Pamela A. Nichols

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Albany, NY

O'Connell & Aronowitz, P.C.
 | 54 State Street, Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-462-5601
Fax: 518-462-2670
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1991
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

Pam is a Partner at O’Connell & Aronowitz and practices in the Personal Injury Litigation Department. Her accomplishments tackling the legal issues that arise during litigation have been critical to the firm's Litigation group’s overall success.

Pam consistently obtains excellent results representing plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits with a focus on injured children. She was the driving force in obtaining an $11 million verdict in the case of negligent care and treatment of sexually abused children. She also won a $1.8 million settlement in a case involving abused and neglected children. She understands that the focus must be on family after an accident or injury to child and she fiercely protects families’ legal and financial rights so they can focus on their emotional and physical needs.

Pam’s legal acumen and drive to enhance the local community are exemplified in her selection to The Injury Board, a national community of personal injury attorneys committed to making a difference by helping people avoid injury and helping the injured get the assistance they need. Her community efforts and professional focus on injured children laid the ground work for a novel prevention effort aimed at teenagers.

In 2012, Pam joined forces with The Casey Feldman Foundation and for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month initiative aimed at keeping high schools students safe on the road. The Casey Feldman Foundation is a not-for-profit whose namesake was a 21-year-old Fordham University student when she was killed by a distracted driver. Her parents, Joel and Dianne, both attorneys, started the foundation in their daughter’s memory with the hopes of sparing other families such profound loss. Tragedy inspired a national movement and began Pam’s journey as a tireless advocate of EndDD in upstate New York. Today, under Pam’s leadership, 8 O’Connell and Aronowitz volunteer attorneys have brought EndDD’s message to more than 14,00 students in upstate New York. Pam has also presented to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and NYS Partnership for Teen Driving Safety.

She has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list for 2019 and the Upstate New York Super Lawyer’s list since 2012. Pam has also earned the highest level of recognition from her peers with Martindale-Hubbelll’s AV Preeminent Rating.

Pam is a member of the American Association for Justice and was elected committee member of their non-profit organization Trial Lawyers Care. She is member of the New York State Bar Association serving on the Law Practice Management Committee, and is president of Capital Region Affiliate of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and further servers on NSTLA’s Executive Committee. Pam is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (50%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019

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About Pamela Nichols

Admitted: 1991, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Earned national designation, Best Lawyer's in America, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbelll’s AV Preeminent Rating, 2014-2019
  • Honored by SuperLawyers, Top 25 Women Upstate New York, SuperLawyers, 2015
  • Recognized for volunteer effort to bring safety message to more than 10,000 teens and adults in upstate New York, Heart of Business GOBY award, The Stakeholders, Inc., 2014
  • Comprehensive database for Business Leaders, Strathmore's Who's Who, Strathmore's Who's Who, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Districts of New York
  • Member of Executive Committee, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Board of Directors New York State Trial Lawyers Association., 2018
  • President, Capital Region Affiliate, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Member,  American Association for Justice, 2008 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Southern Districts of New York
  • Member,  New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 - Present
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Law Practice Management Committee, 1991- Present
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Districts of New York
  • Fellow, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society - Litigation Counsel of America, 2017
  • Member, The Injury Board, 2011 - present
  • Member, Albany County Bar Association, 1991 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member, Downtown Albany Buisness Improvement District, 2019
  • AAJ - Trial Lawyers Care Committee, Member, 2016
  • Volunteer Board Member, Schenectady YMCA       

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Volunteer presenter of national teen awareness safety program, Presenter, End Distracted Driving, 2019
  • Overview of applying rules of evidence, Presenter, Applying the Rules of Evidence, What Every Attorney Needs to Know, Legal, 2014
  • Speaker, Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes, Skilled Nursing Facilities, 2003
  • Writer/Speaker, Skilled Nursing Facilities, 1993
  • Writer/Speaker, Medical Providers, 1994


  • Medical Malpractice, Settled $1.2 million, Physician practice failed to hire, train, and monitor physician
  • Auto crash settlement $475,000, 2016
  • Collision on a ski mountain, co-counsel. $1.5 million settlement, 2017
  • Legal Malpractice, Litigation, Settled $485,000, lawyer failed to properly represent party resulting in a verdict against the party, 2013
  • Medical Malpractice, Settled $1.8 million, Pediatrician failed to properly diagnose child, Nov 30, 2011
  • Medical Malpractice - Gallbladder Surgery. $400,000, 2015
  • Trampoline injury, co-counsel. Verdict $800,000, 2016
  • Medical Malpractice case involving death of an infant - $725,000, 2016
  • Elizabeth Mitrione v. Adirondack Pediatrics, Medical Malpractice, $11 million - settled after verdict, medical malpractice against pediatrician for failing to diagnose sexual abuse of two young children, Aug 11, 2009
  • Trucking negligence - $750,000, 2015
  • Unfair competitition litigation, settled $9 Million, 1997
  • Trucking Accident, Settled $6.4 million, Trucking company with a defective part severely injured a family in an automobile accident, Sep 01, 2009


Educational Background:

  • Albany Law School, J.D., 1990
  • Fordham University, B.S., 1987
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Office Location for Pamela A. Nichols

54 State Street
Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-462-5601

Fax: 518-462-2670

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Last Updated: 10/17/2019

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