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Victor John Otten

Environmental and natural resources Attorney at Chino Hills, CA

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

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About Victor

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Victor J. Otten has been a licensed attorney for over 21 years and is the firm’s senior partner. Mr. Otten’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation including, environmental and land use law, real estate law, business law, criminal defense of environmental crimes, and related matters.


Mr. Otten the attorneys employed by the firm have achieved significant success in their legal careers. Recently, Mr. Otten and co-counsel, Kurt Franklin, obtained a published appellate opinion in the case Spencer v. Mowat 46 1024 (2020) which was published. The Appellate Court held that tortious acts in which individual members of a surf gang were alleged to have conspired, namely obstructing outsiders’ access to beach trails, were not protected speech or petitioning activity for purposes of member's anti-SLAPP motion. Mr. Otten and co-counsel, Don Kilmer, won the case Silvester v. Harris, 41 F. Supp. 3d 927, 2014. The trial court found that the 10-day waiting period law governing the purchase of a firearm violated the Second Amendment as applied to certain people. 


Prior to forming Otten Law  – Mr. Otten worked for Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich where his practice focused primarily on environmental litigation. Mr. Otten then went on to work for Trutanich-Michel LLP as Special Counsel from 2000 through May 2009, where he handled complex business, environmental, real estate, and landlord/tenant matters in state and federal courts from inception through trial and appeal. During this time, Mr. Otten worked on several high profile cases and clients which gained the firm media attention. He obtained a published appellate opinion in the case Michel v. Moore and Associates Inc., Case No. B183165, addressing disclosures in the real estate context and was selected as an Environmental Super Lawyer, Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, in 2009.


After Mr. Trutanich was elected Los Angeles City Attorney, Mr. Otten worked for Michel & Associates as Special Counsel from June 2009 until mid-October 2010.


From 1994 through 1996, Mr. Otten worked for Joseph Fedorowsky and Associates where he represented indigent tenants against slum landlords in actions alleging violations of state habitability laws, mold exposure and civil rights violations. Mr. Otten handled cases from inception through jury trial.


During and after law school, Mr. Otten was employed by the Los Angeles defense firm of McGarry, Laufenberg & Raders where he defended personal injury claims including those related to asbestos exposure.


After being admitted to the Bar, Mr. Otten acquired trial experience prosecuting criminal cases for the City of Torrance.


While in law school, Mr. Otten clerked with the Los Angeles Municipal Court where he conducted legal research and drafted tentative rulings on law and motion matters. He also clerked for the nonprofit environmental “Surfrider Foundation’s” general counsel, Mark Massara.


Mr. Otten resides in Palos Verdes California where he enjoys surfing and riding his two mules Jessie and Ruby. He is an active member of the equestrian community and currently writes for the Equestrian Times and Mules and More Magazine.

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5857 Pine Avenue, Suite B
Chino Hills, CA, 91709


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Posted by Anthony Joseph Coumes 9099731636 | September 19, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Please contact me
Please would you contact me at 9099731636 because I am facing a lockout issue from my home and all my property was thrown away and all my pets were gone. There is no way to contact you on Avvo so this is the only way I can think to contact you. Please contact me. I desperately need help.
Posted by Ezi | January 4, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I was referred to Mr. Otten by my environmental consultant who was concerned with the way the attorney that was representing me was handling the case. The owner of a neighboring property sued my dry-cleaning business for allegedly contaminating his property and the case was very complicated and a lot of money was on the line. I replaced my previous attorney with Mr. Otten and immediately noticed the difference. Environmental law is extremely specialized and completely over the head of the attorney that I was using. Mr. Otten and his environmental consultant, Earth Sciences, quickly got the case in a position to settle. Mr. Otten was exactly the type of attorney I needed. A sharp, responsive , aggressive, dedicated, and confident Attorney. Getting sued is not fun, but Mr. Otten got me out of a jam at a reasonable price.
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Posted by Mahsa | February 9, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Truly appreciate his time!
I have never seen any lawyer to spend that much time and patiently help during the process. His honestly is exceptional.
Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent - Life Saver!
Mr. Otten and his staff were incredibly supportive and empathetic to my situation and helped me get justice when I had jus about given up. He went above and beyond my expectations-I really felt like I had a true advocate. He is a true champion for his clients and was unrelenting in his pursuit for justice. I can’t recommend him enough-he was able to achieve what I thought would be impossible. Fearless and committed, Vic and his team are the best. Thank you!!!
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Posted by carlos alva | March 25, 2013
Slick Vic!
I have nothing to worry about with Victor Otten on my side! he took care of everything from day 1 he told me not to worry and that he would find a way to beat the case. I trusted him and he came through.saved me $$$$$$ and alot of stress.
Posted by Josh | November 29, 2012
Honest, friendly, helpful. Can't say enough about Vic and partner Brigid
As a small business owner I'm very wary of the people I deal with. I'm frugal and anxious about working with attorneys among other vendors that tend to create large expenses for me. After having a competitor run rampant with a malicious slander campaign against my business I knew I'd be forced to hire an attorney. Vic immediately put me at ease by taking calls, giving advice, and sending out some initial letters for me...without charge!!! No, I'm not kidding. The guy is just nice and he was doing the right thing. Of course I have been using him since and I have no qualms about paying for his services when they're needed for contracts, legal advice or otherwise. It's nice to know that there are some honest attorneys out there that are worthy of confidence and trust. I recommend Vic to everyone I know that needs legal services.
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Posted by J.I. | July 22, 2012
Environmental / CEQA expertise
Mr. Otten is very knowledgeable about the CA environmental review process (CEQA) and worked with me and a friend to help us understand how to hold cities accountable for conducting sufficient environmental review on actions. He explained how to block city actions from proceeding when they failed to adequately comply with CEQA. Specifically, we have been focused on proposed city actions to remove and/or top trees. Throughout the time I've been working with him, he has provided timely and thorough responses to my questions, worked extremely hard, has been very strategic in his approach, and has been a pleasure to work with. If you work with him, you'll know that he is on your side 100% and dedicated. He treats clients more as friends, not as $ signs.
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Posted by Mike | July 21, 2012
I cannot explain how excellent Vic is. I had a case where a jeweler wrote an appraisal for 76000 guaranteeing it is a rare jewel. I purchased it for 36000, and come to find out its just a tanzanite jewel. I had another lawyer working on this case before Vic and never received a call, always delaying everything. I met Vic and his confidence was enough for me to jump on board. Within 6 months Victor had found the jeweler in New Jersey, served him and we got a judgment. I Collected all my money. I have sent numerous of clients his way and nothing but positive comments. Victor doesn't toss anyone around he is real and confident. Justice was served. Thanks again Vic
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Otten Law Group, APC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Owner
  • Otten Law, PC
  • 2014 - 2022
  • Senior Partner
  • Otten & Joyce, LLP
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Special Counsel
  • Trutanich-Michel
  • 1998 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Trutanich-Michel, LLP
  • 1998 - 2009
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  • University of California - Irvine
  • Certificate
  • 2006
  • U of San Francisco SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Carl Michel vs. Palos Verdes Network Group, Inc., et al, 156 Cal. App.4th 756 (2007)
  • Won appeal
  • Silvester v. Harris, 41 F. Supp. 3d 927, 2014.
  • Won at trial. Case overturned by the Court of Appeals


  • Angeles Chapter of Sierra Club
  • Vice Chair of Legal Committee
  • 2010 - 2013
  • American Mule Association
  • Member of Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Sierra Club Conservation Legal Committee
  • Chair
  • 2009 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Environmental Law – USA.
  • Lawyer Monthly Magazine
  • 2022
  • South Bays Best Readers Choice Awards
  • Daily Breeze
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Registered Environmental Assessor, I
  • Registered Environmental Assessor, California EPA, Department of Toxic Substances & Control.
  • N/A
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  • West
  • Carl Michel vs. Palos Verdes Network Group, Inc., et al, 156 Cal. App.4th 756 (2007)
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Environmental Law Series, Workshop VI: CEQA, NEPA & Open Government
  • CEQA Overview
  • 2013
  • C.E.Q.A. Overview, Workshop on CEQA, Global Warming, Endangered Species
  • C.E.Q.A. Overview
  • 2010
  • Workshop on Global Warming Law, Clean Air Act and Clean Water for Environmental Activists
  • Gathering the Facts: FOIA, California Public Records Act & Aerial Photos,
  • 2009
  • Workshop on Land Use & Global Warming Law for Environmental Activists
  • Toxics (RCRA CERCLA, TSCA, FIFRA, California Analogs)
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Mr. Otten, and was always impressed by his superior command of the law and articulate argumentation. I fully endorse Mr. Otten."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I refer all my environmental matters to Mr. Otten as I know that my clients are in good hands."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I've had the privilege of working directly under Mr. Otten since I first started practicing law. He is a zealous advocate who aggressively fights to protect his clients' interests. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I got to know Vic Otten as opposing counsel in a complex CERCLA case. He is a consummate professional, always fair, and very knowledgeable in environmental and land use law. I can highly recommend him in this area of practice."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. He's a great litigator, with lots of experience and good negotiating skills. Polite and friendly, but can be aggressive when it benefits his client."
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Chino Hills Environmental and natural resources Lawyer Victor John Otten
Victor John Otten
Environmental and natural resources Attorney
Chino Hills, CA
Licensed for 30 years
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