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MABOn November 5, 2015, Michael A. Bottar completed the final leg of a six-city CLE tour for the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers titled “Say What?  Using, Misusing and Abusing the Hearsay Rules.”  Bottar chaired the statewide CLE, which was attended by hundreds of attorneys in Syracuse, Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, New York City and Long Island.  

A DVD of the lecture and accompanying print materials may be obtained from the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers members-only CLE library.  To join the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, click here.

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samFormerly Samantha C. Robbins, Ms. Riggi’s practice focuses on cases sounding in medical malpractice, workplace accident, motor vehicle, product liability, wrongful death and severe personal injury matters.

Ms. Riggi is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, and Siena College, magna cum laude. She is a past member and Associate Editor of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, which published her note “Who’s Your Daddy: The International Market for American Sperm.” In addition to the Journal of International Law and Commerce, she is a past member of the Syracuse University College of Law Moot Court Honor Society, and was inducted into The Order of Barristers.

While in law school, Ms. Riggi won a number of trial and appellate competitions, including the 42nd annual Mackenzie Hughes LLP, Edmund H. Lewis Appellate Advocacy Competition (winner; best final round advocate; highest-scoring brief), the 41st annual annual Mackenzie Hughes LLP, Edmund H. Lewis Appellate Advocacy Competition (winner; highest-scoring brief), and the 36th annual Lionel O. Grossman Trial Competition (winner)

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rockstarOn October 16, 2015, Michael A. Bottar, a partner with Bottar Leone, PLLC, received the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers “ROCKSTAR” award for his commitment to providing high-quality continuing legal education to attorneys throughout the State of New York.

The Academy’s ROCKSTAR award has been issued to a handful of members who have provided legal instruction on at least thirty (30) occasions.  Since 2012, Bottar has lectured more than 1,000 attorneys at seminars held in Syracuse, Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, New York City, and Long Island, as follows:

  • Say What? Hearsay Rules In New York (Syracuse 2015)
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On January 15, 2015, Bottar Leone, PLLC was among fifteen New York law firms (the only firm in upstate New York) to receive a 2014 Litigator Award for extraordinary achievement within the fields of medical malpractice, birth injury, products liability, catastrophic injury and personal injury litigation.

Bottar Leone National Litigator Award
According to the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents™, the annual Litigator Awards stand as nation’s most coveted symbol of litigation Achievement, and recognize trial lawyers that have attained extraordinary litigation achievement within one or more of 72 pre-defined practice specialty categories.  To be award eligible, nominees must prove achievement of litigation performance benchmarks that includes not less than:

  • two verified verdicts or settlements of at least $1 million in any one practice specialty category within the preceding 5 year period prior to nomination, or
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AJROn November 7, 2014, Aaron J. Ryder spoke in Syracuse and Albany for the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers at a CLE titled “Cutting the Gordian Knot, Resolving Liens and Reimbursement Claims.”

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Few things are more frustrating to litigators than a client’s Medicare, Medicaid or ERISA claimed right of lien or reimbursement.  Often the lien and reimbursement claims from third party providers derail settlements, and leave clients and their attorneys in limbo.  Attorneys frequently report that they spend as much time negotiating these claims as they do litigating the underlying case. This seminar will focus on this practical problem and the best way to avoid or surmount it. 

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bm1In April of 2010, Syracuse University College of Law received a $15 million naming gift for a new, innovative, state-of-the-art law school.

With a great head-start, the College of Law went on to raise another $30 million to make the 200,000 share foot, five-story building a reality, including pivotal donations from the College of Law’s Board of Advisors, as well as contributions from alumni nationwide.

In support of the mission, Tiffany and Michael A. Bottar L’03 pledged $750,000.00 to name the Lorraine and Anthony V. Bottar Lecture Hall after Michael’s paternal grandparents.  The Bottar Lecture Hall is an 80 seat tiered lecture hall located on the third floor of Dineen Hall.  It is equipped with cutting-edge audio-visual and wireless technology, including the capacity to live-stream lectures.

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