Skip to main content

About me

Bottar Leone, 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 more than a decade 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), Martindale-Hubbell (AV® Preeminent™), and New York Super Lawyers (Upstate), as well as repeated selection for the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys "Top 10," the National Trial Lawyers "Top 100" and "Top 40 Under 40," and The American Society of Legal Advocates "Top 40 Under 40."

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.

More 

Photos and videos

1000173 1464031761

1000173 1453919586

1000173 1441056158

1000173 1441055875

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
    10 years
  2. Birth Injury: 20%
    10 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    10 years
  4. Defective Products: 10%
    10 years
  5. Personal Injury: 10%
    10 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (10-33%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • H Dana VanHee

    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.

    More 

    H VanHee Federal crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

    More 

    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Bottar Leone, PLLC

Adirondack Bank Building
185 Genesee Street
Utica, NY, 13501

Bottar Leone, PLLC

120 Washington Street
Watertown, NY, 13601

Bottar Leone, PLLC

90 State Street
Suite 700
Albany, NY, 12207

Bottar Leone, PLLC

1250 Front Street
#300
Binghamton, NY, 13905

More 

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 200407/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer, Medical MalpracticeThe Best Lawyers In America2016
Best Lawyer, Product LiabilityThe Best Lawyers In America2016
Best Lawyer, Personal InjuryThe Best Lawyers In America2016
Top 100 (New York)The National Trial Lawyers2015
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell Peer Review2015
Top 10 Under 40 (New York)National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
New York Super Lawyer (Upstate)Thomson Reuters2015
Top 40 Under 40 (New York)American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Best Lawyer, Medical MalpracticeThe Best Lawyers In America2015
Best Lawyer, Personal InjuryThe Best Lawyers In America2015
Top 10 Under 40 (New York)National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Top 100 (New York)The National Trial Lawyers2014
New York Super Lawyer (Upstate)Thomson Reuters2014
Top 40 Under 40 (New York)The National Trial Lawyers2014
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell Peer Review2014
Top 40 Under 40 (New York)American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 100 (New York)The National Trial Lawyers2013
New York Super Lawyer (Upstate)Thomson Reuters2013
Top 40 Under 40 (New York)The National Trial Lawyers2013
Invited memberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2012
President's AwardNew York State Academy of Trial Lawyers2012
Robert M. Anderson Scholarly Publication AwardSyracuse University College of Law2003
Robert W. Miller Trial Advoacy AwardSyracuse University College of Law2003
Invited MemberThe Order of the Barristers, Syracuse Chapter2003
Invited MemberOrder of the Coif, Syracuse University Chapter2003
Invited memberJustinian Society, Syracuse University Chapter2003
Moot Court Team AwardSyracuse University College of Law Moot Court Honor Society2003
Best Oral Advocate31st Annual MacKenzie Hughes Appellate Advocacy Competition2002
First Place31st Annual MacKenzie Hughes Appellate Advocacy Competition2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorSyracuse University College of Law2010 - Present
Partner/OwnerBottar Leone PLLC2007 - Present
AssociateBond Schoeneck & King PLLC2006 - 2007
AssociateWhite & Case LLP2003 - 2006
Law ClerkWhite & Case LLP2002 - 2002
Law ClerkBond Schoeneck & King PLLC2001 - 2001
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersJudicial Screening Committee2012 - Present
Central New York Women's Bar AssociationJudicial Screening Committee2012 - Present
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersUpstate Chair, YLC2011 - Present
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersBoard of Directors2010 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2006 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
Onondaga County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Syracuse University Law Alumni AssociationBoard of Directors2006 - Present
Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersMember2006 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Central New York Women's Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2012 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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
See all legal cases 
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Syracuse Law Review [ 65 Syr. L. Rev. 667 ]Michael A. Bottar, Civil Practice, Survery of New York Law2015
Syracuse Law Review [ 64 Syr. L. Rev. 601 ]Michael A. Bottar, Civil Practice, Survery of New York Law2014
Syracuse Law Review [63 Syr. L. Rev. 593]Michael A. Bottar, Civil Practice, Survery of New York Law2013
Bottar Leone, PLLCMichael A. Bottar, A Desktop Guide To Federal Tort Claims Within The United States Court of Appeals For The Second Circuit2012
Syracuse Law Review [62 Syr. L. Rev. 571]Michael A. Bottar, Civil Practice, Survey of New York Law2012
Bottar Leone, PLLCMichael A. Bottar, Survey of Economic Damage Proof In New York Personal Injury Cases2012
Syracuse Law Review [61 Syr. L. Rev. 631]Michael A. Bottar and Kimberly Wolf Price, Civil Practice, Survey of New York Law2011
Syracuse Law Review [53 Syr. L. Rev. 175]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 Decision2003
New York Birth Injury Lawyer BlogArticles on New York Birth InjuryN/A
Syracuse Medical Malpractice Lawyer BlogArticles on Medical MalpracticeN/A
Syracuse Injury Lawyer BlogArticles on Personal InjuryN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Colgate UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New York State Bar Association (CLE Faculty, Syracuse, NY)Medical Malpractice: Technique, Strategy & Procedure2014
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Faculty, Syracuse, NY)Making Social Media Your "Friend": Litigating In The Digital Age2013
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Faculty, Rochester, NY)Making Social Media Your "Friend": Litigating In The Digital Age2013
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Faculty, Buffalo, NY)Making Social Media Your "Friend": Litigating In The Digital Age2013
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Faculty, Albany, NY)Making Social Media Your "Friend": Litigating In The Digital Age2013
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Syracuse, NY)Trial Practice: After The Verdict2013
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Rochester, NY)Trial Practice: After The Verdict2013
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, New York, NY)Trial Practice: After The Verdict2013
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Hauppague, NY)Trial Practice: After The Verdict2013
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Albany, NY)Trial Practice: After The Verdict2013
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Syracuse, NY)Proving Damages To The Jury2012
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Syracuse, NY)A Primer On The Federal Tort Claims Act2012
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Rochester, NY)A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act2012
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Plainville, NY)A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act2012
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Plainview, NY)Proving Damages To The Jury2012
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, New York, NY)Proving Damages To The Jury2012
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, New York, NY)A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act2012
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Buffalo, NY)Proving Damages To The Jury2012
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Buffalo, NY)A Primer on the Federal Tort Claims Act2012
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Albany, NY)Proving Damages To The Jury2012
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (CLE Chair & Faculty, Albany, NY)A Primer On The Federal Tort Claims Act2012
Alumni ShowcasePractice of Law2012
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 Issues2011
Alumni ShowcasePractice of Law2011
Alumni ShowcasePractice of Law2010
Alumni ShowcasePractice of Law2009