Ric Ottaiano graduated from Rutgers University (N.J.) with degrees in English and Business. He then earned his J.D. from McGeorge School of Law - UOP (Sacramento). From there he went on to practice law at Lynberg and Watkins as a trial attorney and became managing partner of the firm's Orange County office until his retirement from the firm in January of 2019. He began teaching at Saddleback College in 2016.