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Michael A. Bottar

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

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Mr. Bottar's trial practice is limited 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, traumatic brain injury, nerve injuries, cancer misdiagnosis, and Federal Tort Claims Act lawsuits.

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 is regional vice president of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and is a member of its judicial screening committee.  In recognition of his work in the areas of plaintiff's medical malpractice, product liability and personal injury, 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 these areas of practice, 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. He also received the Best Lawyers ® 2017 Product Liability Lawyer of the Year award for Syracuse.

Mr. Bottar 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.  He 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. He is listed in Upstate New York Super Lawyers®, a publication with membership limited to the top 5% of lawyers in each state, and is a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Mr. Bottar is one of the region's best known speakers.  He has provided legal instruction on more than 40 occasions to 1,000+ attorneys in Syracuse, Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, New York City and throughout Long Island.  Mr. Bottar has been invited to lecture for the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and was selected as a faculty member for the New York State Bar Association Advanced Trial Academy.  In recognition of his commitment to providing high-quality continuing legal education to the bar, he received the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers "President's Award" in 2012, and the Academy's "Rockstar Award" in 2015.

Mr. Bottar is a proud member of the board of directors of the ARISE Foundation, the fundraising branch of ARISE -- a non-profit community organization committed to enriching the lives of people with disabilities in Central New York. He 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 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 (1,800 attorneys in 25 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 Leone, PLLC, Mr. Bottar was a litigation associate with Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, the largest law firm in Syracuse, New York.

Mr. Bottar was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. He 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, Product Liability (2017)
  • 2016 Attorney of the Year, The Daily Record
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Product Liability (2016-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury (2015-present)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society™ (2016-present)
  • AV® Rated (2014-present)
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers® (2013-present)
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers® "Top 50" (2016)
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Top 10 Under 40 (2014-present)
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (2013-present)
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 (2013-present)
  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Under 40 (2014-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
  • 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
  • Board of Directors, ARISE Foundation
    • Chair, 2016 Celebrating Inclusion & Achieving Independence Dinner
  • Member, Century Club
Recent Results

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

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