Wilbur McCoy Otto is a graduate of Dickinson College and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. Otto is a former shareholder in the Pittsburgh office and former Chairman and CEO of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. He chaired the firm’s Health Law Business Group and co-chaired the Medical Malpractice Defense Group. His practice is focused on self-insurance, captive and RRG company establishment and the management of Hospitals and physicians for a number of community-based hospitals and assisted living centers in Pennsylvania. He was the first attorney to utilize videotaped deposition testimony in the United States in both federal and state courts (1969-70). Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and as Assistant Professor of Law, U.S. Military Academy at West Point between 1961-1965. While at West Point, Otto was asked to revise the regulations relating to the Academy and having had two daughters born at West Point recommended that admission to the Academy be opened to women. His proposed revision was approved and seven years later West Point led the academies in admitting women to the Corps. Otto is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a fellow in the International Society of Barristers and past president of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. He serves as Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health Professions. Previously he served as adjunct faculty member for the Trial Advocacy Institutes at the University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne Law School. Otto was the first trial lawyer in the United States to utilize video testimony in civil jury trials.
“I have had the high privilege and honor of practicing law in Allegheny County among a bar and trial lawyers who are among the most professional, dedicated, and skillful in the U.S. I’ve helped to establish quality healthcare systems in Pittsburgh, with emphasis on patient safety, and helped to pioneer captive insurance programs worldwide to serve these systems. I’ve also helped to accomplish peaceful resolutions among parish churches within the Episcopal Church of America. Together with my great colleagues, we helped Dickie, McCamey and Chilcote to develop and grow into one of the nation’s largest and best litigation defense and healthcare service firms. In 1965, I helped to create a number of sport competitions among our firm’s lawyers and clients, including tennis competitions (which is where I am tonight!).