Otis uses his experience as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court to inform his representation of businesses and individuals facing litigation. As a law clerk, Otis had to grapple daily with complex procedural and legal issues, experience he uses to help his clients develop effective litigation strategies.
Otis assists clients with a variety of white-collar matters. A large part of Otis' clerkship was dedicated to handling federal criminal matters, experience he uses to craft aggressive and effective litigation strategies for his clients.
Comment, Lots of Squeeze, Little (Or No) Juice: North Carolina’s Habitual Misdemeanor Larceny Statute, a Law Where Results Do Not Justify Costs, 97 N.C. L. REV. 432 (2019)
My favorite virtues: Integrity and service to others.
I became a lawyer because I enjoy the constant intellectual challenge, and I think it is the profession where my skills can best help the most people.
My chief characteristic is that I am an easy person to get along with (or so I am told).
What I appreciate the most in my friends: The ability to be honest and forgive my own faults.
My main fault: According to my wife, I do not say “No” enough. I agree with her.
One surprising thing people don’t know about me is that I once flew the President of Afghanistan in a helicopter.
My occupation if I weren't a lawyer: Pilot
Where I'd most like to live: A sailboat large enough to fit my wife, children, dogs, and a rotating slew of family and friends.
My idea of happiness: Doing important, interesting work that improves the lives of others but still leaves time to enjoy family and friends.
What legal work most excites me: Complex litigation, both civil and criminal, that requires creative legal thinking and where my efforts tangibly benefit my clients.
My greatest ambition: Raise children who care about others, build and maintain a strong marriage, and leave my little part of this world better than I found it.
My favorite prose authors: David McCullough, Ernest Hemingway, C.S. Lewis, Tom Wolfe, Pat Conroy
The natural talent I'd like to be gifted with: Earl Scruggs’s ability to play the banjo. Steve Martin’s ability would also be acceptable, but in that case I’d ask for his comic abilities as well.
My motto: Leadership is just over-glorified service to others.
My favorite characters in fiction: Will McClean, Jean Valjean
My favorite activities away from work: Cooking, reading, hiking, spending time with family and friends, dabbling in the banjo, getting away to the beach whenever I can.