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Michael A. Bottar

Medical malpractice Attorney at Syracuse, NY

4.5   8 reviews

Licensed for 18 years

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NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED NY LAW FIRM DEDICATED TO THE PROSECUTION & TRIAL OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE & PI.

Bottar Law, PLLC, is a nationally recognized upstate New York law firm that has, since 1983, secured record results for thousands of injured patients, workers, motorists, consumers, and their families.

As a member of central New York's largest plaintiffs-only personal injury law firm, which has earned annual recognition in U.S. News & World Report, and has been featured in Newsweek and TIME, my practice is dedicated to the pursuit medical malpractice, wrongful death, product liability, and complex personal injury actions with a focus on claims involving birth injuries, brain and nerve injuries, surgical errors, biomedical product liability, and governmental negligence.

Over 15 years in private practice, I have received a number of legal honors, including annual recognition in The Best Lawyers In America® (plaintiff's medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability), an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and listing in Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Top 50 for 2016).  I was named 2017 Best Lawyers Product Liability Law Lawyer of the Year, and have been repeatedly named to the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys "Top 10," and the National Trial Lawyers "Top 100" and "Top 40 Under 40."  I am a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and am a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

In addition to my legal practice, I am an adjunct professor at Syracuse University College of Law and author of the "Civil Practice" chapter of the Syracuse Law Review Survey of New York Law. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, and lecture regularly throughout the State of New York on medical malpractice, injury and trial-related topics.

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Michael A. Bottar, Lawyer of the Year
Bottar Law, PLLC
Anthony S. Bottar (past president) and Michael A. Bottar (vice president), New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
Licensed for 18 years
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/17/2022

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Bottar Law
AXA Tower II, Suite 1600
120 Madison Street
Syracuse, NY, 13202
Bottar Law, PLLC
Adirondack Bank Building
185 Genesee Street
Utica, NY, 13501
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120 Washington Street
Watertown, NY, 13601
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90 State Street
Suite 700
Albany, NY, 12207
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Posted by Kevin | March 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike and his team are the best of the best!
Mike is super knowledgeable and is always on top of the case! One thing that was great for me was that Mike and his team was truly sincere and I could tell that I wasn't just another client he truly cared and fought for me! I couldn't be happier with the outcome. Mike and his team are without a doubt the best!
Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Knowledgeable, Strategic, and Compassionate
Michael Bottar is an exceptional attorney who is well respected by his opponents and admired by his clients. I hired Michael after a medical error turned my life upside down. As an attorney myself, I had high expectations but Michael exceeded them at every turn. He was on top of everything while the case was pending, kept it moving at an unprecedented pace and ultimately obtained a very favorable settlement. A seasoned advocate, Michael was thorough and very well prepared at every meeting and hearing. He strategically planned and thoughtfully executed every move and always seemed at least one step ahead of the defense. On top of his many legal skills and attributes, he was also a pleasure to work with. He was approachable, attentive, responsive, and courteous during every interaction. I was always encouraged to ask questions and never felt rushed or pressured to do anything I didn't agree with or understand. He kept me in the loop with updates about what was going on and was quick to respond to emails and phone calls. It was clear that he genuinely cares about his clients and is very passionate about the work he does. He worked tirelessly to achieve an outstanding outcome in my case and I have no doubt he does the same for all of his clients. I don't hesitate to recommend him to family and friends and have heard nothing but good things from them as well. Michael Bottar is a shining star in the legal community and his clients are lucky to have him. I know I was.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case settled recently, 2019
Some years ago, my husband and I approached attorney Michael Bottar, of Bottar and Leone, PLLC about taking on our medical malpractice case. We were distraught parents who had recently lost a child. Mike and his team agreed to help us during this fragile time. It took a while for the case to progress because Mike was methodically picking apart all the evidence of the defendants’ mistakes and noncompliance. The case was recently settled out of court to our satisfaction. We were grateful to preserve our privacy, but more so, grateful to Mike and his team for conducting an exhaustive, thorough investigation into the circumstances of our child’s death. Our greatest hope was to help deter future negligence, so other families would not go through what we did. We feel victorious with this end.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2013
Review Michael A. Bottar
Not only is Michael very knowledgeable, he genuinely cared about our family. He made a difficult process go smoothly and we had the utmost confidence in him. We trust him completely.
Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2013
Professional and compassionate attorney
I was a healthy 44 year old man until one day when life changed for ever for my family and I. I was consistent in having physicals and had signs that something was wrong. The lack of diagnosis caused injury that made it so I will never be the same now. When this all started, we decided to call only one lawyer. From the moment we called Bottar and Leone, we were welcomed with respect and integrity. We didn't know where to turn and Michael Bottar was confident and sincere. He never misled us and stated from the beginning that he would be right there with us along the way. He is very knowledgable and kind. He kept us informed by keeping us up to date via emails. He showed compassion for my wife, and professionalism in all aspects. Hopefully we will never need his services again, but if we need a competent lawyer, we will call Mike. Thank you, Mike, for all you did for us.
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Posted by Jaime P. | November 3, 2011
Best attorney I've had the pleasure of knowing
Michael took my case when no one else would. It was a complex case against the U.S. Government that probably would not yield a huge amount of money. He and his staff were very kind when I was ill and always assured me that they were on my side. I was kept up to date through the lengthy four year battle which erred in my favor. Sometimes the principle means more than the financial gain. Even after my settlement his office continues to assist me in battling unjust liens. I was always treated with respect and courtesy and made to feel that I mattered. I highly recommend Michael and his firm for any personal injury matter.
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Posted by Enid | April 29, 2011
An appreciative client
In 2007 I had a hip replacement. The following year I needed to have a revision it was called, as the unit failed.Friends suggested I seek compensation for this. An out of state lawyer recommended this firm and Michael was my lawyer. He was very professional, worked for my best interest, responded to me when I would contact him and explained things to me so I had a good understanding of what was going on. I was very satisfied with the settlement Michael obtained for me. This was a medical malpractice suit. It wasn't in your list as a choice.
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Posted by Mike | April 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible service
My family was misrepresented by this firm. I would not recommend waisting your time with this firm. I'm not sure who they consult with about medical issues but they are wrong. Communication by this firm is also terrible. I advise if you have a medical issue do not let this firm hold your case hostage for half a decade.
Response from Michael Bottar May 3, 2019
To prosecute a medical malpractice lawsuit in the State of New York, an expert must support the claim. Since 1983, we have worked with extraordinary experts to secure exceptional results in some of the region's most complicated cases. I understand that it can be hard to accept our decision not to commence or proceed with claim. However, we will not pursue claims that lack the support required by law. While I have no record of representing you, personally, if you were a firm client, please feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns. We would be happy to speak with you.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 10%-33%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Owner
  • Bottar Law
  • 2007 - Present
  • Associate
  • Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Associate
  • White & Case LLP
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • White & Case LLP
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Law Clerk
  • Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC
  • 2001 - 2001
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Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • J.D., summa cum laude (rank 4/247)
  • 2003
  • Colgate University
  • B.A.
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury
  • $2,600,000.00
  • Failure to Diagose Scoliosis
  • $1,500,000.00
  • Failure to Diagnose Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • $2,200,000.00
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Associations

  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Regional Vice President
  • 2017 - Present
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Judicial Screening Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Central New York Women's Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer, Product Liability
  • The Best Lawyers In America
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer, Personal Injury
  • The Best Lawyers In America
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer, Medical Malpractice
  • The Best Lawyers In America
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Under 40 (New York)
  • National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • New York Super Lawyer (Upstate)
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40 (New York)
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top 100 (New York)
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer, Personal Injury
  • The Best Lawyers In America
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer, Medical Malpractice
  • The Best Lawyers In America
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40 (New York)
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40 (New York)
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40 (New York)
  • National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 100 (New York)
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • New York Super Lawyer (Upstate)
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 (New York)
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40 (New York)
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • President's Award
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Invited member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2012
  • Invited Member
  • The Order of the Barristers, Syracuse Chapter
  • 2003
  • Robert M. Anderson Scholarly Publication Award
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • 2003
  • Robert W. Miller Trial Advoacy Award
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • 2003
  • Moot Court Team Award
  • Syracuse University College of Law Moot Court Honor Society
  • 2003
  • Invited Member
  • Order of the Coif, Syracuse University Chapter
  • 2003
  • Invited member
  • Justinian Society, Syracuse University Chapter
  • 2003
  • Best Oral Advocate
  • 31st Annual MacKenzie Hughes Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • 2002
  • First Place
  • 31st Annual MacKenzie Hughes Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • 2002
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Publications

  • Syracuse Law Review [ 65 Syr. L. Rev. 667 ]
  • Michael A. Bottar, Civil Practice, Survery of New York Law
  • 2015
  • Syracuse Law Review [ 64 Syr. L. Rev. 601 ]
  • Michael A. Bottar, Civil Practice, Survery of New York Law
  • 2014
  • Syracuse Law Review [63 Syr. L. Rev. 593]
  • Michael A. Bottar, Civil Practice, Survery of New York Law
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association (CLE Faculty, Syracuse, NY)
  • Medical Malpractice: Technique, Strategy & Procedure
  • 2014
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Syracuse, NY)
  • Trial Practice: After The Verdict
  • 2013
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Albany, NY)
  • Trial Practice: After The Verdict
  • 2013
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Rochester, NY)
  • Trial Practice: After The Verdict
  • 2013
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, New York, NY)
  • Trial Practice: After The Verdict
  • 2013
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Hauppague, NY)
  • Trial Practice: After The Verdict
  • 2013
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Faculty, Syracuse, NY)
  • Making Social Media Your "Friend": Litigating In The Digital Age
  • 2013
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Faculty, Albany, NY)
  • Making Social Media Your "Friend": Litigating In The Digital Age
  • 2013
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Faculty, Rochester, NY)
  • Making Social Media Your "Friend": Litigating In The Digital Age
  • 2013
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Faculty, Buffalo, NY)
  • Making Social Media Your "Friend": Litigating In The Digital Age
  • 2013
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Buffalo, NY)
  • A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act
  • 2012
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Rochester, NY)
  • A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act
  • 2012
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, New York, NY)
  • A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act
  • 2012
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Plainville, NY)
  • A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act
  • 2012
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Albany, NY)
  • Proving Damages To The Jury
  • 2012
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Syracuse, NY)
  • Proving Damages To The Jury
  • 2012
  • Alumni Showcase
  • Practice of Law
  • 2012
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Buffalo, NY)
  • Proving Damages To The Jury
  • 2012
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, New York, NY)
  • Proving Damages To The Jury
  • 2012
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Plainview, NY)
  • Proving Damages To The Jury
  • 2012
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Albany, NY)
  • A Primer On The Federal Tort Claims Act
  • 2012
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Syracuse, NY)
  • A Primer On The Federal Tort Claims Act
  • 2012
  • Alumni Showcase
  • Practice of Law
  • 2011
  • The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc., Oneida County Bar Association and Ferre Institute, Inc.
  • 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
  • 2011
  • Alumni Showcase
  • Practice of Law
  • 2010
  • Alumni Showcase
  • Practice of Law
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (8)
Endorse Michael
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am a criminal defense and federal forfeiture lawyer. When a potential client contacts me with a medical malpractice, birth injury or serious personal injury matter, I make one referral, and one referral only… to Bottar Leone. Mike is a consummate professional with the experience and intelligence to litigate the most complicated medical malpractice issues. I have referred many serious cases to Mike, and, without exception, the clients are thrilled with Mike's representation. I wholeheartedly recommend Mike Bottar and his law firm if you have a medical malpractice or serious personal injury case."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am very pleased to endorse Michael Bottar. Michael is an excellent lawyer. He cares deeply about those he represents and he is always ready to fight for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Bottar is a friendly, shrewd and hard-working lawyer. He is worthy of your confidence."
Medical malpractice Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Michael for some time now and can readily endorse him as a superb lawyer in his fields of practice. He has a keen legal mind and excellent work ethic. I would certainly want him on my side in any case."
Federal crime
Medical malpractice
Personal injury
Criminal defense
Medical malpractice

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Syracuse Medical malpractice Lawyer Michael A. Bottar
Michael A. Bottar
Medical malpractice Attorney
Syracuse, NY
Licensed for 18 years
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