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Steven Otto Named a Top Attorney

May 10, 2023 CGS3 General

SAN DIEGO –  Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson (CGS3) partner Steven Otto has been named one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys for 2023 by SD Metro, a leading San Diego business publication. 

Well-deserving of this accolade, Otto joined the real estate transactions group at CGS3 as a partner in 2021.  Prior to his association with CGS3, he worked for Pinnacle West Capital Corporation as a senior attorney and for several top tier San Diego law firms, including Latham and Watkins and Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps (now Dentons), where he became a partner.

Adept at structuring complex transactions, his experience spans acquisition, development, leasing, licensing and sale of office, industrial and retail portfolios, and mixed-use office/retail projects.  He has successfully negotiated numerous master developer and merchant builder agreements as well as private party development agreements for retail shopping complexes and residential developments.  His clients have included international firms and public companies, REITs, developers, and private joint ventures.  Furthermore, he has played a key role in supporting one of the largest nuclear power generating sites in the country.  With a unique ability to handle out-of-the-box deals, he frequently draws upon his engineering degree from the United States Naval Academy, as well as his military service, to develop solutions to complex issues and deal structures.

A member of NAIOP and Lambda Alpha International, in addition to the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and the UC San Diego Rady Network, he holds an M.B.A. from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

About Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3)

CGS3 is a recognized leader among a new generation of commercial real estate law firms with practice areas covering the entire commercial real estate life cycle, including finance, acquisition/disposition, entity formation, tax, development, land use, leasing, distressed asset workouts and dispute resolution.  Earning a reputation as one of California’s leading commercial real estate law firms, CGS3 continues to recruit some of the state’s top real estate attorneys from both large corporate firms and senior in-house positions.  For more information, visit