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Anthony Bottar

Bottar Leone, PLLC
1600 AXA Tower II
120 Madison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202-2810
315-422-3466
www.bottarleone.com


Mr. Bottar is one of upstate New York's most experienced and accomplished trial lawyers. As the senior partner and founder of Bottar Leone, PLLC, he brings nearly 40 years of experience to the pursuit of cases involving birth injuries, brain injuries, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, and severe musculoskeletal injuries due to complex accidents, workplace injury, malpractice, and defective products.

Mr. Bottar is a charter member and past-president of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (2010-2011). He has extensive trial experience in New York State and Federal courts, and has secured record jury verdicts and settlements in lawsuits against individuals, corporations and state/government entities. Mr. Bottar has been listed in The Best Lawyers In America® for more than fifteen years, and has been recognized twice as the Best Lawyers® Syracuse Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year (2014-15 and 2009). Following peer review, he has also attained an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics.

Mr. Bottar has been listed in New York Super Lawyers (Upstate Edition) for medical malpractice and personal injury since the inaugural edition in 2007. He has been repeatedly recognized by The National Trial Lawyers and the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the "Top 100" trial lawyers in New York State, by Lawdragon as one of the top 3,000 attorneys in the United States, and has earned life memberships in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and the Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. He is also a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society™.
In 2001, Mr. Bottar was appointed by the Appellate Division, Fourth Department to serve as a member of the Character and Fitness Committee for the New York State Supreme Court, Fifth Judicial District. The Committee is responsible for screening and interviewing all Central New York applicants who are seeking admission to the Bar.

Mr. Bottar regularly speaks or lectures at legal and non-legal functions, including ethics, torts and trial-related classes at Syracuse University College of Law. He is also a past member of the Dean's Advisory Counsel at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law.

Mr. Bottar has a long record of public service and is deeply invested in New York State's education system. He served as a Trustee of the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education from 1988 through 1989, and as the President of the Board from 1989 through 1996. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Onondaga Madison School Boards Association from 1994 through 1996.

In 1996, 2001, 2006 and again in 2011, the New York State Legislature elected Mr. Bottar to serve as a Regent of the University of the State of New York, the most comprehensive and unified education system in the nation. In 2012, Mr. Bottar was elected Vice Chancellor of the Board. The position is unpaid. Mr. Bottar is Chair of the College and Career Preparation Work Group, Chair of the P-12 Education Committee, and is a member of the Higher Education and Professional Practice Committees. In his capacity as Vice Chancellor and Regent, Mr. Bottar is responsible for educational policy affecting public and private elementary and secondary schools, public and private colleges and universities, libraries, museums, public broadcasting facilities, as well as the licensure, regulation and discipline of New York State professionals including accountants, dentists, doctors, engineers, nurses, pharmacists and therapists.

Mr. Bottar was born and raised in North Syracuse, New York, where he presently resides with his wife, Nancy, a registered nurse.

Education
       
  • B.A., University of Rochester
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  • J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

Jurisdictions Admitted To Practice
       
  • New York, 1977
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  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
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  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
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  • United States Court of Federal Claims
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  • United States Supreme Court

Leadership
       
  • Past President, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
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  • Director, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
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  • Character and Fitness Committee, New York State Supreme Court, Fifth Judicial District
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  • Vice Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents

Honors
       
  • Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Syracuse, Personal Injury (2014-15)
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  • Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Syracuse, Personal Injury (2009)
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  • AV® Rated (1983-2015)
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  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2001-2015)
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  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (2011-2015)
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  • New York Super Lawyers® Upstate (2007-2015)
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  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 (2013-2015)
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  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society™
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  • Lawdragon® National Finalist (Lawdragon 3000)
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  • New York Magazine's Best Lawyers in New York (2007-2015)
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  • New York Magazine's Lawyers of the Year (2009)
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  • Central New York Magazine's Best Lawyers in Central New York (2008)
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  • Buffalo Spree Magazine's Best Lawyers in Western New York (2007)
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  • Fellow, Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
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  • Fellow, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®

Publications
       
  • Author, Coastal Processes and Change: Legal Implications, 1 Sea Grant Law Journal 139 (1976).

In the Community
       
  • Vice Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents (2012-present)
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  • Member, New York State Board of Regents (1996-present)

Professional Associations
       
  • Charter Member, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
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  • Member, Onondaga County Bar Association
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  • Member, New York State Bar Association
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  • Member, American Bar Association
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  • Member, American Association for Justice

Prior Experience
       
  • Cherundolo & Bottar, P.C.
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  • Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Syracuse, Department of Law
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  • Glownia & Bottar, P.C.