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Michael A. Bottar

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120 Madison St., Suite 1600
Syracuse, New York 13202

lawyer of the year 2019 lawyer of the year 2019


Mr. Bottar brings nearly 15 years of experience to the pursuit of medical malpractice, wrongful death, and complex personal injury actions throughout New York and the northeastern United States, with a focus on claims for birth injuries, neonatal/pediatric negligence, heart attack, stroke, brain damage, nerve injuries, 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 serves on the law school's Board of Advisors.

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 Syracuse's 2019 Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, and its 2019 Product Liability Lawyer of the Year.  Previously, Mr. Bottar was recognized by Best Lawyers® as Syracuse's 2017 Product Liability Lawyer of the Year

Mr. Bottar is regional vice president of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and is a member of its judicial screening committee. He is also one of the region's best known legal speakers and has, on behalf of various bar associations, provided continuing education on more than 40 occasions to 1,000+ 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 in 2016 and 2018. He was named a 2016 New York Daily Record Attorney of the Year for his "professional accomplishments, exceptional character, integrity, ethics, and commitment to clients and community." He 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.

While only 40 years old, Mr. Bottar has recovered more than $65,000,000 for his clients, including dozens of extraordinary recoveries over the past five years, e.g., $6,500,000, 4,500,000, $4,000,000, $3,800,000, $3,200,000, $3,000,000, $3,000,000, $2,600,000, $2,250,000, $2,200,000, $2,100,000, $1,850,000, $1,850,000, $1,650,000, $1,585,000, $1,500,000, $1,500,000, $1,325,000, $1,250,000, and $1,100,000. As a result, he has earned life membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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.  He was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, and presently resides in Manlius with his wife, Tiffany, a physical therapist, and their children.

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
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (pro hac vice)
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire (pro hac vice)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (pro hac vice)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (pro hac vice)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (pro hac vice)
Leadership
  • Board of Advisors, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Vice President (4th. Dept.), New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
Faculty / Legal Teaching Positions
Honors
  • Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Syracuse Medical Malpractice Law (2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Syracuse Plaintiffs Product Liability (2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Syracuse Plaintiffs Product Liability (2017)
  • 2016 Attorney of the Year, The Daily Record
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Medical Malpractice (2015-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Product Liability (2016-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Personal Injury (2015-present)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society™
  • AV® Rated
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers® (2013-present)
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers® Top 50 (2018)
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers® Top 50 (2016)
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (2013-present)
  • 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
Publications
  • Michael A. Bottar, 2016-2017 Survey of New York Law: Civil Practice, Syracuse Law Review, 68 Syr.L.Rev. --- (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).
Speaking Engagements
  • Social Media, What's New?, Fall Conference, Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, CLE (Geneva 2018)
  • Hearsay, NYS Bar Association CLE (Syracuse 2017)
  • Ethics of Social Media Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2016)
  • Ethics of Social Media Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Rochester 2016)
  • Ethics of Social Media Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany 2016)
  • Ethics of Social Media Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (New York 2016)
  • Ethics of Social Media Discovery, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Long Island 2016)
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation, NYS Bar Association CLE (Syracuse 2016)
  • Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2015)
  • Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Rochester 2015)
  • Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Buffalo 2015)
  • Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany 2015)
  • Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (New York 2015)
  • Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Long Island 2015)
  • Federal Tort Claims Act: Fundamentals and Updates, Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association CLE (Albany 2015)
  • Social Media In New York, Syracuse University College of Law CLE (Syracuse 2014)
  • Federal Tort Claims Act II: Essential Elements for NY Practitioners, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2014)
  • Federal Tort Claims Act II: Essential Elements for NY Practitioners, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany 2014)
  • Federal Tort Claims Act II: Essential Elements for NY Practitioners, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Long Island 2014)
  • Federal Tort Claims Act II: Essential Elements for NY Practitioners, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (New York 2014)
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation: Technique, Strategy & Procedure, NYS Bar Association CLE (Syracuse 2014)
  • Volunteering Is Best - Feel Better By Doing Good, NYS Bar Association CLE (New York 2014)
  • Trial Practice: After the Verdict, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2013)
  • Trial Practice: After the Verdict, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany 2013)
  • Trial Practice: After the Verdict, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Rochester 2013)
  • Trial Practice: After the Verdict, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (New York 2013)
  • Trial Practice: After the Verdict, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Long Island 2013)
  • Litigating In The Digital Age, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2013)
  • Litigating In The Digital Age, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany 2013)
  • Litigating In The Digital Age, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Rochester 2013)
  • Litigating In The Digital Age, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Buffalo 2013)
  • Networking Best Practices, NYS Bar Association CLE (Syracuse 2012)
  • Proving Damages to the Jury, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Long Island 2012)
  • Proving Damages to the Jury, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (New York 2012)
  • Proving Damages to the Jury, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Rochester 2012)
  • Proving Damages to the Jury, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Buffalo 2012)
  • Proving Damages to the Jury, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2012)
  • Proving Damages to the Jury, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany 2012)
  • A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (New York 2012)
  • A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Long Island 2012)
  • A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Buffalo 2012)
  • A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Rochester 2012)
  • A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2012)
  • A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Albany 2012)
  • The "Nuts & Bolts" of a Trial: Essential Elements at the Core of Every Victory, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE (Syracuse 2012)
  • 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, 2011)
Professional Associations
  • Member, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member, Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
Practice-Related Education
  • Center for Human Genetics & Tufts Medical University: Continuing Medical Education, 33rd Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology and the Law (2017)
  • Center for Human Genetics & Tufts Medical University: Continuing Medical Education, 17th Annual Conference on Medical Negligence and Risk Management (2017)
  • Center for Human Genetics & Tufts Medical University: 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, Century 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 Results

*including annuity payments
**multiple plaintiffs vs one biomedical defendant

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).
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