Attorney Joe Otte Pittsburgh Allegheny County


Joe’s work focuses exclusively on criminal defense. As a member of the criminal defense bar, Joe has dedicated his time and energy to both private cases and court appointments. Joe has experience in every stage of the criminal prosecution and will accept cases in both federal court and state court.


Joe has been a member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel in the Western District of Pennsylvania since 2019. As a CJA Panel member, Joe is entrusted by the federal courts with defending complex federal criminal cases. If you are presently the subject or target of a federal investigation and are not sure whether you can afford an attorney, please contact the Federal Defender to see whether you will qualify for court-appointed counsel.


Outside of court, Joe is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s criminal litigation section where he is an active leader in seeking to reform the criminal justice system in Allegheny County.


Prior to law school, Joe worked at as a legislative aide in the Ohio Senate. While a legislative aide, Joe drafted and assisted in the drafting of numerous pieces of legislation.


Joe is not a “SuperLawyer,” “Best Lawyer,” “Top 100 Trial Attorney,” “Avvo highly-rated lawyer,” or any other type of paid-for-accolade lawyer.


Joe’s non-law interests include cooking and making amazing cocktails.