Since launching the law firm of Powers & Santola in 1987 with John K. Powers, Santola has treated each of his cases with the individual attention they demand. His law firm has received the top ranking by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers
He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Buffalo. After earning his law degree from Albany School of Law, he taught as an assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Management in Troy, N.Y.
In 1976, Santola turned to the field of personal injury law, and accepted an associate position with one of the Capital Region’s top trial lawyers. Five years later, he became a partner in the firm of Bloomberg & Santola where he worked until he teamed with John Powers to start their practice.
Santola, who started his career as a university professor, has spent three decades teaching personal injury law for court attorneys and judges at professional association conferences and at law schools. His topics cover subjects such as construction accidents, medical malpractice, trial tactics, evidence, and products liability.
He has consistently been named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America”, by Best Lawyers and is listed by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the country. In 2012 he was named Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, by Best Lawyers. He has consistently been listed in Super Lawyer’s Top Attorneys in New York State since its inception.
As a leader in state and national associations, Santola has spent his career giving back to his profession. He is a past president of the Albany County Bar Association, The Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, the Capital Region Affiliate of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the Albany Affiliate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Santola also holds the rank of Dean of Continued Legal Education for the New York Academy of Trial Lawyers.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Lawyer of the Year||Best Lawyers||2012|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|New York State's Top Ten Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2008|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2007|
|Who's Who in America||Who's Who in America||2006|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2006|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2005|
|Who's Who in American Law||Who's Who In American Law||2005|
|Partner||Powers & Santola, LLP||1987 - Present|
|Partner||Bloomberg & Santola, Esqs.||1976 - Present|
|Associate||Martin Brickman, Esq.||1974 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Albany County Bar Association||Past||N/A|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Capital Region Affilitate||Past||N/A|
|Capital District Trial Lawyers Association||Past||N/A|
|New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers||Charter||N/A|
|Albany Law School||Master Trial Advocate||N/A|
|New York Law Journal||"Using SPECT Scans to Show Head Injuries,"||1998|
|Matthew Bender publication||"Construction Accidents"||1989|
|New York Law Journal||"Compensating the Catastrophically Injured,"||1989|
|Matthew Bender publication||"Medical Equipment"||1988|
|Unknown||"Construction Accidents, How to be a Winner,"||N/A|
|Albany Law School of Union University||JD - Juris Doctor||1974|
|State University of New York at Buffalo||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1971|