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Otto F. Feil
Otto F. Feil, a native of Atlanta, obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Yale University in 1973. He attended law school at the University of Georgia where he obtained his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1976. While at the University of Georgia, Otto served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgia Law Review, and he was named a member of the Order of the Coif.
In 1976, Otto joined the Atlanta firm of Troutman, Sanders, Lockerman & Ashmore, where he practiced in the litigation and banking sections of that firm. In 1979, Otto left the larger firm to join Tom Chorey and John Taylor in the newly established firm that would become Chorey, Taylor and Feil P.C., where they practiced for more than twenty years. In October 2010, John and Otto, together with their colleagues, founded their new firm, Taylor, Feil, Harper, Lumsden & Hess, P.C.
Otto is a trial lawyer with more than thirty years' experience. He has litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has appeared on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in a broad variety of litigation disputes. Although his litigation practice is not limited to any narrow area, he has particularly strong experience with respect to complex business disputes, including disputes involving contracts, business torts, fraud, intellectual property, securities, franchising, finance, and commercial real estate. He also has litigated numerous adversary proceedings and contested matters in bankruptcy cases.
In addition to his litigation practice, Otto has throughout his career advised clients with respect to a wide range of business, regulatory, and financial matters. These matters include representation concerning creditors' rights, business reorganizations, and workouts, where Otto draws upon his extensive experience in business bankruptcy cases and commercial banking.
Along with John Taylor and Max Hess, Otto has also played a leading role in the firm's alcohol beverage practice. For many years, he has represented clients in this industry with respect to regulatory matters, contract negotiation, and litigation.
Otto also advises manufacturers and other businesses concerning issues pertaining to distribution, marketing, and government regulation. Such matters include representation with respect to dealer agreements, product warranties, franchising, and dealer terminations.
Otto also has experience in the area of Sports and Entertainment. Otto has represented athletes and entertainers on a broad variety of matters over the years. He and the firm currently represent the nation's largest professional wrestling organization as regional counsel.
Since 1992, Otto has taught trial advocacy skills to other trial lawyers in his capacity as a faculty member at the National Trial Advocacy College held annually at The University of Virginia School of Law. In 2010, he received the Brennan Award for his work in teaching trial advocacy. Otto was named by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine to the Georgia Super Lawyers list from 2007 to the present. Otto has been rated "AV" by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, its highest rating, for many years.
- Alcoholic Beverage Industry
- Appellate Litigation
- Banking and Financial Institutions
- Business Contracts
- Business Formation and Structuring
- Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Commercial Real Estate
- Creditors Rights and Bankruptcy
- Franchise and Distribution
- Health Care
- Hospitality Industry
- Insurance Coverage
- Intellectual Property
- International Law
- Product Liability and Related Issues
- Real Estate Litigation
- Securities Regulation, Business Alliances and Corporate Finance
- Sports and Enterainment
- University of Georgia, J.D., magna cum laude (1976)
- Yale University, B.A. (1973)
Bar and Court Admissions
- Georgia State Bar
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- State Bar of Georgia
- Atlanta Bar Association
- Master, The Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court