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Anthony S. Bottar

Managing Member
abottar@bottarleone.com
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120 Madison St., Suite 1600
Syracuse, New York 13202

 


Mr. Bottar is one of upstate New York's most experienced and accomplished trial lawyers.  As the founder and managing member of Bottar Leone, PLLC, he brings more than 40 years of experience to the pursuit of cases involving birth injuries, brain injuries, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, and severe musculoskeletal injuries due to complex accidents, workplace injury, malpractice, and defective products.

Mr. Bottar is a charter member and past-president of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (2010-2011).  He has extensive trial experience in New York State and Federal courts.  Mr. Bottar has been listed in The Best Lawyers In America® for more than fifteen years, and has been recognized twice as the Best Lawyers® Syracuse Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year (2014-15 and 2009). He has also attained an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics, and is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society.

Mr. Bottar has been listed in Upstate New York Super Lawyers® for  medical malpractice and personal injury since the inaugural edition in 2007.  He has been repeatedly recognized by The National Trial Lawyers and the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the "Top 100" trial lawyers in New York State, by Lawdragon as one of the top 3,000 attorneys in the United States, and has earned life memberships in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and the Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. 

In 2001, Mr. Bottar was appointed by the Appellate Division, Fourth Department to serve as a member of the Character and Fitness Committee for the New York State Supreme Court, Fifth Judicial District.  The Committee is responsible for screening and interviewing all Central New York applicants who are seeking admission to the Bar. 

Mr. Bottar regularly speaks or lectures at legal and non-legal functions, including ethics, torts and trial-related classes at Syracuse University College of Law, and at annual updates on behalf of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.  He is a past member of the Dean's Advisory Council at the University at Buffalo School of Law, and has been named a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation.


Mr. Bottar has a long record of public service and is deeply invested in New York State's education system.  He served as a Trustee of the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education from 1988 through 1989, and as the President of the Board from 1989 through 1996.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the Onondaga Madison School Boards Association from 1994 through 1996. 

In 1996, 2001, 2006 and again in 2011, the New York State Legislature elected Mr. Bottar to serve as a Regent of the University of the State of New York, the most comprehensive and unified education system in the nation. 
Over his tenure as a Regent, Mr. Bottar was Chair of the College and Career Preparation Work Group, Chair of the P-12 Education Committee, and was a member of the Higher Education and Professional Practice Committees.  He was also Vice Chancellor of the Board from 2012-2016.  In 2016, after 20 years and more than 10,000 hours of pro bono service to the State of New York, Mr. Bottar retired from the Board.

Mr. Bottar resides in Manlius, New York, with his wife, Nancy, a registered nurse.
Education
  • University of Rochester (B.A., 1972)
  • State University of New York at Buffalo (J.D., 1976)
Jurisdictions Admitted To Practice
  • New York, 1977
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Supreme Court
Leadership
  • Character and Fitness Committee, New York State Supreme Court, Fifth Judicial District (2001-present)
  • President, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (2010-2011)
Honors
  • Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Syracuse, Personal Injury (2014-15)
  • Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Syracuse, Personal Injury (2009)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2001-present)
  • AV® Rated (1983-present)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers® (2007-present)
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (2011-present)
  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 (2013-present)
  • Lawdragon® "3000" National Finalist
  • Fellow, Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • Fellow, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
Publications
  • Author, Coastal Processes and Change: Legal Implications, 1 Sea Grant Law Journal 139 (1976).
In the Community
  • Vice Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents (2012-2016)
  • Member, New York State Board of Regents (1996-2016)
Speaking Engagements
  • Judge Alphabet Soup, A Recipe for Success, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2015)
  • Annual Legal Update - Precedents & Statutes for Personal Injury Litigators: Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2015)
  • Annual Legal Update - Precedents & Statutes for Personal Injury Litigators: Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2014)
  • Annual Legal Update - Precedents & Statutes for Personal Injury Litigators: Discovery, NYS State Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2013)
  • Annual Legal Update - Precedents & Statutes for Personal Injury Litigators: Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2012)
  • Annual Legal Update - Precedents & Statutes for Personal Injury Litigators: Discovery, NYS State Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2011)
  • Annual Legal Update - Precedents & Statutes for Personal Injury Litigators: Evidence, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2010)
  • Annual Legal Update - Precedents & Statutes for Personal Injury Litigators: Products Liability, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2009)
  • Annual Legal Update - Precedents & Statutes for Personal Injury Litigators: Products Liability, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2006)
  • Personal Injury: Nuts, Bolts and the Tools To Use Them, New Jersey Association for Justice, Boardwalk Seminar CLE (Atlantic City 2010)
  • ABCs of EBTs, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE
  • Experts: From Retention to Trial, NYS State Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE
  • Prosecuting and Defending Medical Malpractice Claims, NYS State Bar Association CLE
  • Medicine in the Courtroom, New York State Bar Association CLE
  • Automobile Insurance Law and Practice, New York State Bar Association CLE
  • Practical Skills: Basic Civil Practice - The Trial, New York State Bar Association CLE
  • Keeping Pace: A Guide for the Up-To-Date Litigator, New York State Bar Association CLE
  • How To Try An Auto Accident Case, New York State Bar Association CLE
  • Product Liability - Post Daubert, New York State Bar Association CLE
  • Proving and Defending Damages, New York State Bar Association CLE
  • Decisions, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute CLE
  • Legislation and Litigation: The Importance of Ergonomics in Every Workplace,Onondaga County Bar Association CLE
Professional Associations
  • Charter Member, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
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