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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.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 96%
    36 years
  2. Employment: 1%
    16 years
  3. Arbitration: 1%
    26 years
  4. Personal Injury: 1%
    26 years
  5. Social Security: 1%
    36 years



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

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  • Andrew E Benzinger

    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.)


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Contact info

Law Office of Borah & Shaffer

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


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Law FirmU.S. News & World Report2017
Best LawyerU.S. News & World Report2017
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2017
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2016
Best LawyerBest Lawyers, Northern California2016
Best Law FirmU.S. News and World Report2016
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2016
Best Law FirmU.S. News & World Report2015
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers2015
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
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2012
Northern California's Best LawyersSan Francisco Chronicle2012
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2012
CommendationCalifornia Applicants' Attorneys Association, Santa Clara Chapter2011
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2011
Above and BeyondCalifornia Applicants' Attorneys Association2011
Northern California's Best LawyersSan Francisco Chronicle2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News and World Report2011
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
ArbitratorWorkers' Compensation Appeals Board1990
A-V ratingMartindale-Hubbell1990
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
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationChair, Membership Committee2010 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember2007 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationGovernor1997 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember1985 - Present
Sunnyvale Cupertino Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationMember1980 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1980 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Social Security Reps, San JoseFounding Chair2013 - 2016
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
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationChair, Membership Committee1999 - 2008
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
Sunnyvale Cupertino Bar AssociationPresident1988 - 1989
City of Saratoga, Public Safety CommitteeChair1988 - 1990
California Applicants' Attorneys Association, Santa Clara ChapterFounding President1987 - 1988
Santa Clara County Grand JuryForeman1987 - 1988
Sunnyvale Chamber of CommercePresident1985 - 1986
City of Sunnyvale, Parking Advisory CommitteeChair1981 - 1984
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Yolanda vs. Urology AssociatesC&R for $17,500.00
Jackie vs. American AirlinesStipulated Award for 20%
Lori vs. Xxxx Xxxxx DDSC&R for $245,000.00
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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
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
C.A.A.A. Summer ConventionEnforcing the Defendant's Duty to Investigate - Regulation 101092016
C.A.A.A. Santa Clara Chapter SeminarS.I.B.T.F. for Dummies2016
C.A.A.A. San Francisco Chapter SeminarS.I.B.T.F. for Dummies2016
ExamWorksReport Writing for Psych QME/AME's2015
C.A.A.A. Summer ConventionPenalties & Sanctions on U.R. & 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