Otto joined Bay Immigration Law in 2019; his practice focuses primarily on representing multinational companies, employees, and foreign investors regarding U.S. immigration law.
Prior to joining the firm, Otto was a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, where over the course of his 27-year career, he went from adjudicating thousands of non-immigrant visas as Vice Consul, to overseeing Consulate Generals as Consul General.
In addition to overseas assignments in Mexico, Colombia, Iraq, and Russia, Otto served as Deputy Director for Rule of Law at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; Counselor for Economic and Science Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland; and Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France. Among his assignments in Washington, D.C., Otto served as Director for NAFTA Affairs within the Executive Office of the President. He has received numerous awards, including from the U.S. Departments of State, Justice, and Defense.
Before starting his work as a Foreign Service Officer, Otto practiced law in the federal district courts, in Arizona, in the Navajo Nation, before the Hopi Tribal Court, and in Texas. Otto received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law, his diplôme from France’s Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA) in public administration, and his Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Fordham University in French and Political Science.
Otto is professionally fluent in Spanish, French, and Russian. He seeks to ensure that, by drawing on his first-hand experience executing U.S. policies, each client has the best chance to realize their wish to travel, work, or live in the United States.