Chalos & Co, P.C. – International Law Firm to Expand and Lands Big Fish in Miami

Chalos & Co, P.C. - International Law Firm has expanded to Miami with the addition of maritime law veteran, Michelle Otero Valdes.  Mrs. Otero Valdes joins the firm following distinguished service at the UK P&I Club and partnership at a leading Miami-based maritime defense firm.  Speaking about the addition, Chalos & Co founder, George M. Chalos, commented: "We are extremely excited to have Michelle join our team and lead our Miami practice.  She is a great trial attorney and good friend.  She is a truly amazing person. "  George Gaitas, the head of the firm's Houston-office and U.S. Gulf Coast practice stated:  "Michelle is an internationally recognized authority on marine insurance who substantially strengthens our team and expands the reach of our practice. " 
Mrs. Otero Valdes commented on joining the Chalos & Co team: "I have been handling cases referred to me by Chalos & Co for years—this alliance is the natural progression of that relationship. I am excited to be part of this dynamic team."
Mrs. Otero Valdes is a published author of numerous articles relating to admiralty and maritime law, blogs regularly on issues affecting the maritime industry and is a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education courses and commercial trade organizations.  Her specialized areas of practice are varied and include the defense of marine pollution claims under OPA90 and CLC Conventions; defense of maritime death and personal injury claims; passenger and crew claims; commercial maritime contracts and transactions; marine casualty investigations; claims coverage evaluations; salvage and SCOPIC claims; cargo claims and recoveries; P&I and FDD insurance claims; yacht purchase and sale and financing; freight forwarder/NVOCC liability claims; and the representation of vessel manufacturers, marinas and boatyards.  She is Florida Bar Board Certified in Admiralty & Maritime Law.

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