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Brett A. Borah

Brett A. Borah

also known as "Mad Dog"

Practice areas:

Workers Compensation, Social Security, Personal Injury, Arbitration, Employment & Labor

About Me

I have dedicated my life to helping those who need help.  Professionally, this means that since 1980, I have been helping the working men and women of California who have been injured on the job.  The California workers' compensation system is extremely difficult to navigate and without the help of a good attorney, injured wokers risk losing everything.  Very often we are able to help our clients with their state disability claims,  their Social Security claims, third party personal injury claims and coordinate benefits.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Workers Compensation: 96%
    35 years
  2. Employment & Labor: 1%
    15 years
  3. Arbitration: 1%
    25 years
  4. Personal Injury: 1%
    25 years
  5. Social Security: 1%
    35 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (15-34%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

82 total 

  • Adam A Studnicki

    Mr. Borah is a well-respected lawyer and a valuable asset to this community. His continuing dedication to the law and his clients is admirable.

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    Adam Studnicki Personal Injury Attorney
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  • Aryeh Leichter

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Contact Info

Law Office of Borah & Shaffer

20111 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Ste. 230
Cupertino, CA, 95014-2345

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198005/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2016
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers2015
Best Law FirmU.S. News & World Report2015
Top ContributorAVVO2015
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2015
Top Lawyers in San FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle2014
Best Law FirmU.S. News & World Report2014
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
Top ContributorAVVO2014
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
CommendationSanta Clara County Workers' Compensation Attorneys Association2013
Top AttorneySan Francisco Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Victor Beauzay Life-Time Recognition AwardCalifornia Applicants' Attorneys Association2013
Northern California's Best LawyersSan Francisco Chronicle2012
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2012
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2012
CommendationCalifornia Applicants' Attorneys Association, Santa Clara Chapter2011
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News and World Report2011
Northern California's Best LawyersSan Francisco Chronicle2011
Above and BeyondCalifornia Applicants' Attorneys Association2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News and World Report2010
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2008
5/5 pre-eminatelawyers.com2007
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2006
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2005
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2004
Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesState Bar of California1997
Certlified Specialist in Workers' CompensationState Bar of California1994
A-V ratingMartindale-Hubbell1990
ArbitratorWorkers' Compensation Appeals Board1990
Certificate of AppreciationSanta Clara County Bar Association1990
Certificate of AppreciationSanta Clara County Bar Association1989
Certilficate of CommendationCity of Saratoga1989
Certificate of AppeciationSuperior Court of California, County of Santa Clara1988
Certificate of AppreciationSanta Clara County Bar Association1988
Certilficate of CommendationCounty of Santa Clara1986

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Social Security Reps, San JoseFounding Chair2013 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationChair, Membership Committee2010 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys Association, Santa Clara chapterFounding Education Committee Chair2009 - 2012
Santa Clara County Workers' Compensation Attorneys AsssociationFounding Chair2009 - 2012
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationChair, Management Committee2008 - 2010
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember2007 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationChair, Membership Committee1999 - 2008
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationGovernor1997 - Present
State Bar of California, Workers Compensation SectionChair1995 - 1996
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationChair, Communications Committee1989 - 1991
State Bar of California, Committee on SpecializationChair1989 - 1992
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Workers' Comp. SectionChair1988 - 1990
City of Saratoga, Public Safety CommitteeChair1988 - 1990
Sunnyvale Cupertino Bar AssociationPresident1988 - 1989
Santa Clara County Grand JuryForeman1987 - 1988
California Applicants' Attorneys Association, Santa Clara ChapterFounding President1987 - 1988
Sunnyvale Chamber of CommercePresident1985 - 1986
United States Supreme Court BarMember1985 - Present
City of Sunnyvale, Parking Advisory CommitteeChair1981 - 1984
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1980 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationMember1980 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Sunnyvale Cupertino Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Claudia vs. Calpine$270,000.00+
Charles vs. KaiserCompromise and Release
Bonnie vs. AetnaMultiple settlements all in favor of Bonnie

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
79 Calif. Comp. Cases 100Sharma vs. Lam Research2013
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Chapter on Temporary, Total, Disability Indemnity2000
Workers' Compensation QuarterlyReport from the Chair1996
Workers' Compensation QuarterlyAnnual Report1996

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of California - BerkeleyEducationTeaching Certificates 4x1973
University of California - BerkeleyPolitical ScienceA.B.1972

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
ExamWorksReport Writing for Psych QME/AME's2015
CAAA Summer ConventionPenalties & Sanctions on U/R and I.M.R.2015
CWCDAA Winter ConventionIssues and Techniques in the Trial of Workers' Comp Cases2014
California Society of Industrial Medicine & SurgeonsUnderstanding U.R./I.M.R.2014
C.A.A.A. SeminarLaw Office Management Seminar2011
Community ForumWhat You Need to Know About Your Workers' Compensation Claim2010
American Dental AssociationWorkers' Comp. Law for California Dentists2009
C.A.A.A. Winter ConventionLabor Code 4062.2 discovery2007
C.A.A.A. SeminarPara-legal Seminar2006
C.A.A.A. SeminarPara-legal Seminar2005
C.A.A.A. SeminarPara-legal Seminar2004
C.A.A.A. SeminarPara-legal Seminar2003
Sunnyvale-Cupertino Bar AssociationHidden Workers' Compensation Issues in Your Caseload2002
C.A.A.A. Winter ConventionTenet vs. W.C.A.B.2002
CAAA Winter ConventionAncillary Benefits to Workers' Compensation1989