Otto G. Obermaier

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Otto G. Obermaier
United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
In office
September 1989 – February 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byBenito Romano (Acting)
Succeeded byMary Jo White
Personal details
Born (1936-04-16) April 16, 1936 (age 82)
New York City
EducationManhattan College (A.B.)
Georgetown University Law Center (LL.B.)

Otto George Obermaier (born April 16, 1936) was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from September 1989 until February 1993.[1] He was appointed to this position by George H. W. Bush.

Obermaier was raised in Manhattan. He graduated from Xavier High School and then received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College.[2] After this Obermaier became an examiner for the United States Patent Office and studied law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He later served as a law clerk to Judge Richard H. Levet.

During the 1960s Obermaier was an assistant district attorney under Robert M. Morgenthau. Among the cases Obermaier prosecuted was that of Johnny Dioguardi a member of the Lucchese criminal family. In 1970 he entered private practice as a defense attorney, primarily in white collar cases.

Obermaier served for a time as a chief trial counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was also an associate counsel to the Knapp Commission.[3]

In 2006, he established a law firm with John S. Martin Jr., also a former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.[4]


  1. ^ Perez-Pena, Richard (December 3, 1992). "U.S. Attorney Leaving Post In Manhattan". New York Times.
  2. ^ McFadden, Robert D. (January 21, 1989). "Otto George Obermaier; Defender Who Would Be Prosecutor". New York Times.
  3. ^ "Otto Obermaier Named To Replace Giuliani". New York Times. September 23, 1989.
  4. ^ Martin and Obermaier bio