All Powers & Santola Partners Recognized in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

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Powers & Santola, LLP, is pleased to announce that five of the firm's attorneys have been named in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

Attorneys at Powers & Santola, LLP

The attorneys of Powers & Santola represent a select number of people who have been catastrophically injured by medical and hospital malpractice, the failure to timely diagnose cancer and the failure to provide adequate protection to construction workers.

Powers & Santola, LLP, is pleased to announce that all of the firm’s partners, and the firm’s Special Counsel, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

John K. Powers, Daniel R. Santola, Laura M. Jordan and Margie A. Soehl, were selected by their peers in the fields of Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Law and Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation.

In addition, both John Powers and Dan Santola were recognized in the field of Plaintiff’s Product Liability Litigation.

Michael J. Hutter, Jr., a Professor at Albany Law School who serves as Special Counsel to Powers & Santola, LLP, was named in the field of Appellate Practice.

Powers & Santola has repeatedly been named as one of the nation’s “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report. The firm has consistently been awarded a First Tier ranking in both the areas of Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Law and Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation for the Albany, New York metropolitan area.

The attorneys of Powers & Santola represent a select number of people who have been catastrophically injured by medical and hospital malpractice, the failure to timely diagnose cancer and the failure to provide adequate protection to construction workers. The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York recently appointed the firm to serve as Interim Liaison Counsel in the Hoosick Falls water contamination lawsuits.

This marks the 28th consecutive year that John Powers has been listed by Best Lawyers®. Powers previously served as President of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Chairman of the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association and President of the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association. John is a co-founder of the National College of Advocacy and a Charter Senior Life Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is the Immediate Past-President of the prestigious Melvin M. Belli Society.

Dan Santola, who has been listed by Best Lawyers® for 26 consecutive years, is widely recognized as a preeminent authority on New York’s unique laws that protect workers in the hazardous construction industry. Dan is the author of Litigating Construction Accident Cases in New York and a co-author of Construction Site Personal Injury Litigation. He is a former President of the Albany County Bar Association and the and Capital District Trial Lawyers Association and is a Dean of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Laura Jordan has been repeatedly named in The Best Lawyers in America© and as a “Super Lawyer” in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of both New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association. She authors monthly published updates for the Albany County Bar Association and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers on Torts and Civil Procedure.

A native of Ecuador, Margie Soehl began her legal career as a member of the legal advisory team of the President of Ecuador. Since moving to the United States, she has limited her practice to representing serious and catastrophically injured individuals. She is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Capital Region Black and Hispanic Bar Association. In October 2015, The Hispanic Coalition of New York recognized Margie as one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in New York State”.

Professor Michael J. Hutter, who serves as Special Counsel to Powers & Santola, is a Professor of Law at Albany Law School, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1976. Professor Hutter’s teaching areas include evidence, trial practice, intellectual property, and trade regulation. He presently serves as a Commissioner on the New York State Law Revision Commission and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Capital Defender Office. Professor Hutter, a widely recognized expert on New York evidence law, was recently appointed by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to serve as Reporter to New York's new Judicial Advisory Committee on Evidence. He is also a member of the Commission on Judicial Nomination — the entity that selects a list of nominees for appointments to the Court of Appeals. Professor Hutter has authored a book and numerous articles on antitrust and unfair competition and served as editor of Model Jury Charges in Business Torts Cases. He is the author of a column on Evidence in The New York Law Journal. He was one of seven nominees for the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, in 1998. Professor Hutter is a former President of the Albany County Bar Association and is a Dean of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About Powers & Santola, LLP

Founded in 1987, the law firm of Powers & Santola, LLP, assists individuals in Albany and Onondaga counties and throughout New York State who have suffered serious, catastrophic injuries due to the carelessness of others. The firm primarily focuses on medical malpractice, construction site accident and motor vehicle accident cases. The firm’s main office is located at 39 North Pearl Street, Suite 6, Albany, NY 12207 (local phone 518-465-5995). Please contact the firm to learn more.

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