Profile

Dennis Otten is a partner in the firm’s Public Finance and Utilities Groups, concentrating his practice in municipal finance, utility regulation and economic development. He advises municipalities, conservancy districts, corporations and regional districts on taxable and tax-exempt financings, proceedings for regulatory approvals before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, and economic development matters, including tax abatements and tax increment financing. He received his B.A. from Indiana University and his juris doctorate, cum laude, from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law – Indianapolis. He was the recipient of the Indianapolis Bar Association 2003 Young Lawyer of the Year Award and is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association. Dennis has provided numerous presentations on municipal finance and utility matters, including presentations before Accelerate Indiana Municipalities, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water, Indiana Waterworks Association and Indiana Rural Water Association.

Education

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law – Indianapolis (J.D., cum laude, 1998)
Indiana University (B.A., 1994)

Honors / Awards

Best Lawyers® 2016 Indianapolis Lawyer of the Year, Public Finance Law; The Best Lawyers in America® 2011-2021; Indianapolis Bar Association 2003 Young Lawyer of the Year Award

Appearances / Publications

Summary of RDC Reporting Actions” Bose McKinney & Evans Client Alert (2019); “U.S. Security and Exchange Commission Changes to Rule 15c2-12” Bose McKinney & Evans Client Alert (2019); “Waterworks Rate Setting and Project Financing”, Indiana Rural Water Association (2011, 2010); “Ensuring Adequate Revenues To Maintain Utilities”, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (2010); “Elimination of Outside City Subsidies”, Indiana American Waterworks Association (2008); “Bond Issues and Accounting”, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (2008); “Current Trends in Rate Making”, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (2007); “Show Me the Money – How to Fund Your Project”, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water (2007); “Basic Legal Concepts For Establishing Utility Rates”, Indiana Bar Association (2006); “Waterworks Rate Increases”, Indiana Rural Water Association (2006)

Appointments / Memberships

Member: National Association of Bond Lawyers; Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association; Boone County Economic Development Corporation Government Affairs Committee; former member, Indianapolis Bar Association (former chair of the Young Lawyer’s Division); former member, Indiana State Bar Association (vice chair of Government Law Division, former board member of Utility Law)

Admissions

Indiana