Environmental Lawyer Manages Risk for Clients

Camille Otero’s extensive legal experience in federal and state environmental litigation has drawn her to some of the highest profile cases in New Jersey and New York.

Known for strategically managing environmental risk associated with manufacturing operations, Otero is a Director in the Real Property & Environmental Department at Gibbons P.C.

She’s been involved in high-profile cleanups and litigation relating to prominent waterways in New Jersey and New York as part of a Gibbons team representing numerous clients in matters involving the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Otero has experience in assisting clients in remediation activities and compliance, environmental due diligence in corporate and real estate transactions and environmental litigation. She also represents clients in complex contract litigations involving legacy environmental liability resulting from the release of hazardous substances into the environment, and enforcement proceedings concerning permit and other alleged environmental violations, often reducing or eliminating her clients’ exposure and liability.

In representing a group of manufacturers in a 300+ party sediment contamination lawsuit, Otero was instrumental in forging a favorable settlement. She serves on various committees, including the Executive Committee, charged with developing legal strategy to advance the interests of Gibbons’ clients and those of third-party defendants in the same joint defense group.

In yet another of her cases, representing the world’s largest car rental service provider, she formulated strategies to avoid litigation, extricate her client from potential cleanup obligations under a lease, and avoid future obligations through a beneficial sale of the property.

Otero is a member of the Gibbons Women’s Initiative, helping develop educational programs covering various legal and business topics, plus civic, social, and cultural networking opportunities, for firm attorneys and corporate women executives.

She holds a BS from Bloomfield College and JD from Rutgers School of Law, where she was managing business editor of Computer & Technology Law Journal. She lives by the words “only a fool trips over what’s behind them. Learn from the past, live in the present, and hope for the future.”