Elena Otero - McDermott Will & Emery


Elena Otero has a dual practice advising real estate developers and investors in a broad range of land development, construction, and venture capital-backed projects and joint ventures, across all asset classes. These include condominiums, mixed-use developments, hotels, restaurants, retail and office buildings. She also advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families, and family offices on real estate acquisitions, dispositions, leases, and investments with an emphasis on luxury residential and high-end commercial properties.

Elena works closely with her clients to evaluate opportunities and navigate the ever-changing, dynamic real estate market. She helps clients integrate their real estate investments and assets into their overall tax, wealth-management and succession-planning strategies, whether such transactions are connected to family-owned or privately held businesses, are designed to achieve personal, multi-generational objectives or both. Elena understands the unique sensitivities that arise in conjunction with such deals, and when appropriate, draws on her experience in structuring purchases and implementing post-closing asset management strategies that can help protect a client’s identity.

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  • Connect CRE, Lawyer in Real Estate Awards, Florida & Gulf Coast, 2023
  • Daily Business Review, Florida Legal Awards, On the Rise, 2021
  • Consumer Discretionary, Deal of the Year, 18th Annual M&A Advisor Award
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Up and Comer, 2019 and 2021
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Florida, 2016-2018


  • Champions for Justice Award 2022
  • The Florida Bar, Eleventh Circuit Grievance Committee I; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders
  • United Way of Miami, Women Executive Committee
  • United Way of Miami Tocqueville Society
  • Leadership Florida Connect Class VIII
  • Leadership Florida Regional Council 2018 to 2020
  • Leadership Miami 2016 to 2017
  • CREW, Miami Chapter; Fall Connections, Co-chair 2017; Legal Counsel, Board of Directors 2018
  • Cuban American Bar Association (CABA)
  • South Florida Banking Institute
  • Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Southeastern Division (Miami-Dade County), Board of Directors and Vice Chair 2019 to 2020; Co-chair 2020; Chair 2020 to 2022
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami Women’s Leadership Council
  • Urban Land Institute


University of Miami School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2008
University of Miami, BA, 2005