Coral M. Odiot-Rivera

PARTNER

Coral Odiot-Rivera is a Partner in the firm’s Environmental Litigation Department, working out of the Puerto Rico office.

Education

Law School
Inter American University, School of Law, J.D., cum laude

Undergraduate Degree
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, B.A. in Social Science/Major: Political Science, magna cum laude

London School of Economics and Political Science
Visiting Student taking the course: “Conflict, the State and the Global Community: An Introduction to Political Thought”

Communications University of China (Beijing)
International Law School Program

Bar Admissions

Puerto Rico State Bar
Puerto Rico Federal Bar
Puerto Rico Notary Bar Approved
Bar of District of Columbia

Overview

Ms. Odiot’s practice primarily focuses on environmental class actions and mass tort litigations. As a Partner, she played an integral role in the negotiation of the two landmark settlements for $12.5 billion and $1.185 billion with 3M and DuPont, Chemours and Corteva in the AFFF Multi-District Litigation. She also leads several environmental litigations representing individuals and entities nationwide affected by air, soil, and/or water contamination encompassing a wide spectrum of hazardous substances, including lead, per- and polyfluoroakyl substances (PFAS), 1,4-Dioxane, and smelter plant by-products.

Coral graduated cum laude from the Interamerican University School of Law where she also was Editor in Chief of the school’s Law Review. She began her career clerking for the Hon. Anabelle Rodríguez Rodríguez, Associate Justice for the Puerto Rico Supreme Court (2012). After clerking for the Supreme Court, she worked as a legal advisor for the Civil Rights, Democratic Participation and Social Economy Committee of the Senate of Puerto Rico.

Prior to joining her current firm, Coral was a legal advisor for the Independent Consumer Protection Office (“ICPO”) representing the Puerto Rico energy consumer in matters before the Puerto Rico Energy Commission and Puerto Rico courts. As a legal advisor for the ICPO, Coral became knowledgeable in matters of Energy and Environmental Law and was given a scholarship by the National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys for a Georgetown Law Course about Regulating Public Utility Performance.

Other Experience

Assistant Professor for María Dolores Fernós, Esq. at Inter American University, School of Law

 

Recent Cases

*Results May Vary Depending On Your Particular Facts and Legal Circumstances*

$12.5 Billion Settlement with 3M Company

Napoli Shkolnik, along with Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead and Interim Class Counsel, is proud to announce a $12.5 billion settlement with 3M Company in the ongoing multi-district litigation over the contamination of drinking water with toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) resulting from the widespread use of aqueous film-forming foam (“AFFF”). This historic class action settlement agreement resolves the claims of Public Water Systems across the country that have been impacted by actual or threatened contamination of their water systems with PFAS.

This proposed class settlement is the result of many months of negotiations between the parties and is subject to approval by Judge Richard M. Gergel, who was assigned in December 2018 to oversee the ongoing MDL proceedings in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

$1.185 Billion Settlement with Dupont, Chemours, Corteva

Napoli Shkolnik is pleased to announce a major breakthrough in the pursuit of justice for water providers and their communities affected by PFAS contamination in the United States. Working diligently alongside our co-leads, we have successfully settled the material terms with defendants DuPont, Chemours, and Corteva regarding their responsibility for the PFAS contamination of public water systems and the associated costs of treatment.

Clerkships

Puerto Rico Supreme Court Justice Anabelle Rodríguez Rodríguez

Awards & Honors

  • Scholarship granted by the National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys Semester Course: “Regulating Public Utility Performance: Bringing Competition to Historically Monopolistic Industries by Attorney Scott Hempling (Georgetown University Law School)
  • Scholarship granted by the University of Pennsylvania. Robert J. Thompson Leadership Academy Council of State Governments
  • Editor in Chief of the Inter-American University Law Review, Vol. XLVI
  • Scholarship granted by the Puerto Rico Legislature. Córdova and Fernós Legislative Internship: Hon. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Intern

Pro Bono

Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico

Publications

Media Appearances

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Access to Justice: Government Structure/Legislative Processes in PR, SOMOS PR (November 9, 2023)
  • Speaker, Access to Justice: How Laws Are Enacted in PR, SOMOS PR (November 9, 2023)
  • Presenter, PFAS Settlement Briefing: Award For Your Utility, NRWA Webinar Trainings (September 6, 2023)

Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Association – Hon. Raymond L. Acosta Puerto Rico Chapter

Hispanic National Bar Association

Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico