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Thomas J Butts

Thomas J Butts

Managing Partner
San Jose, California

Thomas J. Butts has been practicing workers compensation law in San Jose since 1980. He is a Certified Specialist: Workers Compensation Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Past President of the Santa Clara County Chapter of the California Applicants’ Attorney Association (CAAA), an association of attorneys who represent injured workers in California. He is also a member of WILG (Workplace Injury Litigation Group), a national association of attorneys who represent injured workers, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He represents injured workers primarily before the San Jose Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and before the Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration.

Outside of the office, Tom is an avid triathlete having completed two Ironman distance races, as well as, finishing over 30 triathlons of various distances in the last five years.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1990

Areas of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Worker's Compensation Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1979


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D. - 1978
  • San Jose State University, San Jose, California
    • B.A. - 1975

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Santa Clara County, Chapter of the California Applicants' Attorney Association (CAAA), Past President
  • Workplace Injury Litigation Group (WILG), Member
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Member

Office Location

Butts & Johnson
675 N 1st Street, Suite 975
San Jose, CA 95112-5160
Phone: 408-673-9158
Fax: 408-293-3478
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The specific purpose of this association is to improve the advocacy, promote the skill, and preserve the high standards of ethics of attorneys representing injured workers, and by extension to assist injured workers in obtaining full and just benefits under the workers compensation laws of the State of California.

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