Fred Otto – Park Ridge Estate Planning Attorney

Fred Otto |

Otto & Settanni, P.C.

(847) 698-1160

3 South Prospect Avenue
Suite 206
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Fred Otto | Otto & Settanni, P.C.


Firm Summary

For almost 40 years, Frederick J. Otto has been advising individuals, business, and charitable organizations. He brings a rare and valuable perspective to client matters, holding advanced degrees in both taxation and intellectual property.

Representative accomplishments during his career include:

  • Negotiating and closing various multimillion dollar deals involving the sale of corporate assets in the chemical, medical, and computer fields.
  • Assisting clients in developing raw ideas into companies with multimillion dollar yearly revenues in fields as diverse as cellular tower construction, general contracting, chemicals, manufacturing, and excavating.
  • Recovering over $600,000 for clients defrauded in a securities transaction.
  • Preparing public offering for an oil and gas developer that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as multiple state securities departments.
  • Counseling clients in estate planning, and estate and trust administration. He has served as a trustee for several client’s trust agreements, and has been responsible for investing portfolios as large as $10 million.
  • Serving as general counsel to chemical research and development company.

Mr. Otto is proud to be both a Park Ridge resident and business owner. Contact him today to discuss your legal issues. He concentrates his practice in the following areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Business Formation & Small Business Counseling
  • Corporate Law
  • Securities
  • Patents, Copyrights, & Trademarks
  • Real Estate Law


  • LL.M., Intellectual Property, John Marshall Law School, 1990
  • LL.M., Taxation, DePaul University College of Law, 1983
  • J.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1973
  • B.S., Mathematics & Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1971


  • Certified Public Accountant, 1981
  • Bar Admissions:
  • Illinois, 1973
  • Nebraska, 1973 (Inactive)
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (1984)


  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1991)
  • Federal Tax Court (1984)


  • Who owns the copyright in software after CCNV v. Reid? Mertens Law of Federal Income Taxation Highlights, September 1990.


  • Rotary District Governor, District 6450 (“Birth Place of Rotary”), 2000-2001
  • Rotary Recreational & Vocational Fellowship of Law, Chairman, 1998-2005; Secretary 2007-Present
  • Paul and Jean Harris’ Home Foundation, trustee and museum founder.