Pamela A. Nichols

Top rated personal injury attorney in Albany, New York

O'Connell & Aronowitz, P.C.
Pamela A. Nichols
O'Connell & Aronowitz, P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Medical malpractice, Products liability; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1991

Education: Albany Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2022

O'Connell & Aronowitz, P.C.

54 State Street
Albany, NY 12207 Visit website


Pam has been a Partner at O’Connell & Aronowitz for 23 years where she practices in the Personal Injury Litigation Department. She was the firm's managing partner for fifteen years.  Her accomplishments tackling the legal issues that arise during litigation have been critical to the firm's overall success.

Pam consistently obtains excellent results representing plaintiffs in all areas of personal injury lawsuits including wrongful death cases, medical malpractice, automobile collisions, trucking crashes, dangerous products, abused children and defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Since New York State's passage of the Child Victims Act in 2019, she has focused on representing countless numbers of survivors of child sexual abuse in actions against their abusers and against the establishments that failed to prevent the abuse.

Her results speak for themselves. Pam recently settled an automobile collision involving a pedestrian for $1.25 million.  She was the driving force in winning an $11 million verdict in a medical malpractice case involving sexually abused children. Pam obtained a $1.8 million settlement in a medical malpractice case involving a physically abused and neglected child. She co-counseled a wrongful death trucking collision which settled for $6.5 million dollars and a ski injury trial which ultimately settled for $1.5 million dollars. Pam also reached a settlement of $750,00 for the wrongful death of a three-year-old child. 

Pam has obtained millions of dollars on behalf of children injured at birth and on behalf of adults and children who have suffered injury and death as a result of malpractice. She has represented many families in wrongful death actions to recover for the loss of a family member due to the negligent acts of others. Pam understands that the focus must be on family after a parent or child sustains an injury and she fiercely protects families’ legal and financial rights so they can focus on their emotional and physical needs. She is a tireless advocate for a change to New York State’s wrongful death law to include a recovery for family members who lose a loved one. This change in the law would allow families to seek compensation for grief or anguish, loss of love, protection, comfort, and companionship and loss of nurture, guidance, counsel, advice, training and education resulting from death.

Pam also takes pride in her commitment to the L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ community in the Capital Region through her legal representation of clients in the community and through the firm's participation in local events that support and celebrate diversity.

When she is not practicing law, Pam is an active volunteer supporting many different causes that encourage and ensure health and safety.  In 2012, she joined forces with The Casey Feldman Foundation and for a national distracted driving initiative aimed at keeping high school students safe on the road. The Casey Feldman Foundation is a not-for-profit whose namesake was a 21-year-old Fordham University student who 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 from such profound loss. Tragedy inspired a national movement and began Pam’s journey as an advocate of EndDD in upstate New York. Today, under her leadership, O’Connell and Aronowitz volunteer attorneys have brought EndDD’s message to more than 14,000 students in upstate New York. Pam has also presented to the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and NYS Partnership for Teen Driving Safety.

Every year, Pam leads her firm in its volunteer efforts to help others in need. These efforts have ranged from providing food and clothing to homeless veterans and providing school supplies to children in need, to painting the physical plant of the local Boys and Girls Club and purchasing supplies for domestic violence safehouses and homeless shelters. Her outreach has also included cleaning protected beaches to save wildlife and organizing supply donations around the country to aid victims of natural disasters.

Pam serves as the Capital Region Affiliate President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of NYSTLA’s Executive Committee. She is an active member of the Leader’s Forum with the American Association for Justice and The Injury Board, a national community of personal injury attorneys committed to consumer safety.   Once again named to the Best Lawyers in America list for 2019 in addition to the Upstate New York Super Lawyer’s list since 2012, Pam also earned the highest level of recognition from her peers with Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating.  She is the Vice-President of the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District and a member of the Executive Committee.

Pam represents clients throughout upstate New York as well as in New York City where she maintains a residence. She enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her husband, four grown children and her dog, Charlie.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff

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

  • 50% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 40% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 10% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1991, New York

Professional Webpage:

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 since 2018, 2020
  • Board of Directors New York State Trial Lawyers Association sicne 2018., 2020
  • President, Capital Region Affiliate, New York State Trial Lawyers Association since 2017, 2020
  • Member,  American Association for Justice, since 2008, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Southern Districts of New York
  • Member,  New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Districts of New York
  • Fellow, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society - Litigation Counsel of America since 2017, 2020
  • Member, The Injury Board, since 2011, 2020
  • Member, Albany County Bar Association, 1991 - Present
Educational Background:
  • Albany Law School, J.D., 1990
  • Fordham University, B.S., 1987
  • $1.25 million dollar settlement in an automobile pedestrian collison., 2019
  • $200,000 settlement in an automobile collison with a soft tissue injury , 2019
  • 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
  • Medical Malpractice, $11 million - settled after verdict, medical malpractice against pediatrician for failing to diagnose sexual abuse of two young children, Aug 11, 2009, 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
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Volunteer presenter of national teen awareness safety program, Presenter, End Distracted Driving, 2019
  • Teaching lawyers the latest caselaw on Evidence., Presenter, Decisions 2018, New York State Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Teaching lawyers the latest caselaw on Evidence, speaker on Evidence, Decisions 2019,, New York State Trial Lawyers, 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
  • Earned national designation, Best Lawyer's in America, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbelll’s AV Preeminent Rating, since 2014, 2020
  • 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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • VIce President, Board Member, Downtown Albany Buisness Improvement District, 2020

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“A standard of excellence both in her practice and in her leadership of her firm.”

“Her litigation skills and knowledge and compassion for her clients is unsurpassed.”

“Pam is one of the most impressive attorneys I have ever met.”

Office location for Pamela A. Nichols

54 State Street
Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-462-5601


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2022

Top lists

Top 25: Women Upstate New York Super Lawyers: 2015 Top 25: Hudson Valley Super Lawyers: 2015

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