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Michael Bottar

Bottar Law, PLLC
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Michael Bottar
Bottar Law, PLLC
Syracuse,
 NY

Mr. Bottar brings nearly 20 years of experience to the pursuit of medical malpractice, wrongful death, construction accident, and other complex personal injury actions throughout New York and the northeastern United States, with a focus on claims for birth injuries, stroke, heart attack, surgical errors, cancer misdiagnosis, and liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

Mr. Bottar is a graduate of Colgate University and is a summa cum laude (top 2%) graduate of Syracuse University College of Law where he is an adjunct professor of law, authors the "Civil Practice" chapter of the Syracuse Law Review’s Survey on New York law, and served on the law school's Board of Advisors for over a decade.

Mr. Bottar has been selected by his colleagues for inclusion in the oldest peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession, The Best Lawyers In America®. For the areas of plaintiff's medical malpractice, product liability and personal injury, he is the youngest attorney in central New York listed in Best Lawyers®, and is the only attorney in Syracuse listed in all three fields. Mr. Bottar was honored by The Best Lawyers In America® as:

2022 Syracuse Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year,

2021 Syracuse Product Liability Lawyer of the Year,

2019 Syracuse Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year,

2019 Syracuse Product Liability Lawyer of the Year, and

2017 Syracuse Product Liability Lawyer of the Year.

Mr. Bottar is regional vice president of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, the largest state trial lawyer organization in the country. He is also one of the region's best known speakers and has, on behalf of various bar associations, provided continuing legal education on nearly 50 occasions to thousands of attorneys in Syracuse, Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, New York City and throughout Long Island. In addition, Mr. Bottar has been invited to speak by the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and was selected to serve as a faculty member for the New York State Bar Association Advanced Trial Academy.

Every year since 2013, Mr. Bottar has been recognized in Upstate New York Super Lawyers®, a publication with membership limited to the top 5% of lawyers in each state, and was selected for its "Top 50" lawyers list for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Since 2013, Mr. Bottar has been recognized annually by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the "Top 100" trial lawyers in New York State and, having personally recovered more than $125,000,000 for his clients, has earned life membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

In 2016, Mr. Bottar was recognized by the New York Daily Record as an Attorney of the Year for his "professional accomplishments, exceptional character, integrity, ethics, and commitment to clients and community." He also has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the organization's highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards, and holds the title of fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society with membership limited to less than one-half of one percent of lawyers.

Mr. Bottar is a past member and executive editor of the Syracuse Law Review, which published his note titled "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: Medicaid Liens, Supplemental Needs Trusts and Personal Injury Recoveries on Behalf of Infants In New York State Following the Gold Decision." Mr. Bottar’s article, which addressed the complexities of personal injury settlements, has been cited as an authority by the Practicing Law Institute (twice), American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts, the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association’s Real Property Trusts and Estates Law Journal. In addition to the Syracuse Law Review, he is a past member of the Syracuse University College of Law Moot Court Honor Society, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif, the Order of Barristers, and the Justinian Honorary Law Society.

Mr. Bottar began his legal career as a litigation associate with the New York City office of White & Case, LLP, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world (41 offices in 28 countries), with professional highlights including representing a French bank on trial for fraud, advising Fortune 500 companies on various liability matters, and conducting Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations in Buenos Aires, Brussels, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Immediately prior to joining Bottar Law, PLLC, Mr. Bottar was a litigation associate with Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, then the largest law firm in Syracuse, New York.

Mr. Bottar is also a founding donor in support of Syracuse University's newly-constructed law school, where the Lorraine and Anthony V. Bottar Lecture Hall is named in memory of his grandparents.

Mr. Bottar was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, and presently resides in Manlius with his wife, Tiffany, a physical therapist, and their children. He is an avid road cyclist so, when he is not at work or chasing his family and their french bulldog around the Adirondacks, he can be found on the shoulder of a road somewhere in Central New York.

Education

Colgate University (B.A., 2000)

Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2003)

Class rank: 4 of 247

Jurisdictions Admitted To Practice

New York, 2004

U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Leadership

Vice President (4th. Dept.), New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Past Member, Board of Advisors, Syracuse University College of Law (2012-2022)

Faculty / Legal Teaching Positions

Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University College of Law

Past Instructor, New York State Bar Association Advanced Trial Academy

Honors

Best Lawyers in America® Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year (Syracuse, 2022, 2019)

Best Lawyers in America® Plaintiffs Product Liability Lawyer of the Year (Syracuse, 2021, 2019, 2017)

The Best Lawyers in America®: Medical Malpractice (2015-present)

The Best Lawyers in America®: Personal Injury (2015-present)

The Best Lawyers in America®: Product Liability (2016-present)

Upstate New York Super Lawyers® (2013-present)

Top 50: Upstate New York Super Lawyers® (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2016)

The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (New York, Civil, 2013-present)

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society™

AV® Rated

2016 Attorney of the Year, The Daily Record

Fellow, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Fellow, Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Rockstar Award, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers

President's Award, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers

Order of the Coif

Order of Barristers

Justinian Honorary Law Society

Executive Editor, Syracuse Law Review

Syracuse University College of Law Moot Court Honor Society

Recent Results

$6,400,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,750,000.00 medical malpractice

$2,100,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,150,000.00 medical malpractice

$7,000,000.00 medical malpractice

$3,000,000.00 medical malpractice

$4,200,000.00 medical malpractice

$4,000,000.00 medical malpractice

$3,300,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,100,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,150,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,750,000.00 motor vehicle accident

$1,900,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,000,000.00 jobsite accident

$6,050,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,850,000.00 medical malpractice

$3,000,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,650,000.00 medical malpractice

$2,250,000.00 motor vehicle accident

$1,850,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,500,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,150,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,100,000.00 medical malpractice

$3,200,000.00 medical malpractice

$2,600,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,250,000.00 motorcycle accident

$3,800,000.00 medical malpractice

$2,200,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,500,000.00 medical malpractice

$4,000,000.00 medical malpractice

$3,000,000.00 product liability**

$1,585,000.00 medical malpractice

$2,100,000.00 medical malpractice

$4,500,000.00 medical malpractice

$1,700,000.00 jobsite accident

**multiple plaintiffs vs one biomedical defendant

Publications

Michael A. Bottar & Samantha C. Riggi, 2019-2020 Survey of New York Law: Civil Practice, Syracuse Law Review, 71 Syr.L.Rev. 31 (2021).

Michael A. Bottar & Samantha C. Riggi, 2018-2019 Survey of New York Law: Civil Practice, Syracuse Law Review, 70 Syr.L.Rev. 269 (2020).

Michael A. Bottar & Samantha C. Riggi, 2017-2018 Survey of New York Law: Civil Practice, Syracuse Law Review, 69 Syr.L.Rev.708 (2019).

Michael A. Bottar, 2016-2017 Survey of New York Law: Civil Practice, Syracuse Law Review, 68 Syr.L.Rev. 748 (2018).

Michael A. Bottar, 2015-2016 Survey of New York Law: Civil Practice, Syracuse Law Review, 67 Syr.L.Rev. 789 (2017).

Michael A. Bottar, 2014-2015 Survey of New York Law: Civil Practice, Syracuse Law Review, 66 Syr.L.Rev. 805 (2016).

Michael A. Bottar, 2013-2014 Survey of New York Law: Civil Practice, Syracuse Law Review, 65 Syr.L.Rev. 667 (2015).

Michael A. Bottar, 2012-2013 Survey of New York Law: Civil Practice, Syracuse Law Review, 64 Syr.L.Rev. 601 (2014).

Michael A. Bottar, 2011-2012 Survey of New York Law: Civil Practice, Syracuse Law Review, 63 Syr.L.Rev. 593 (2013).

Michael A. Bottar, 2010-2011 Survey of New York Law: Civil Practice, Syracuse Law Review, 62 Syr.L.Rev. 571 (2012).

Michael A. Bottar & Kim Wolf Price, 2009-2010 Survey of New York Law: Civil Practice, Syracuse Law Review, 61 Syr.L.Rev. 631 (2011).

Michael A. Bottar, "Robbing Peter To Pay Paul: Medicaid Liens, Supplemental Needs Trusts and Personal Injury Recoveries o­n Behalf of Infants In New York State Following the Gold Decision," 53 Syr.L.Rev. 175 (2003).

Professional Associations

Member, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Member, Onondaga County Bar Association

Member, New York State Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

Medical Malpractice Litigation: Cross Examination, NYS Bar Association CLE (Syracuse)

Social Media, What's New?, Fall Conference, Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, CLE (Geneva)

Hearsay, NYS Bar Association CLE (Syracuse)

Ethics of Social Media Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse)

Ethics of Social Media Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Rochester)

Ethics of Social Media Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany)

Ethics of Social Media Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (New York)

Ethics of Social Media Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Long Island)

Medical Malpractice Litigation, Discovery: NYS Bar Association CLE (Syracuse)

Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse)

Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Rochester)

Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Buffalo)

Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany)

Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (New York)

Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Long Island)

Federal Tort Claims Act: Fundamentals and Updates, Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association CLE (Albany)

Social Media In New York, Syracuse University College of Law CLE (Syracuse)

Federal Tort Claims Act II: Essential Elements for NY Practitioners, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse)

Federal Tort Claims Act II: Essential Elements for NY Practitioners, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany)

Federal Tort Claims Act II: Essential Elements for NY Practitioners, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Long Island)

Federal Tort Claims Act II: Essential Elements for NY Practitioners, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (New York)

Medical Malpractice Litigation: Technique, Strategy & Procedure, NYS Bar Association CLE (Syracuse)

Volunteering Is Best - Feel Better By Doing Good, NYS Bar Association CLE (New York)

Trial Practice: After the Verdict, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse)

Trial Practice: After the Verdict, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany)

Trial Practice: After the Verdict, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Rochester)

Trial Practice: After the Verdict, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (New York)

Trial Practice: After the Verdict, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Long Island)

Litigating In The Digital Age, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse)

Litigating In The Digital Age, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany)

Litigating In The Digital Age, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Rochester)

Litigating In The Digital Age, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Buffalo)

Networking Best Practices, NYS Bar Association CLE (Syracuse)

Proving Damages to the Jury, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Long Island)

Proving Damages to the Jury, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (New York)

Proving Damages to the Jury, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Rochester)

Proving Damages to the Jury, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Buffalo)

Proving Damages to the Jury, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse)

Proving Damages to the Jury, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany)

A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (New York)

A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Long Island)

A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Buffalo)

A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Rochester)

A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse)

A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany)

The "Nuts & Bolts" of a Trial: Essential Elements at the Core of Every Victory, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse)

Did You Know Your Genes Are Patented? Emerging Law and Ethics On Genetic Counseling and Testing: What It Can & Cannot Do, and Medical Malpractice Issues, Oneida County Bar and Ferre Institute, Inc., CLE (Utica)

Article 50A and 50B, BS&K In-House CLE (Syracuse)

Practice-Related Education

Tufts Medical University and Center for Human Genetics: Continuing Medical Education, 35th Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology and the Law (2019)

Tufts Medical University and Center for Human Genetics: Continuing Medical Education, 33rd Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology and the Law (2017)

Tufts Medical University and Center for Human Genetics: Continuing Medical Education, 30th Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology and the Law (2014)

Boston University School of Medicine: Continuing Medical Education, 28th Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology and the Law (2012)

Boston University School of Medicine: Continuing Medical Education, 26th Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology and the Law (2010)

In the Community

Member, Cavalry Club

Member, Onondaga Cycling Club

Past Member, Board of Directors, ARISE Foundation

Past Member, Board of Directors, Onondaga Historical Association

Past Member, Advisory Board, Arthritis Association of Central New York

Recent Testimonials

"Hi Mike! ...this is something I think about a lot but just haven't taken the time to share: When we moved down here we were able to buy our "temporary" house with cash. We would never have imagined how beneficial that would be for all that we were about to go through. I know you probably see the immediate and direct effect of what you do, but I wanted you to know that [we] do not take for granted how blessed we are because of all of your talent and hard work to reach a settlement for [us]. Not having a mortgage is a big deal to anyone, but it is a huge weight that is not on our shoulders because of the countless hours you invested in [our] case. I feel like we could thank you every day for the rest of our lives and it wouldn't feel like enough. Thank you, though, for doing what God gifted you to do and coming to the rescue of those "tiny humans!" (7/12/2018).

"Words cannot express our gratitude. You have brought justice and peace to ... us. You will always hold a special place in our hearts." (4/19/2021)

Michael A. Bottar In The News

Family of Inmate Who Died at Jail Sues Sheriff's Office, Other Agencies, Rochesterfirst.com (December 4, 2019)

CSX Transportation, Inc. Sanctioned For Acting With Intent To Deprive Amputee of Critical Evidence, United States District Court for the Western District of New York (September 21, 2017)

City of Syracuse Offers $2.25M To Bicyclist Hit By Off-Duty Police Car, The Post-Standard (May 31, 2017)

Michael A. Bottar Named Best Lawyers 2017 Product Liability Law "Lawyer of the Year" for Syracuse, NBC-2.com (August 17, 2016)

Michael A. Bottar Named 2016 Attorney of the Year, The Daily Record (September 20, 2016)

Injured Bicyclist Hit By Police Car Files Notice To Sue Syracuse, The Post-Standard (October 22, 2015)

Family of Professor Killed In Syracuse Crash Sues Restaurant, City Over Snow-Blocked Sidewalks, The Post-Standard (October 2, 2014)

Massena Woman Files $2 Million Wrongful-Death Suit Against VA Hospital, Watertown Daily Times (January 24, 2014)

St. Joseph's Hospital Faces Lawsuit In Auburn Man's Fall and Death, The Post-Standard (January 24, 2013)

Bottar Elected to SU College of Law Board of Advisors, Syracuse University News (December 6, 2012)

Fatal Bus Crash Spawns Lawsuits, The Post-Standard (November 2, 2012)

Woman Run Over By Front Loader Sues Potsdam, Watertown Daily Times, (November 19, 2011)

Surgeon Named In Malpractice Suit Fired By Lewis County General, Watertown Daily Times (August 27, 2011)

$1.3M Awarded In Auto Assault, The Post-Standard (January 23, 2009)

Practice Areas

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

BIRTH INJURIES

COMPLEX INJURIES

WORKPLACE INJURIES

ACCIDENTS, PERSONAL INJURY & WRONGFUL DEATH

PRODUCT LIABILITY

BRIDGE, ROADWAY & STRUCTURE FAILURES

PREMISES LIABILITY CASES

TOXIC TORTS

LITIGATION

GOVERNMENTAL NEGLIGENCE


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