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Nicholas T. Otis, Partner
219-362-1577 ext 349

EXPERIENCE:  Mr. Otis represents civil and criminal clients in state and federal court.  Mr. Otis represents personal injury clients, insurance companies, employers, and individuals charged with crimes in state and federal court.  Additionally, Mr. Otis has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  He is currently a deputy public defender for LaPorte County and a federal public defender under the Criminal Justice Act for the Northern District of Indiana. Mr. Otis regularly contributes to our Criminal Defense Blog. He became a partner in 2014.

While in law school, Mr. Otis clerked for Federal District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, Northern District of Illinois and the United States Attorney’s Office in Hammond, Indiana. Additionally, Mr. Otis worked for private law firms in Chicago, Illinois and Merrillville, Indiana while in school.

EDUCATION:  Mr. Otis is a La Porte High School graduate. Mr. Otis received a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at Belmont University. He graduated from Belmont University, cum laude, receiving a degree in Accounting. Mr. Otis received a full academic scholarship to Valparaiso University School of Law where he received his Law Degree, graduating magna cum laude.

BAR ADMISSIONS: Mr. Otis is admitted to practice before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and all Indiana State Courts.  He has been a member since 2008.

LEADERSHIP: Mr. Otis is active in the community serving on the LaPorte Educational Development Foundation Executive Board, the LaPorte County YMCA Board of Directors, the Bethany Lutheran Church Council.  Mr. Otis also served as the LaPorte County Bar Association President in 2012, the Vice-President in 2013, and was re-elected as the President in 2014.  Mr. Otis is a former board member of the LaPorte County Red Cross.  Additionally, Mr. Otis volunteers as a Judge in the LaPorte Teen Court program. 

Nick Otis and the Chief Justice of the United States

Nick Otis and the Chief Justice of the United States

Mr. Otis argues Corbin v. State, 75A03-1209-CR-402 in front of the Indiana Court of Appeals.