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2022 Unsung Legal Heroes: Dolores R. “Dolo” Otto

Firm Administration: Administrative director, Baty Otto Coronado Scheer

Dolo Otto oversees the administrative functions of her firm. It’s a job that includes facilities management; human resources; financial, accounting, and payroll processes; benefits administration; information technology and marketing and advertising.

And, of course, over the last two years she helped the firm navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, a task she said “requires flexibility, compassion and courage.”

Baty Otto Coronado Scheer has offices in Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield, and Otto has helped move all three of them while integrating new lawyers into the firm.

“There are a lot of moving parts to office moves and to successfully onboarding multiple individuals,” she said. “Each move went very well.”

What led you to choose a career in the legal field?

Happenstance and opportunity. I was at a career crossroads, and I knew someone who knew someone. Having the name of “Otto” helped. Each of my 13 siblings (including two lawyers) has a reputation for working hard and working smart. I have a long history of administrative leadership, first for a U.S. Senator, then for an international public relations conglomerate, and finally for a highly regarded financial planning firm. I came to the legal field, bringing a well-rounded base of knowledge that is important to success anywhere.

What is the best part of your job?

Nudging people to be the best they can be and helping them to gather the tools and the confidence that they need to do it.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Life will throw you curves, and it is best to accelerate into them. And, everyone needs to leave an organization at some point in time, and you will know when.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I grew up on a farm in mid-Missouri without running water and no indoor bathroom. It added a certain nuance to winter in The Show-Me State! Thankfully, times have changed.

Unsung Legal Heroes 2022