Larry D. Ottaway

Mediator | Arbitrator | Attorney

Areas of Expertise -- Auto Negligence, Business, Employment, Environmental, Insurance & Bad Faith, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Negligence

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As regional counsel for several international corporations, Larry Ottaway has defended and tried product liability cases in California, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, New York, Nevada, Wyoming, and his home state of Oklahoma.

Ottaway’s practice involves the defense of medical and legal professional liability cases, including lawsuits over transfusion-related AIDS cases, defense of drug and medical device manufacturers, products liability, insurance and bad faith.


  • University of Oklahoma School of Law, Norman, OK -- Juris Doctor, 1974

  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK -- Bachelor of Arts Degree (with honors), 1971

Teaching Positions

  • University of Oklahoma School of Law, Continuing Legal Education and College of Advocacy

  • International Association of Defense Counsel School of Trial Advocacy, Boulder, Colorado

  • American Bar Association TIPS Trial Academy, Reno, Nevada


  • Masters in Trial (American Board of Trial Advocates — Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Florida, Ohio, California, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Illinois), 1990 – 2006

  • Speaker, Insurance Law Update -2006: Insurance Bad Faith Litigation — Tales From the Trenches (Oklahoma Bar Association, 2006)

  • Speaker, Top Guns Face Off: Trying an Auto Accident Case (Oklahoma Bar Association, 2005)

  • Speaker, A Critical Update on the Class Action Fairness Act in Oklahoma (Oklahoma Bar Association, 2005)

  • Speaker, Mealey’s Bad Faith Conference: What is “Bad Faith,” and What Happens When “Bad Faith” Meets the Jury? (Philadelphia, PA, 2004)

  • Speaker, Insurance Law Update: Bad Faith Litigation (Oklahoma Bar Association, 2002)

  • Speaker, Malpractice Issues Associated with General Nursing (Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation, 1998)

  • Speaker, Masters of the Courtroom: Selecting A Winning Jury (Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, 1997)

  • Speaker, Essential Ingredients for Winning at Trial: Closings Arguments — Defendant’s Perspective (Oklahoma Bar Association, 1997)

  • Speaker, Discovery in Products Liability Case (Oklahoma Bar Association, 1995)

  • Speaker, Civil Trial Practice: Voir Dire (Oklahoma Bar Association, 1993)

  • Speaker, Oklahoma Products Liability Forum: Federal Preemption — Expanding Shield for Manufacturers (Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association and University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1993)

  • Speaker, Medicine on Trial: A Risk Management Presentation (Continental Insurance, 1993)

  • Speaker, Medical Malpractice: Evidentiary Strategies, Including Use of Demonstrative Evidence (Oklahoma Bar Association, 1991)

  • Speaker, Pretrial to Trial — A Team Approach: Utilization of Legal Assistants at Trial
    (The Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, 1990)

Professional Affiliations

  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN)

  • American Bar Association – Litigation Section

  • Oklahoma Bar Association – Past Delegate

  • Oklahoma Bar Foundation – Past Board Member

  • Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel

  • Defense Research Institute

  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Advocate, President of Oklahoma Chapter, National Director, Recipient of Masters in Trial Award 1999

  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow

  • American Inns of Court - William J. Holloway, Jr. Chapter - Barrister Emeritus

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers – Fellow, 2006


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