Donald W. Boyajian

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Donald W. Boyajian

Albany, New York

Donald W. Boyajian is the managing partner of the firm he co-founded with Bill Dreyer in 1987.  Don grew up in the Capital Region and worked in a wide range of jobs as he put himself through Union College in Schenectady.  “My work experience prior to completing law school helped me appreciate some of the health and safety hazards workers face every day”.  Soon after entering private practice, Don found his calling fighting for the rights of accident victims.  Over the next 30 years, Mr. Boyajian prosecuted numerous high profile cases with multimillion dollar results on behalf of victims of construction accidents, motor vehicle collisions, industrial accidents, maritime accidents, toxic torts and defective products, as well as medical and nursing home malpractice. "Each client’s circumstance is unique so my first step is to ask each client what they want to accomplish in pursuing their case.  I then make it my mission to secure the best possible recovery through aggressive, yet compassionate, results oriented advocacy." 

In addition to litigating individual actions, Don Boyajian has successfully handled a number of significant multi-party and class action claims on behalf of victims of toxic pollution, as well as financial and consumer fraud.

Areas of Practice

  • All Serious Personal Injury Claims
  • Wrongful Death
  • Auto-Truck-Motorcycle Accidents
  • Medical and Professional Malpractice
  • Whistleblower/False Claims
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse
  • Class / Group Actions
  • Product liability, including pharmaceuticals and medical services
  • Environmental / Toxic Torts
  • Municipal Liability and Civil Rights
  • Commercial / Consumer Fraud

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York


  • Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, New Hampshire
    • J.D. cum laude - 1981
    • Law Journal: Annual Survey of New Hampshire Law Journal, Assistant Editor, 1982
  • Union College, Schenectady, New York
    • B.A. cum laude - 1978
    • Major: Political Science


  • Speaker: New York State Trial Lawyers Association Decisions, Ethics 2012, Labor Law 2011, Discovery 2008, 2008 - 2012
  • Speaker: New York State Bar Association Guide for the Up to Date Litigator, 2001
  • Speaker: Basic Civil Practice and Practical Skills Seminar, 1994

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell: A.V. Pre-eminent rating
  • Super Lawyers, Upstate New York Edition Top 25, 2007 - 2008
  • Million Dollar Advocate's Forum
  • Top 12 Albany's Finest - Metroland, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Capital Regional Affiliate, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, President
  • Federal Court Bar Association, NDNY, Trustee
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Armenian Bar Association, Member
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Saratoga County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, Confidential Law Assistant, 1981 - 1982
  • Saratoga County, Assistant District Attorney, 1987 - 1988
  • New York State, Senate Ethics Committee, 1986 - 1988
  • Town of Waterford, Attorney, 1985 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board to Fund Equal Justice, Legal Aid Society of North Eastern New York, 2006 - Present
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man/Woman of the Year Award Recipient 2010
  • Northeast New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health(NENYCOSH)