Pamela A. Nichols

Pamela A. Nichols Shareholder

Pamela's Practice Areas

Pam is Managing Partner at O’Connell & Aronowitz and practices in our Personal Injury Litigation Department. Her accomplishments tackling the legal issues that arise during litigation have been critical to our 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 April 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 Upstate New York Super Lawyer’s list since 2012 and 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 where she serves on the Law Practice Management Committee and is president of Capital Region Affiliate of the  New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Pam also serves on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District.

Pamela's Locations


  • Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow
  • The Injury BoardMember, 2011 – Present
  • American Association for JusticeLeaders Forum Member
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association Member
  • NYSTLA Capital Region AffiliatePresident, 2016
  • New York State Bar Association
  • NYSBA, Law Practice ManagementCommittee Member, 2014 – 2015
  • Albany County Bar AssociationMember
  • Schenectady County YMCABoard Member


  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers 2012-2017
  • GOBY Heart of Business AwardPresented by Stakeholders, 2014
  • AV Rated – Martindale-Hubbell2014-2017
  • Top 25 Women Upstate NYSuper Lawyers – 2015
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who2012


  • Enddd.orgEnd Distracted Driving Student Awareness Program 2012-16
  • “Applying the Rules of EvidenceWhat Every Attorney Needs to Know” 2014
  •  “Attorney General Subpoenas and Search Warrants”New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), Fall Conference
  • “Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes”New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), Fall Conference

Legal Malpractice

Practice Area:Litigation
Date:May 01, 2013
Outcome:Settled $485,000
Description:Lawyer failed to properly represent party resulting in a verdict against the party

Medical Malpractice

Practice Area:Medical malpractice
Date:Nov 30, 2011
Outcome:Settled $1.8 million
Description:Pediatrician failed to properly diagnose child

Trucking Accident

Practice Area:Trucking accident
Date:Sep 01, 2009
Outcome:settled $6.4 million
Description:Trucking company with a defective part severely injured a family in an automobile accident.

Elizabeth Mitrione v. Adirondack Pediatrics

Practice Area:Medical malpractice
Date:Aug 11, 2009
Outcome:Verdict 11 million – settled after verdict
Description:Medical malpractice against pediatrician for failing to diagnose sexual abuse of two young children

Medical Malpractice

Practice Area:Medical malpractice
Outcome:Settled $1.2 million
Description:Physician practice failed to hire, train, and monitor physician


The culture of teamwork and collaboration at O’Connell and Aronowitz helps our five office locations assist clients in a myriad of legal disciplines and harness the talents of O’Connell and Aronowitz attorneys across New York State. We offer the experience, resources, and skills to help you protect your rights and your best interests.


54 State Street
Albany, NY 12207

tel: 518.462.5601
fax: 518.462.2670


624 New Loudon Road
Latham, NY 12110

tel: 518.213.8050
fax: 518.213.8048

New York City

111 Broadway, Suite 701
New York, NY 10006

tel: 212.706.6041
fax: 518.462.2670


206 West Bay Plaza
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

tel: 518.562.0600
fax: 518.562.0657

Saratoga Springs

1 Court Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

tel: 518.584.5205
fax: 518.584.5441