Joe Otterstetter – Managing Counsel & Associate General Counsel – 3M
As managing counsel for 3M Legal Affairs, Joe Otterstetter leads a diverse set of initiatives aimed at enhancing 3M’s efficiency and effectiveness. In this capacity, Joe has helped create and steward 3M’s Preferred Counsel Network, launch the legal department’s data analytics function, develop legal process improvement initiative, among various other operational initiatives. Prior to taking the reins as managing counsel, Joe held a number of positions at 3M, dating back to 1989.
He has served as legal adviser to more than 30 different 3M divisions, lived and worked in the United Kingdom and Europe where he supported 3M’s chemical, industrial, and electronics businesses, helped establish 3M’s operations in the Middle East and North Africa, and served as primary business group counsel for 3M’s Industrial, Transportation, and Safety & Security Systems business groups.
Joe is a passionate supporter of community engagement and pro bono initiatives. For more than 20 years, Joe has served as a volunteer lawyer for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, a Twin Cities-based legal civil legal services provider, and the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans.