Samantha Stecker Otero

Of Counsel

Samantha (“Sam”) Otero represents executives and employers in all aspects of employment law.  She has extensive trial experience in federal and state courts across the Commonwealth, and routinely defends management before state and federal agencies in employment-related disputes.

Sam advises clients on the requirements they face in the areas of hiring, promotions, layoffs, discipline, EEOC complaints, discrimination, overtime, leave and benefits, and also handles allegations of harassment and disputes arising out of employment contracts, including covenants not to compete.


  • 2014 Benjamin R. Lacy, IV Pro Bono Clearinghouse Volunteer
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor, 2014
  • Virginia Business, "Legal Elite," Labor/Employment, 2005-2006, 2008-2009, 2011-2014
  • Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law - Management, 2012-2016, for Employment Law - Individuals, 2014-2016, and for Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2014-2016

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association; Executive Council, Young Lawyers Division, 1996-1999
  • Commonwealth Parenting, Board of Directors, President, 2013
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Children's Museum of Richmond (2016-2019)

Publications and Presentations

  • Best Practices in the Hiring Process, Commonwealth Contractors Group Self-Insurance Association, 2015
  • Let’s Get Practical: A discussion of common employment issues, Richmond Medical Group Managers Association, 2014
  • Getting the 'Skinny' on Applicant and Employees, Richmond, Virginia 2013
  • Human Resource Compliance for the Small Business Owner, Lexington, Virginia, 2013
  • Top Issues in Employment Law, Hanover Chamber of Commerce, 2012
Practice Areas
Contact Information

1111 East Main Street
Suite 2100
P.O. Box 796
Richmond, Virginia 23218-0796

call (804) 775-3868

fax (804) 775-7290

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  • William & Mary Law School, J.D., Articles Editor, Bill of Rights Journal
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., Art History and Italian
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

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