John Powers has represented the interests of catastrophically injured individuals for more than 45 years. For 30 consecutive years, he has been selected by a nationwide vote as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" for his representation of plaintiffs in three separate areas of practice: “medical malpractice law”; “product liability litigation”; and “personal injury litigation”. In 2013, John was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America in the field of medical malpractice law - Plaintiffs.
In 2012, the New York State Legislature recognized John’s lifetime of professional and community service by a Legislative Resolution which declared: “Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individual for the benefit of others that John K. Powers has displayed throughout his life”.
His firm, Powers & Santola, has repeatedly been selected by US News and World Report as one of the “Best Law Firms in America” for its representation of plaintiffs in medical malpractice, product liability and personal injury cases.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Albany Law School, John is a nationally-recognized authority on the medical and legal aspects of catastrophic injury. He is the Co-Founder and a former President of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers; a former President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association; a former President of the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association; a former Chair of the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association and has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the the New York State Bar Association.
John is a Past-President of the prestigious Melvin M. Belli Society. He served as a member of the national Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice [AAJ] (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America [ATLA]) from 1990 until 2004 and served two terms as a member of the association's Executive Committee. He is one of only 43 lawyers in the nation to be granted the status of "Life Member" in AAJ. John is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Trial Advocacy, has been awarded the rank of Advocate by the American Board of Trial Advocates and is a Charter Senior Life Fellow of the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
In addition to his service to the legal profession, John served as First Vice-President and General Counsel of the New York State Brain Injury Association and has been granted Life Membership in both that organization and the National Brain Injury Association.
A Co-Founder of the National College of Advocacy and former President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, John is in frequent demand as a speaker, particularly in the area of advocating on behalf of individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries. In the past, he has served as a chairperson or lecturer at more than 450 programs throughout the United States and Canada.
John has published many books, chapters and articles on legal issues, including a chapter in The National Head Injury Foundation Guide to the: Analysis, Understanding and Presentation of Cases Involving Traumatic Brain Injury.