Stephan K. Otto is an attorney and the director of legislative affairs for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In this capacity, he oversees the development of animal protection laws at the local, state and federal levels. Mr. Otto is the author of various animal protection bills, statutes and ordinances, including a first-in-the-nation law which statutorily recognizes the connection between those who are violent toward animals and those who are violent toward humans. His articles on animal protection laws have been published in the Animal Law Review; he is the editor and publisher of the 2,800+ page animal laws compendium, Animal Protection Laws of the United States of America & Canada, Model Animal Protection Laws collection, and State & Provincial Rankings Reports; and he speaks on a variety of animal-related issues at hearings and presentations across the country. Mr. Otto lives in Portland, Oregon, and is a member of the Oregon and Washington Bars.