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Joseph A. Ott

-University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D. (2013);

  • Moot Court Semi-Finalist Lecturer on First Amendment Law at Graduate and Professional Symposium
  • CALI Award – Future Achievement – First Amendment Law

-Regis University, B.S., B.A., (2010).


Licensed in:

Missouri (2015); E.D. Mo. (2017); S.D. Ill. (2017)

Joseph Ott is the leading trial attorney and founding member of Ott Law Firm, which began in 2017. He has recovered millions of dollars for deserving client using an innovative litigation methodology that emphasizes explicit decision making that benefits clients. Ott Law Firm has litigated cases in state and federal court nationwide and won verdicts in cases for personal injury and workers compensation in addition to under ERISA, the National Banking Act, and numerous state statutes.

In addition, he is the Chief Solutions Architect of Samu Consulting, a programming venture Ott started to develop machine learning and augmented intelligence solutions for legal applications.

Prior to starting his own firm, Ott began his litigation career at Burger Law in (2015-16), and Brown & Crouppen (2016-17).

Ott graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2013, where he was a moot court semi-finalist lecturer on First Amendment Law. During law school he was a summer extern for Mid-Missouri Legal Services in (2012) and a research assistant (2012-13).

His wife Kadriya works as a secretary at Ott Law Firm. During his spare time, he is producing his own music and learning to speak Russian.

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  • American Association for Justice (2017-Current);
  • Member, National Lawyers Guild (2015-Current);
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (2015-Current)


Rising Stars – Top 5% of Attorneys in the State (2017-20)

Mark E. Blankenship Jr.

-Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, LL.M. (2021 expected);

-J. David Rosenberg College of Law at the University of Kentucky, J.D. (2019);

  • Operations Manager, Kentucky Law Journal, Volume 107;
  • Vice President, UK Sports & Entertainment Law Society

-Georgia Southern University, B.A., magna cum laude, (2015)

  • Historian, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (2012-14)


Licensed in:

Missouri (2020); E.D. Mo. (2020)


Mark Edward Blankenship Jr. joined Ott Law Firm as an Associate in April 2021. In addition, he is remotely pursuing a Master of Laws (LL.M.), with an emphasis in intellectual property law, at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law (2019), where he served as the Operations Manager for Volume 107 of the Kentucky Law Journal (the tenth oldest continually published law review in the United States), the Vice President for the UK Sports & Entertainment Law Society, and as a research assistant for Professor Brian L. Frye. During law school he did internships for the Georgia Public Defender, the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville’s Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts (VLPA), and a judicial externship for Hon. Kimberly N. Bunnell of the Fayette County Circuit Court in Lexington, KY.

Blankenship has written various legal excerpts and other scholarship for: Center for the Study of Law & Religion at Emory University, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, Arizona State Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Illinois Business Law Journal, UIC Review of Intellectual Property Law (formerly John Marshall RIPL), and Kentucky Law Journal Online.

Prior to law school, he graduated magna cum laude from Georgia Southern University with a B.A. in Music (percussion emphasis), and a minor in Business.


Academic Publications:

  • A Horse Walks into a Bar: Comparing Easterbrook’s Criticized Cyberlaw Analogy to the Study of Alcoholic Beverage Law & Regulation, 25 Ill. Bus. L.J. 41 (2020).
  • Harry Potter & the “Chinese” Philosopher’s Stone: Deconstructing Copyright Piracy Through Shanzhai, 19 UIC Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 101 (2020).
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