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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, brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal injuries, surgical errors, misdiagnosis, biomedical product liability, and Federal Tort Claims Act lawsuits. 

Mr. Bottar is a graduate of Colgate University and is a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University College of Law (class rank 4 of 247) 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.

In recognition of his work in the areas of plaintiff's medical malpractice, product liability and personal injury - including the successful pursuit of claims involving cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, developmental delays, hyperbilirubinemia, scoliosis, hip dysplasia, meningitis, heart attack, stroke, traumatic brain injury, amputation, vision/hearing loss, incontinence and paralysis - Mr. Bottar was 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.

For his "professional accomplishments, exceptional character, integrity, ethics, and commitment to clients and community," Mr. Bottar was named a 2016 New York Daily Record "Attorney of the Year."  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 Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

As one of upstate New York's most accomplished attorneys under 40, he has also earned nationwide recognition in various "top lawyer" publications, including Upstate New York Super Lawyers® (Top 50), National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (Top 10), and the National Trial Lawyers (Top 100; Top 40 under 40).

Mr. Bottar sits on the Board of Directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and is a member of its judicial screening committee.  In connection with the Academy of Trial Lawyers and other bar associations, he is invited to lecture regularly throughout New York on medical malpractice, personal injury and trial-related topics.  As one of the region's best known speakers, Mr. Bottar 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.  He has also authored comprehensive course materials on topics including hearsay, damage proof, post-trial motions, social media discovery, and the Federal Tort Claims Act.  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 "Rockstar" Award in October of 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 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 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)
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
  • Board of Directors, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Member, Judicial Screening Committee
Faculty / Legal Teaching Positions
Honors
  • Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Syracuse, Product Liability (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)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society™ (2016-present)
  • AV® Rated (2014-present)
  • 2016 Attorney of the Year, The Daily Record
  • 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)
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation's Top 1% (2015-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
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
    • Event Chair, 2016 Celebrating Inclusion & Achieving Independence Dinner
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Onondaga Historical Association
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Contact Community Services
  • Past Member, Board of Advisors, CNY Arthritis Foundation
Recent Results

* multiple plaintiffs vs one biomedical defendant

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