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Paul Van Der Walde moved to Santa Clara County in 1990 to study law at Santa Clara University. Previously, Paul lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Boston, Massachusetts, before moving to Santa Cruz, California, where he has resided for the past 15 years. 


Paul received his Doctorate in Jurisprudence in 1993, and went into practice as a defense attorney for a local insurance defense firm. After spending a year watching insurance companies take advantage of plaintiffs, Paul joined a Bay Area civil litigation practice and specialized in helping plaintiffs in personal injury cases. He became a partner of Cornell & Van Der Walde Law in 1995, and in 1997, Paul founded Van Der Walde & Associates.


For the past 20 years, Paul has tried cases in Northern California courtrooms, where he has become a known face to judges, attorneys and legal professionals. Unlike many firms Van Der Walde & Associates strives to develop strong relationships with their clients and provides that personal touch to those injured in serious accidents.  Paul specializes in personal injury litigation and has helped hundreds of people resolve their cases.


Van Der Walde & Associates Websites


San Jose Personal Injury Lawyers


Central California Wrongful Death Law Firm


California Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys


Santa Clara Motorcycle Accident Lawyers


Cupertino Bicycle Accident Attorneys


Central California Brain Injury Lawyers


San Jose Auto Accident Attorneys


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Stanislaus County Personal Injury Lawyers


San Joaquin County Personal Injury Attorneys


San Benito County Personal Injury Lawyers


Alameda County Personal Injury Attorneys


San Mateo Personal Injury Lawyers


Merced County Personal Injury Attorneys



Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%
    24 years



Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Brett A. Borah

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have referred several clients to Mr. Van der Walde and all have reported back that they are pleased with his level of representation. I will continue to refer clients to him.


    Brett Borah Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Mr Vanderwalde consistently provides superior results. He is a leader in the community.


    Patricia Fox Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP

51 East Campbell Avenue, Suite 120
Campbell, CA, 95008

Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP

1414 Soquel Avenue
Suite 222
Santa Cruz, CA, 95062-2141

Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP

6200 Stoneridge Mall Road
3rd Floor
Pleasanton, CA, 94588-3242

Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP

1840 Gateway Drive
Suite 200
San Mateo, CA, 94404-4029



AZInactive 199507/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding LawyersAVVO2011
Top Rated LawyersAttorney Search Network2009
Personal Injury Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2007
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2000
Member - Million Dollar Advocates ForumMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerVan Der Walde & Associates1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2000 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1998 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1998 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1993 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember1993 - Present
Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Sunnyvale Cupertino Bar AssociationPresident2006 - 2007
Santa Clara Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees1999 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Confidential Settlement$1.975 million
Caminiti1.5 million
Bowles v. Big O Tire1.475 Million
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Arizona State UniversityBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American National Insurance SeminarInsurance Issues: Personal Liability, Recklessness vs. Negligence, and Reimbursement2011
Continuing Education SeminarTort and Trial Practice2008