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Brett A. Borah

Workers compensation Attorney at Cupertino, CA

4.5   28 reviews

About Brett

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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.

Licensed for 42 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1980
Updated 09/07/2022

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

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Law Office of Borah & Shaffer
20111 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Ste. 230
Cupertino, CA, 95014-2345

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
Posted by Rosemary | August 20, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Advise
Very helpful advise my issue is very complex. Thank you. Appreciate your advise I need answers from a attorney where my workers comp is located in NJ
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can we give him a TEN STAR review!!
Great SOLID Lawfirm. As a retired Sheriff I highly recommend Brett Borah. His communication with his clients is clear and regular. He is VERY thorough. He is not only a STELLAR Attorney who did incredible with my case, but a true kind hearted person! Well worth the investment of time and Contingent on a favorable outcome!
Posted by Denilda osmani | August 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Advice!!
Mr. Borah was very helpful. He even called me 2 time and gave me professional advices. I appreciate his help!!
Posted by Michael | June 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael M.
Since 1988 Brett has represented me with several types of matters with 100% success. Thank you sir, we love your compaction and dedication to your love of justice for all.......
Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
WC Lawyer
Mr. Borah was very Helpful he even replied to my PM and took time out of his day I am grateful for his time.
Posted by Zlata | March 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney!
I met Mr Borah about 9 month ago. I got injured at my work place and I was looking for a highly skilled professional who can get justice done for me! Mr Borah amazed me with his professionalism and the way he handles cases! If you are looking for an attorney who’s interest - your interest, Mr Borah is that person! Mr Borah not only getting job done he also brings great results! Thank you again for your wonderful help!
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Posted by Jacqui Jourdan | March 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely knowledgable!!
Contacted Mr. Borah by Email and a separate Voicemail. He returned my call within 24 hours and not only offered his personal opinion, but recommended several trusted attorney's in my area.
Posted by Tracy Wallace | December 28, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Cant go wrong with Mr. Borah
Mr. Borah impressed me as he made contact both through an Avvo response and also called me first thing the next day. Brett took a very generous amount of time with me, even researching a few issues specific to me case. Ultimately Brett is outside on my area and couldn't be of assistance, however he looked up a few good references in my area and gave me their contact information. I don't know a lot, but I have worked with enough Lawyers of all specialties and I can say with certainty that Mr. Borah knows the WC industry statues and procedures extremely well.
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Posted by Karissa | August 4, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
Made it clear what I can do next.
Posted by Mel | July 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer in town!
When it comes to Worker's Comp. cases, Mr.Borah is simply the best - he has handled not one, but two of my Worker's Comp. cases. I've known him for last 10 years. He knows, what he's talking about - the other side of the lawyer, might as well give up. Mr.Borah will fight your case, like no other - and he'll negotiate a good settlement, as well. Even all the judges have more respect for him.I recommend him for Worker's Comp. cases to anyone, who's in need of one.
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Posted by Henry | June 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent attorney
I consulted with Mr. Borah about an injury that I had at work. He was very knowledgeable about what my rights were. He gave me some advice before I even hired him which I very much appreciated. When it came time to hire a lawyer I hired Mr. Borah to represent me. He fought very hard for my rights as an injured worker. He negotiated a good settlement in court for me. I would recommend him as a lawyer for workers compensation cases.
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Posted by Deborah Burton | May 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Firm and Helpful!
He was very firm and clear and helpful.
Posted by Diane | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Workers Comp Case
I have been a client of Brett's since 1994. I injured my back at the office in 1994 and have been in the Worker's Comp system since then. I can not say enough about how Brett represented me and fought for all my rights, in the complicated world of California Workers Comp. He was always available to answer my questions, fight to get my payments, my reimbursements and finally, my settlement, which I received this year. His positive attitude and cheerful disposition always put me at ease when dealing with the number of doctors, case managers, etc. If you need a lawyer who knows the system, and will fight for YOUR rights, please contact Brett. He has been a life-saver for me and I cannot thank him enough.
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Posted by Veronica Garcia | January 18, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
direct answer
He was very direct and answered all my questions over phone thank you Mr.Borah. If I ever need attorney I hope not but I would love to have you as my attorney
Posted by Nelli | September 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
workman's compensation case
I hired Mr. Borah to handle a workman's compensation case for me. I was injured on the job but my Employer felt unsympathetic to my suffering as a result of that injury. Mr. Borah, however, was successful in changing their minds -- so successful that they agreed to compensate me at a desirable money amount as well as covering my medical costs. Mr. Borah has extensive experience, education, and expertise in the workman's compensation field. He went above and beyond what I expected of an attorney. He is excellent and deserves to be rated higher than 5 stars.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
excellent workers compensation attorney
I have dealt with Mr Borah a number of times and have found him to be a true champion for the injured worker. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2012
Workman's Comp case
Mr. Borah was extremely helpful. This is the first attorney I've had, and he really helped me through the process. Whenever I had a question or concern, he patiently took me through the process. All in all, I was very satisfied and would have not been able to go through this alone.
Posted by Laurie | September 1, 2012
Fantastic
Brett Borah is an excellent lawyer, with many years of experience with Worker's Comp law. He is professional, conscientious, courteous, and focused. ALL questions were answered to my satisfaction! Mr. Borah's advised is always right-on! I appreciated his guidance and support through a difficult time.
Posted by indeliblefem | April 14, 2012
Speechless on the Advice Mr.Borah gave me
So i posted a ques on Avvo,And not only did Mr.Borah answer it,he went into detail on what the best thing to do,The advice he gave me was beyond what i expected to get from a lawyer especially online.And to top that off we exchanged a few posts back n forth on avvo.And than he went out of his way and did a phone consulatation with me.Although he wasn't able to represent me,he did refer to me a few lawyers that were closer to me.Lets just say he was amazing with just his words.And although he didn't represent me.I would refer Mr.Borah.
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Posted by Inna | June 23, 2011
Wonderful lawyer
Borah was absolutely excellent. He was the second lawyer I tried in a very difficult case against workers comp. My case had been going on for years, and the first lawyer just wanted to get rid of me because the case was so convoluted and workers comp had involved many of the past companies I worked for. However Borah actually took the time to listen to me, and understood what I was going through. It came down to him to do a lot of the work, like facilitating depositions from ALL of the companies and people involved. He worked long hours and actually worked with me every step of the way to make sure that I knew and understood what was happening at every turn. The hard work that he did really paid off because we ended up winning and I received a settlement for my injury. And even after the case was closed and the settlement was done, he still took the time to answer my questions about the results and what I could expect. Even though this says that I hired him more than 3 years ago, this case has been going on for many years and just ended. I highly recommend Borah to anyone who needs a lawyer who is determined, listens, works hard, and gets the job done.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 15%-34%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • University of California - Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • Teaching Certificates 4x
  • 1973
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • A.B.
  • 1972

Legal Cases

  • Veronica vs. S.I.B.T.F.
  • 100%
  • Hugh vs. S.I.B.T.F.
  • 100% permanent disability Award
  • John vs. Bosco Oil
  • 100% disability Award so John gets his TTD rate for life with COLA.
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Associations

  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Mentor to Chapter Presidents
  • 2016 - Present
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Member, Education Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Chair, Membership Committee
  • 2010 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Governor
  • 1997 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Sunnyvale Cupertino Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Social Security Reps, San Jose
  • Founding Chair
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Santa Clara County Workers' Compensation Attorneys Asssociation
  • Founding Chair
  • 2009 - 2012
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association, Santa Clara chapter
  • Founding Education Committee Chair
  • 2009 - 2012
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Chair, Management Committee
  • 2008 - 2010
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Chair, Membership Committee
  • 1999 - 2008
  • State Bar of California, Workers Compensation Section
  • Chair
  • 1995 - 1996
  • State Bar of California, Committee on Specialization
  • Chair
  • 1989 - 1992
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Chair, Communications Committee
  • 1989 - 1991
  • City of Saratoga, Public Safety Committee
  • Chair
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Workers' Comp. Section
  • Chair
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Sunnyvale Cupertino Bar Association
  • President
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Santa Clara County Grand Jury
  • Foreman
  • 1987 - 1988
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association, Santa Clara Chapter
  • Founding President
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce
  • President
  • 1985 - 1986
  • City of Sunnyvale, Parking Advisory Committee
  • Chair
  • 1981 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Co-recipient: Borah & Shaffer Lawyer of the Year
  • Law Office of Borah & Shaffer
  • 2022
  • Hall of Fame
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • 2022
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • AVVO
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Law Firm
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyers in Northern California
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • President's Award (LIfe-time Recognition)
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Law Firm
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers - Northern California
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers, Northern California
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer
  • Northern California Best Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2018
  • Best Law Firm
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • AVVO
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers, Northern California
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2017
  • Best Law Firm
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Best Law Firm
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern CaliforniaSuper Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • State Bar of California
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers, Northern California
  • 2016
  • Best Law Firm
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Best Law Firm
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2015
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in San Francisco
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • 2014
  • Best Law Firm
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Victor Beauzay Life-Time Recognition Award
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Top Attorney
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2013
  • Commendation
  • Santa Clara County Workers' Compensation Attorneys Association
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Northern California's Best Lawyers
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Northern California's Best Lawyers
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • 2011
  • Above and Beyond
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • 2011
  • Commendation
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association, Santa Clara Chapter
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • 5/5 pre-eminate
  • lawyers.com
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2004
  • A-V rating - Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • State Bar of California
  • 1997
  • Certlified Specialist in Workers' Compensation
  • State Bar of California
  • 1994
  • Arbitrator
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals Board
  • 1990
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 1990
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 1989
  • Certilficate of Commendation
  • City of Saratoga
  • 1989
  • Certificate of Appeciation
  • Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • 1988
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 1988
  • Certilficate of Commendation
  • County of Santa Clara
  • 1986
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Publications

  • 2019 Cal. Wrk. P.D. 61
  • Robertson vs. Bosco Oil
  • 2019
  • 83 Calif. Comp. Cases 1452
  • Sanchez vs. Starbucks Coffee Company
  • 2018
  • 79 Calif. Comp. Cases 100
  • Sharma vs. Lam Research
  • 2013
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Chapter on Temporary, Total, Disability Indemnity
  • 2000
  • Workers' Compensation Quarterly
  • Report from the Chair
  • 1996
  • Workers' Compensation Quarterly
  • Annual Report
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • CAAA Maui Conference
  • Settlement of the SIBTF Case
  • 2022
  • C.S.I.M.S. Convention
  • Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund for Doctors
  • 2021
  • C.A.A.A. Convention
  • 60 Tips in 60 Minutes
  • 2021
  • C.A.A.A. Maui Conference
  • Trial Seminar: Perfecting your Skills for Trial Mastery
  • 2019
  • C.A.A.A. Michael Rucka Memorial Rating Seminar
  • Establishing Permanent Total Disability Before the W.C.A.B.
  • 2018
  • C.A.A.A. Harbor Chapter (Long Beach)
  • S.I.B.T.F. for Dummies
  • 2017
  • C.A.A.A. Summer Convention
  • Enforcing the Defendant's Duty to Investigate - Regulation 10109
  • 2016
  • C.A.A.A. Santa Clara Chapter Seminar
  • S.I.B.T.F. for Dummies
  • 2016
  • C.A.A.A. San Francisco Chapter Seminar
  • S.I.B.T.F. for Dummies
  • 2016
  • ExamWorks
  • Report Writing for Psych QME/AME's
  • 2015
  • CWCDAA Winter Convention
  • Issues and Techniques in the Trial of Workers' Comp Cases
  • 2014
  • California Society of Industrial Medicine & Surgeons
  • Understanding U.R. & I.M.R.
  • 2014
  • Community Forum
  • What You Need to Know About Your Workers' Compensation Claim
  • 2010
  • American Dental Association
  • Workers' Comp. Law for California Dentists
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (101)
Given (46)
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and highly recommend Attorney Borah."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Anyone that goes by Mad Dog is going to fight for you."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer based on his thorough and knowledgeable responses on Avvo."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Borah is a knowledgable leader in our workers compensation community. Not only is he an excellent resource for fellow attorneys, he is a great lawyer for his clients. I highly recommend him for injured workers"
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Brett Borah for more than a decade and he is the consummate professional. He is extremely knowledgeable about the law and will fight hard to get his clients the benefits they deserve."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Borah is an excellent very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I see "Mad Dogs" answers frequently on AVVO and he freely gives of himself without regard to payment. His answers demonstrate insight and knowledge of the law. You cannot go wrong by asking for his assistance."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maddog is awesome!"
Arbitration Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, who provides so generously to the AVVO community and gives sound legal advice."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Brett is a highly skilled, diligent and knowledgeable attorney who is well-known in the legal community for his outstanding professionalism. He was able to obtain satisfactory results even for clients whose cases were incredibly difficult by dedicating his time and effort to achieve the best results. I certainly endorse this lawyer and have no doubt he will be of great help to anyone seeking legal advice or representation within his main areas of practice."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Borah has demonstrated a high degree of knowledge about the workers compensation system. I have no reservations recommending injured workers in his community consult with him for advice."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Borah are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Mr. Borah on a number of matters over the years. On those fortunate occasions, I have been involved in the third party case with Mr. Borah involved in the companion workers compensation case. His clients always speak highly of him both as a person and as a professional. He is creative, collaborative, and achieves the best possible results for his clients. I do not hesitate to endorse Mr. Borah. If you need an experienced attorney in the area of worker's compensation, this is your guy!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer: I've known (another) attorneys known as "Mad Dog," and Mr. Borah deserves the "also known as." He "gets" how the system works [/is rigged]. (Edit- And having looking at his other responses, I'd endorse him twice if possible.)"
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very smart and dedicated attorney."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consistently find myself in agreement with Attorney Borah's legal assessments on workers' compensation cases. While it's not unusual for attorneys to contribute to the online legal community, it is not so typical that attorneys offer thoughtful and sharp analytical advice. Attorney Borah consistently does.. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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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Cupertino Workers compensation Lawyer Brett A. Borah
Brett A. Borah
Workers compensation Attorney
Cupertino, CA
Licensed for 42 years
Free Consultation