Powers & Santola, LLP

Powers & Santola, LLP

New York Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury Attorneys

Firm Overview

"We strive to help each of our clients restore independence, dignity and meaning to their life."

Since 1987, Powers & Santola, LLP., has been driven by the expectation of excellence in all that it does on behalf of its clients. We are always motivated by a genuine desire to make a difference in their lives, and to obtain full and fair monetary compensation for their injuries.

We firmly believe that it's essential to meticulously prepare each case we handle as if it will go to trial. Insurance companies and our opponents know that we zealously advocate for every client we represent. We will not under any circumstance compromise the full value of a case for a quick settlement.

We devote all of our resources, skills and experience to handling select cases involving serious personal injuries. Our clients have suffered permanent, life-changing injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, closed head injuries, amputation injuries (loss of limb), severe burns, birth injuries, or injuries from hospital and medical malpractice. Some of our clients have lost a family member to wrongful death due to someone else's negligence in a car accident, workplace accident or medical malpractice.

We recognize that a serious injury changes a person's life in ways that cannot be addressed by money alone. We strive to help each of our clients restore independence, dignity and meaning to their life.

Contact our office online or call us toll-free at 866-986-8535 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice or construction accident case. We have offices in Albany and Syracuse.
Main Office
Main Office
39 North Pearl St. Suite 6
Albany   NY  12207
Phone
  • (518) 465-5995
Websites

John Powers, Partner

John Powers is a founding partner of the firm of Powers and Santola, LLP. His practice is limited to the representation of catastrophically injured individuals, a field of law in which he has more than 35 years of experience. For more than 25 consecutive years, Mr. Powers has repeatedly been selected by his peers as one of "The Best Lawyers in America." He is listed in the "Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers"; has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers; named one of the New York Area's Top Lawyers in New York Magazine; and selected as one of The Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York State by The American Association for Justice.

John is a nationally recognized authority on the medical and legal aspects of catastrophic injury.

Location: Albany, New York
Phone: 866-986-8535/315-308-1020

Daniel Santola, Founding Parter

Daniel R. Santola is a senior partner and co-founder of Powers & Santola, LLP. His practice is limited to the representation of catastrophically injured individuals, the field of law in which he has over 35 years experience.

In the pursuit of his goal, Dan has achieved several awards of distinction. He has consistently been named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and is listed by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the top 100 trial lawyers. He was named "as Lawyer of the Year for 2012 for Medical Malpractice Law by Best Lawyers. Dan has also been named in "New York's Top Lawyers," "Who's Who in American Law," "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in the World."

He was among the first trial lawyers to employ the use of technology in presenting personal injury cases to a jury, including video animation and computer graphics to demonstrate causes of accidents; SPECT scans to document and display brain injuries; and "Day in the Life" films to bring into the courtroom the everyday consequences of a permanent injury.

Dan has been at the forefront in the use of highly specialized experts such as placental pathologists, pediatric neuroradiologists and neonatologists to illustrate negligence in obstetrical malpractice cases; human factors engineers and biomechanics to demonstrate defective product designs; and physiatrists, vocational rehabilitationists and economists to calculate and document the full extent of losses caused by a devastating injury.

Location: Albany, New York
Phone: 866-986-8535/315-308-1020

Laura Jordan, Partner

Recent News:
$11.6 Million in Medical Malpractice Verdict
$1.75 Million in Medical Malpractice Verdict

Laura Jordan's practice is limited to the representation of serious and catastrophically injured individuals with special emphasis on medical malpractice and delayed diagnosis of cancer.

Laura was individually selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for her work in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Selection for Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising nearly 4 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys in the country. For three decades, Best Lawyers has been regarded by both the profession and the public as the most credible and definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.

Laura has also been recognized by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys and has been honored as one of their elite group, the Top Ten.

Location: Albany, New York
Phone: 866-986-8535/315-308-1020

Michael Hutter Jr., Special Counsel

Michael J. Hutter is Special Counsel to Powers & Santola, LLP. As Special Counsel, he handles the firm's appellate works. He not only handles appeals with respect to the firm's clients, but also handles appeals for non-firm clients who retain him. As to the latter, he has been retained by organizations, corporations, government officials, including judges and individuals on a wide range of matters that require an appellate specialist.

Michael has argued appeals in the New York State Court of Appeals, and all four Departments of New York's Appellate Division, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has argued over 400 appeals, which appeals have covered a wide range of subject matter, including Labor Law, No-Fault Law, Negligence, Criminal Law, Matrimonial Law, civil rights claims, State Constitutional Law and unfair competition claims. Since 2015, he has been named in the Best Lawyers New York edition in the area of appellate practice.

Professor Hutter is a recognized expert in the area of Evidence. He has served as an educator to the New York State Court System, invited by the New York State Office of Court Administration, and its Judicial Institute, to teach evidence and discuss evidence developments at its annual seminars for Justices and Judges throughout the state, as well as seminars for law clerks and court attorneys. Recently, he was appointed by the Chief Judge of the State of New York to act as the Reporter to a Special Committee, composed of sitting and retired judges, charged with compiling a guide to New York's existing law of evidence that will be readily available to judges, lawyers and the public. Professor Hutter is also the Evidence columnist for the New York Law Journal, publishing a bi-monthly article discussing recent New York evidence cases decided by the courts.

Location: Albany, New York
Phone: 866-986-8535/315-308-1020

Margie Soehl, Partner

Recent News:
$11.6 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict
$1.75 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict
$1.52 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict

Ms. Soehl 's practice is limited to the representation of serious and catastrophically injured individuals. Margie is one of Albany, New York's few bilingual, English-Spanish speaking attorneys.

Margie was individually selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for her work in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Selection for Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising nearly 4 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys in the country. For three decades, Best Lawyers has been regarded by both the profession and the public as the most credible and definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.

Location: Albany, New York
Phone: 866-986-8535/315-308-1020

Amber L. Wright, Associate

Amber's practice is limited to the representation of seriously or catastrophically injured individuals and their families. Prior to law school, Amber worked as a cardiovascular and radiologic technologist for several years.

Amber graduated magna cum laude from Albany Law School in 2014. While in Law School, Amber received the Selma Mintz Memorial Prize, a prize awarded to a student who graduates with honors while raising a family. Prior to joining Powers & Santola, LLP, in 2017, Amber practiced in the litigation department at another law firm in Albany, New York.

Amber is a member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and the New York State Bar Association. She is also a member of the American Association of Justice.
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