Daniel R. Santola - Powers & Santola, LLP

Daniel R. Santola

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1991
Phone: 518-465-5995

Daniel R. Santola 
Albany, New York

Partner, since 1987
phone (518) 465-5995
(800) 540-8742
fax (518) 426-4012
email Email Me

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 25 years experience.

After graduating from Albany Law School, he became an assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  In 1987, he and longtime friend and colleague, John K. Powers, decided to form the firm of Powers & Santola, with a simple mission statement: To provide our clients with the best possible legal representation.

Dan has spent more than twenty-five years teaching various topics within the specialty of personal injury law, covering subjects such as construction accidents, medical malpractice, trial tactics, evidence and products liability. He has lectured for the Office of Court Administration in its Continuing Legal Education programs for judges and court attorneys, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, the New York Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association, the American Board Of Trial Advocates, Albany Law School, the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, Albany Medical Center, Syracuse University Law School, and a number of other scholastic and professional institutions.

Buffalo State College State University of New YorkBA 1971Albany Law School of Union UniversityJ.D. 1974
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersAmerican Association for JusticeAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesNew York Bar Foundation

Case History

Client requested confidentiality$4,500,000 recovery for an infant who suffered permanent brain injury at the age of 4 weeks when a nurse inadvertently administering heparin, an anticoagulant, to the baby. As a result, the baby began to bleed and that bleeding went undetected by the medical staff for several hours. The blood was so extensive that the baby''s brain was deprived of oxygen, resulting in permanent brain damage.
Trombley v. Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. — Union electrician working on project to replace section of transmission lines and poles, killed when top of deteriorated pole
snapped off striking the bucket lift he was in knocking it off the end of the boom falling  20'' with worker still tied off to the designated location on the inside of the bucket settled for $2,750,000. Difficulty was to overcome fact that the cause of the accident was almost exclusively plaintiff''s co-employees fault who were immune from suit. 
Client requested confidentiality$7,250,000 recovery for an 11 year-old girl was sustained a broken neck, causing permanent damage to her spinal cord which rendered her quadriplegic, as the result of being directed to dive into the shallow end of a swimming pool while participating in a beginning swimming program run by an aquatic club at a pool owned by a local school district.
Tassone v. Mid-Valley Oil$9,443,177 recovery for a 22 year-old man from Pennsylvania who suffered brain damage when he lost his balance while installing satellite communications equipment on the roof of the Mobil Xtra-Mart in Valatie, New York and fell 16 feet onto a concrete loading dock because he was not provided with adequate safety devices.
Client asked confidentiality be maintained$4,000,000 recovery for an infant who suffered HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy), anoxic brain injury and cerebral palsy as the result of a mid-wife''s malpractice in failing to promptly contact an obstetrician to perform a cesarean section to deliver a baby who was experiencing fetal distress that was evidenced by persistent, variable and late decelerations of her fetal heart rate.

Client Comments

"If you would like a very meticulous, competent lawyer and someone you can talk to that is non-judgmental, then Dan Santola is the lawyer for you. He takes the time to thoroughly investigate and understand all aspects of the case with which he is dealing. He genuinely cares for his clients' well-being and wants the best outcome for them. He takes the time to research and study all aspects of his cases. Again, he is very personable, and I highly recommend him to anyone in need of an excellent lawyer. We are very happy with the outcome of our case and working with an excellent person like Dan Santola."

"When tragedy unfairly strikes people, the world can become a very scary and confusing place. At 19 years of age, the unthinkable happened to me. As I laid in the hospital, my parents struggled with a mountain of legal paperwork they didn't understand as they were coming to grips with having a newly paralyzed son. Dan Santola stepped in, took control of the situation and became a legal guardian angel to me and my family. Dan spoke with insurance companies, the hospital, and countless other entities. He put my parents' minds at ease, which made recovering from my injury a little easier. Dan also became a mentor to me during the legal process. I know lawyers are translators of sorts -- a bridge between the courts and the rest of us, but Dan went above and beyond, way above and beyond. He was happy to answer any questions I had. About law, about life, and about why he chose to do what he does. Everywhere I went with him, I felt protected. After leaving his office and speaking with him, I normally felt enlightened. He is a man that worked extremely hard to get to where he is and he whole-heartedly believes that what he is doing is making the world a better place. For the majority of my life, I viewed lawyers as cold blooded ambulance chasers that only cared about making a payday. Dan shattered all those false assumptions for me. Needless to say I was extremely happy with the services that Dan Santola provided for me and my family. His skill, expertise, empathy and passion to succeed within the parameters of the law inspired me to become a better person. It's not enough to say that Dan is a great lawyer. His personality and integrity put him squarely in that rare category of people that you only come across once in a lifetime. I feel that I am a better human being for having the chance to spend time with him."

-Christopher Lee

"Mr. Santola has a great knowledge of the law and he always made me feel like he was looking out for me and my best interests. "

-John Tassone

"Dan took the extra time with me to make sure I understood what was involved in the matter."

-Robin Trombley

"As stated above, Dan's compassion and heartfelt discussions helped us through a very difficult time. Dan's knowledge and intelligence are instantly evident upon meeting him, and we could not have been more impressed with how he handled himself at all times."

-Joseph Raker

Office Location

39 North Pearl Street, Suite Six
Albany, NY 12207
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs of the Albany Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs of the Albany Metro Area
Daniel R. Santola has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Daniel R. Santola has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs (Birth Trauma, Brain Injury, Catastrophic Injury, Hospital Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Nursing Homes, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Wrongful Death)
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Automobile Collision, Brain Injury, Catastrophic Injury, Medical Malpractice, Premises Liability, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice)
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs (Automobile, Construction)

Other Information

Gender: Male