James L. Otway is admitted to practice in the Courts of the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. He has practiced primarily in the First Judicial Circuit (Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties) for more than thirty years. During that time, he has handled matters for people and businesses of the Lower Eastern Shore involving serious personal injury, commercial, business and contract disputes as well as a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including employment law, civil rights and discrimination, shareholder disputes, real property, and estates and trusts.
Mr. Otway was elected a Fellow by the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2003. The American College is widely considered to be the premier professional organization for attorneys. The American College, founded in 1950, is “composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is by invitation, extended only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial attorneys who have demonstrated exceptional skill as advocates and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, and civility.”
Mr. Otway has been awarded an AV rating by the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers of Martindale-Hubbell. The Bar Register is limited to only the most distinguished law practitioners, those that have achieved an “AV” rating. The “A” signifies the highest level of legal ability; the “V” denotes very high adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence. He has also been named to the list of Maryland’s elite “Super Lawyers” in the area of personal injury every year since 2008.
Mr. Otway has been involved in both his profession and his community as a volunteer. He has been a member of the Wicomico County Bar Association (Past President), Maryland Association of Justice (Past Board of Governors Member), Maryland Court of Appeals Professionalism Commission, Maryland State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He continues to serve as a Character Examiner for the Maryland Board of Law Examiners for the First Judicial Circuit. His community activities include volunteer positions with the Life Crisis Center (Board member and Past Chairman), Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross (Board Member), Greater Salisbury Committee (Member) and he currently serves on the Board of the Salisbury University Foundation and as a Trustee and Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Wicomico County Public Libraries.
Jim lives in Salisbury with his wife, Kathleen, a high school English teacher.