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Camille V. Otero

Camille V. Otero

Chair, Environmental

Ms. Otero focuses her practice primarily on environmental litigation, as well as environmental due diligence in real estate and corporate transactions, remediation, and compliance. She has represented clients in an array of litigation matters involving environmental liabilities arising from corporate transactions, indemnification contracts, and related successor liability disputes; and in public and private party suits under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (Spill Act), and the New Jersey Landfill Closure Act, as well as under common law. She also has extensive experience assisting buyers, sellers, and developers in remediation activities, compliance, and environmental due diligence related to corporate and real estate transactions. She also has represented clients in matters related to petroleum franchise law and toxic tort litigation arising from alleged exposure to petroleum contamination and hazardous substances.

Areas of Focus

Environmental Litigation

The components of her practice include:

  • Litigation arising from the spill, release, discharge, and/or migration of hazardous substances into the environment, as well as enforcement proceedings concerning permit and other violations and alleged non-compliance with Administrative Consent Orders, including all aspects of litigation, from drafting pleadings and developing case strategy to conducting discovery and presenting oral argument at motion hearings
  • Negotiation of settlement agreements between private parties and Consent Decrees with the NJDEP and USEPA

Remediation, Compliance, and Environmental Due Diligence

  • Works with clients’ in-house environmental and technical personnel and outside environmental consultants on investigation and remediation of contaminated sites
  • Assists clients with troubleshooting and facility compliance issues
  • Conducts due diligence investigations in real estate transactions

Credentials

Education

Rutgers School of Law - Newark (J.D.)

  • Managing Business Editor, Computer & Technology Law Journal

Bloomfield College (B.S., summa cum laude)

Professional Admissions

State of New Jersey

State of New York

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Professional Activities

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Law Alert blog (www.rpelawalert.com)
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