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Michelle Otero Valdes

Michelle Otero Valdes

Practice areas:

Admiralty & Maritime, Contracts & Agreements, International Law, Insurance

About Me

I enjoy boating, fishing, snokeling, diving, beachgoing or any other activity that involves the water.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Admiralty & Maritime: 80%
    20 years
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 10%
    20 years
  3. Insurance: 5%
    20 years
  4. International Law: 5%
    20 years



Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

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    Ms. Otero is aggressive, professional at all times, and knows the law. She also keeps her promises and does not abuse the discovery process. I would not hesitate to refer clients to her or negotiate with her in good faith.


    Stephen Moon Admiralty & Maritime Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Chalos & Co, P.C.

141 Almeria Avenue
Coral Gables, FL, 33134


FLMember in Good Standing199405/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Board Certified Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer since 2007Florida Bar2010

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerChalos & Co, P.C.2012 - Present
PartnerHouck Anderson, PA2006 - 2012
Claims ExecutiveThomas Miller (Miami) Inc.1997 - 2005
Associate AttorneyUnderwood, Karcher, Karcher & Anderson, P.A.1994 - 1997

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Boat & Yacht CouncilMember2009 - Present
Dade County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Women's International Shipping & Trading Association USAMember2007 - Present
The Florida Bar Admiralty and Maritime Law Certification CommitteeMember2007 - Present
Women's International Shipping & Trading AssociationMember2000 - Present
The Maritime Law Association of the United StatesProctor Member1998 - Present
The Florida Bar Admiralty Law CommitteeMember1995 - Present
Dade County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
U.S. Circuit Court for the Eleventh Circuit Court of AppealsN/A1995 - Present
Florida BarMember1994 - Present
Southeastern Admiralty Law InstituteMemberN/A
International Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Connecticut Maritime AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Homen v. SCM Tepuy IICourt granted our Motion to Dismiss for forum non
Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Inc. v. Rolls Royce, PLC, et alCourt denied Defs' Motion to Compel Arbitration
Corley v. Osprey Ship ManagementCourt granted our motion to transfer venue

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Publication NameTitleDate
Maritime Law and PracticeMarine InsuranceN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Thomas University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Florida International UniversityInternational BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1989

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Florida Bar Admiralty Law CommitteeCase Analysis of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. v Regal Beloit Corp2010
American Institute of Marine UnderwritersAIMU Clause Comparison Project2010
Marina Operators' LiabilityThe Tripartite Analysis of Maritime Workers2008
American Institute of Marine Underwriters SeminarMarina Operator's Liability2008
Marine InsuranceMarine Insurance2006
Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee MeetingP&I Clubs and What They Cover2006
Pollution Liability Under OPA 90 and CLC ConventionsPollution Liability Under OPA 90 and CLC Conventions2001
Cia. Sud Americana de VaporesHandling Freight Demurrage and Defense Claims2001
Global Transporte OceanicoSeaman's Claims in the United States1999