Steve Otera named General Counsel for Harbor Dept.

Steve Otera

Steve Otera was named General Counsel to the Harbor Dept. by City Attorney Mike Feuer on April 11.

Otera will oversee the legal team advising on Port of Los Angeles operations and serve as in-house counsel to Port management and the Los Angeles Harbor Commission.

Otera has worked for nearly two decades at the Harbor Dept., most recently as an Assistant City Attorney. He replaces Janna Sidley, who retired earlier this year (Alive!, April 2022 edition).

As an Assistant City Attorney, Otera supervised staff providing in-house legal services at the Port, handled and oversaw major matters including container terminal leasing, and advised Port management and the Harbor Commission on a variety of other Port legal matters, including municipal governance, land use and development, contracting and negotiation, litigation management, among other areas.

Prior to working in the City Attorney’s Office, Otera spent more than a decade in private practice, including as director of legal compliance and education at LRN (formerly the Legal Research Network), where he managed development of web-based, multimedia workplace ethics and legal compliance training modules for clients including Ford Motor Co., Johnson & Johnson and Boeing. Previous to that, he served as an associate attorney for several local area law firms.

Otera earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA, and law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Congratulations on your appointment, Steve!