James A. Caputo


“For many harmed stockholders and cheated employees and consumers, this firm provides access to legal remedies not otherwise available to them.”

Jim Caputo clerked for Justices of the California Court of Appeal and has successfully prosecuted and tried complex class and mass actions.  He has obtained nearly $1.5 billion for clients.

James A. Caputo has focused his practice on the prosecution of complex litigation involving securities fraud and corporate misfeasance, consumer actions, unfair business practices, contamination and toxic torts, and employment and labor law violations. He has successfully served as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous class and consumer action litigation matters, including, for example: In re S3 Sec. Litig., No. CV770003 (Cal. Super. Ct., Santa Clara Cty.); Santiago v. Kia Motors Am., No. 01CC01438 (Cal. Super. Ct., Orange Cty.); In re Fleming Cos., Inc. Sec. & Derivative Litig., No. 03-MD-1530 (TJW) (E.D. Tex.); In re Capstead Mortgage Corp. Sec. Litig., No. 98-CV-1716 (N.D. Tex.); In re Valence Technology Sec. Litig., No. C95-20459 (JW)(EAI) (N.D. Cal.); In re THQ, Inc. Sec. Litig., No. CV-00-01783-JFW (C.D. Cal.); and In re ICN Pharm. Corp. Sec. Litig., No. SACV-95-0128 (C.D. Cal.).

Mr. Caputo was formerly a partner at Spector Roseman & Kodroff. He was one of the trial counsel in the year-long trial of Newman v. Stringfellow, a toxic exposure case involving nearly 4,000 plaintiffs. That case ultimately settled for approximately $110 million. More recently, he was co-trial counsel in an employment law class action against Taco Bell, which settled for $14 million.

He clerked for Presiding Justice Daniel J. Kremer of the California Court of Appeal from 1985-1987 and to Associate Justice Don R. Work of the California Court of Appeal from 1984-1985. He has co-authored No Single Cause: Juvenile Delinquency and the Search for Effective Treatment (1985), and authored Comment, Equal Right of Access in Matters of Transboundary Pollution: Its Prospects in Industrial and Developing Countries, 14 Cal. West. Intl. L. J. 192 (1984). Mr. Caputo has also given numerous presentations to various legal and professional groups regarding complex and class action litigation.

He is admitted to practice in the State of California and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California, as well as numerous other jurisdictions.

Professional Affiliations

San Diego County Bar Association

American Bar Associations

Consumer Attorneys of California

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Honors & Awards

  • Top Lawyer in San Diego, San Diego Magazine, 2013-2015
  • Super Lawyer, 2008-2011


California Western School of Law, J.D., 1984, magna cum laude

  • Editor-in-Chief, International Law Journal

University of Iowa, M.A., 1975

University of Pittsburgh, B.S., 1970


  • California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
James A. Caputo


San Diego
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