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Indiana University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
Indiana Law Journal, Board of Editors

Indiana University, M.P.A.

State University of New York, B.A.


New York
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Andrew D. Otis
New York
PHONE: +1 212 696 6907
FAX: +1 917 368 7307

Mr. Otis is Head of the Environmental group. He represents clients in matters involving environmental laws, regulations and policies as they relate to transactions, litigation and enforcement actions.

Mr. Otis has supervised due diligence investigations and negotiated contract provisions defining and allocating environmental risks and assets in multiple domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, financings and real estate developments.

Mr. Otis advises clients active in the international carbon markets, and he has experience in international arbitrations having numerous claims of non-compliance with major U.S. and foreign environmental, health and safety laws. He also advises clients on compliance with a variety of environmental statutes and regulations, including the Clean Air Act, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Prior to joining Curtis, Mr. Otis spent nine years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he played a key advisory role in policy areas such as global climate change, use of market mechanisms and economic analysis methodology. Mr. Otis coordinated contributions from EPA's Policy Office to President Clinton's 1992 Climate Change Action Plan. He also served the Enterprise for the Environment multi-stakeholder project chaired by former EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus.

Mr. Otis has developed and taught classes in environmental policy and law at both Indiana University and Vassar College.


U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York


New York State Bar Association
     Chair, International Law Section
          Co-Chair, International Environmental Law Committee
     Environmental Law Section
          Co-Chair, International Environmental Law Committee
American Bar Association 
    Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 
    Vice Chair, Climate Change, Sustainable Development and  
    Ecosystems Committee


Represented New York Counsel of Dog Owner Groups (NYCDOG) in successful litigation in the New York State Supreme Court.


Cider Mill Friends of Open Space and Historic Preservation
     Advisory Board
New York League of Conservation Voters
     Policy Committee
Indiana University School of Law
     Environmental Law Advisory Board
     Alumni Board
State University of New York at Genesco
     Political Science Advisory Board


BTI Client Service All-Star
Super Lawyers- Recognized as one of the top environmental lawyers in New York by his peers

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