000

      Child protective services failed to adequately protect young child from physically abusive foster parents.

    • Injury Onboard a SCTVA Bus $3,000,000

      Injury onboard a SCTVA bus resulting in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).


    • A Supportive Team on Your Side
    • Included in Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Perfect 10/10 Superb Rating on Avvo
    • You Do Not Pay Unless We Win Your Case
    • All Initial Case Reviews Are Free of Charge
    • Legal Services Available in Spanish
    • Tens of Millions of Dollars Recovered for Our Clients
    • Over 85 Years of Combined Legal Experience


    No Fees Unless We Win