I have represented local (supervisors, councilmen, mayors), state (state row officers, state representatives and state senators) and
federal (Congress and Senate) candidates on various legal issues related to campaigns and elections.
I have handled election petition challenges in various County Courts of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
I both prosecute and defend election petition challenges.
I have represented Democratic, Republican and Green Party candidates.
2006. I prosecuted and defended over 20 petition challenges for PA Clean Sweep endorsed candidates.
2007. I represented Casino Free Philadelphia in a challenge to its petition to place a referendum question about casino locations on the Philadelphia ballot.
2008. I was counsel for the challenge to the Bob Barr Presidential substitute nomination papers.
I have brought to the forefront the problem of incumbent legislators who have signed election petition circulator's affidavits under oath but never did collect signatures. See: In re: Nomination Petitions of Linda Bebko Jones (2006); In re Nomination Petitions of Mauree Gingrich (2008) and In re: Nomination Petitions of Harold James (2008)
|Help American Vote Act (HAVA) Related Litigation
2006: I represented a grassroots organization that brought one of the first challenges to the paperless DRE voting machines against the Department of State.
Coalition for Voting Integrity v. Cortes, Commonwealth Court, Docket No. 23 M.D. 2006
2007: I brought the first recount case challenging the constitutionality of the a DRE voting machine and questioning the ability to actually make a recount through the "little black box" inside the voting machine
In Re: Recount and Recanvass of the Votes for the Office of Council in Tullytown Borough in the 2007 Democratic Primary, Commonwealth Court, Docket No. 1413 C.D. 2007
|First Amendment Litigation
I have successfully represented candidates and local party organizations throughout the Commonwealth in constitutional challenges to municipal sign laws that restrict campaign posters. I have won 70 plus cases in both Federal and state courts on these First Amendment political speech issues.
Recent First Amendment cases include:
Northampton County Democratic Party v. Hanover Twp. et al. 2004 WL 887386 (E.D.Pa.);
Meachem v. Blooming Grove Township et al (Pike County municipalities) USDC MDPA , Docket No. 3:07-CV-1843 (2007);
Kenyatta Johnson et al v. City of Philadelphia, USDC EDPA, Docket No: 08-1748 (2008)
LAWRENCE M. OTTER, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Doylestown, PA (2003-present)
Solo practitioner with statewide practice in election matters and First Amendment issues in state and Federal courts. Administrative agency practice on health care regulatory issues. General business matters and commercial litigation in state and Federal courts.
UPMC HEALTH PLAN, Pittsburgh, PA (2002- 2003)
Director- Government Relations.
OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, Harrisburg, PA (1999-2002)
Senior Deputy Attorney General. Created and organized Health Care Unit.
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, Harrisburg, PA (1994-1999)
Assistant General Counsel. Practice included licensing and regulation of hospitals, nursing homes and managed care organizations. Member of Interstate Task Force on Managed Care Oversight and U.S. Department of Justice Operation Restore Trust Hospital Task Force.
LAW OFFICE OF NATHANIEL P. D’AMICO, Norristown, PA (1993-1994)
Trial Attorney. Trial practice with emphasis on liability and first and third party insurance coverage issues.
GALFAND, BERGER, LURIE & MARCH, Philadelphia, PA (1987-1993)
Senior Trial Attorney.
HARLEYSVILLE MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, Harleysville, PA (1983-1987)
Assistant Litigation Counsel. Managed claims and corporate litigation. Represented carrier in Wolgemuth v. Harleysville, 370 Pa. Super. 125, 535, A.2d 1145, allocatur denied, 551 A.2d 216.
COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, Philadelphia, PA (1981-1982)
Law clerk to Judge Paul Ribner, Chief Homicide Judge. Significant cases included the John McCullough assassination and Officer Daniel Faulkner’s murder by Mumia Abu Jamal.
UNION COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE, Elizabeth, NJ (1979-1981)
BAR ADMISSIONS: Pennsylvania, U. S. District Courts (ED, MD and WD-PA, NJ and MN) and U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Columnist, Politicspa.com (2005 to date)
Faculty, Election and Campaign Finance Law in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Harrisburg and Philadelphia (2005). (Published by PBI, Harrisburg, PA).
Panelist, Health Care Forum, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, Harrisburg PA (2001).
Panelist, Forth Annual Health Care Symposium, Central Penn Business Journal, Harrisburg, PA (2001).
Treatment Delayed, Is Treatment Denied, Is Justice Denied, National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, Washington, D. C. (2001).
Government Regulatory and Enforcement Considerations, Internet Health Care Issues Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (Published by Lorman Business Center, Eau Claire, WI, 2001).
Grievance and Appeals Procedures in the Managed Care World, PA Recovery Organization Alliance Conference, Harrisburg, PA (2000).
Health Care with a Badge-The Attorney General’s Health Care Unit, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA (2000)
Implications of Act 169 on Health Care Facilities, Temple University Institute on Aging, (various locations throughout Pennsylvania, 1999).
Take the Offensive: A Litigator’s Approach to Nursing Home Regulation, Association of Health Facility Survey Agencies National Conference, St. Louis, MO (1998) (Published by AHFSA, Montgomery, AL).
Beverly, Briarcliff & Beyond: A Millennial Review of Federal and State Long Term Care Health Policy, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA (1998) (Published by PBI, Harrisburg, PA).
Health Care Facilities Reporting Requirements, Institute on Aging, sponsored by Temple University, Penn State University & University of Pittsburgh (Various locations throughout Pennsylvania, 1998).
A Legislative, Judicial and Executive Review of Health Policy Initiatives, Pennsylvania Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Meeting, Hershey, PA (1998).
Current Pennsylvania Regulatory and Legal Issues Relating to Long Term care, DOH Division of Nursing Care Facilities, various locations (1997).