Sam D. Ott is Executive Vice President of Glia Group, Inc. Prior to joining Glia, Sam was General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of BancFirst Corporation, a financial holding company and BancFirst, the largest state-chartered institution in Oklahoma with over 76 locations in 51 communities. Before his association with BancFirst, Sam served as Assistant General Counsel for The First National Bank and Trust Company of Oklahoma City and General Counsel for both First Interstate Bank of Oklahoma and Boatmen's Bank of Oklahoma.
As an in-house banking attorney, Sam responded daily to questions raised by bank personnel on topics ranging from financial privacy, bank fraud, customer accounts, trust matters and loan preparation issues, to garnishments, levies and the UCC. He oversaw all legal matters for the organizations on banking rules and regulations, commercial law, securities law, labor law, real estate bankruptcy and insurance activities. In addition he analyzed, counseled and advised management on the legal implications of major operational and strategic decisions. Sam originated, drafted and disseminated bank policies and procedures governing the activities of the entities. In addition to these functions, he developed and taught numerous seminars regarding the Uniform Commercial Code with special emphasis on Articles 3, 4 and 9.
He is a member of the American, Georgia and Oklahoma Bar Associations and has served as President of both the Banking and Financial Law Section and the House Counsel Section of the OBA. Sam is a co-author of Commentary on the Uniform Commercial Code, as enacted in Oklahoma, regarding Articles 3,4,5, and 6. In addition, he is member of the Oklahoma Legislative Review Committees for Articles 2, 2A, 9 and UCITA.
During his 18 year banking career, he has reviewed and advised management on over 20 acquisitions, 10 dispositions, 7 formations, 15 mergers, 3 consolidations and 3 liquidations of subsidiaries and divisions.
Prior to his banking experience, Sam served as General Counsel of the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation, Inc. and the Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance Company where he provided daily legal counsel concerning, business, planning, contracts, legislation and insurance regulations to the President and Board of Directors. He also prepared and conducted Estate Planning and Oil and Gas Leasing seminars for the organizations membership. Additional professional experience includes serving as a Small Business and Minority Business Department Executive for the Small Business Development Center of the University of Georgia. Prior to moving to Georgia, he was the International Business Development Coordinator for the State of Oklahoma, Department of Industrial Development.