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Paul Van Der Walde

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Paul Van Der Walde

Founding Partner, Senior Trial Attorney

Paul was born in Boston Massachusetts and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona to attend Arizona State University. After completing his undergraduate degree, he moved to the Bay Area in 1989 to study law at Santa Clara University.

He received his Doctorate in Jurisprudence in 1993, and practiced for one year as a defense attorney for a local insurance defense firm. After watching large insurance companies take advantage of plaintiffs, Paul joined a Bay Area civil litigation practice and specialized in helping plaintiffs in personal injury cases such as car accidentsslip and falls, and wrongful death.

He became a partner of Cornell & Van Der Walde Law in 1995, and in 1997, Paul founded Van Der Walde & Associates. He merged his successful personal injury practice with Paul Caputo’s in 2014, to form Caputo and Van Der Walde – Injury & Accident Attorneys.

Recognized for Excellence

For over 20 years, Paul has tried cases in Santa Clara County courtrooms, where he has become a known face to judges, attorneys and legal professionals. At Caputo and Van Der Walde – Injury & Accident Attorneys, Paul gives his clients the full attention they need and uses the significant resources he has to fight when they cannot.


  • Personal Injury Attorney of the Year – Consumer Business Review
  • Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association – “Outstanding Trial Advocacy Award” Awarded “in recognition of exceptional trial results.” 

Paul’s many affiliations and accomplishments include:

  • Past President SCBA Bar Association
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Personal Injury Attorney of the Year – Consumer Business Review
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member Lawyers of Distinction 
  • 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)
  • Lawyers of Distinction 2022 & 2023
  • Top Rated Attorney on Yelp, Avvo & Google

Charitable Organizations:

  • Bay Area Pay It Forward
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • American Cancer Society
  • Salvation Army
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Food Not Bombs (organization dedicated to nonviolent social change)
  • St. Jude’s Cancer Children Research Center
  • Pro Bono Services for clients in need
  • Meals on Wheels

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