Frances M. O'Meara

Frances M. O'Meara

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
 | 550 South Hope Street, Suite 2200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2631
Phone: 213-615-7000
Fax: 213-615-7100
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Professional Liability: Defense (90%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Frances M. O’Meara is a partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary's Los Angeles - LAX office. She is a nationally recognized professional malpractice attorney who concentrates her practice in errors and omissions defense for attorneys, accountants, architects, insurance agents, real estate brokers, appraisers, doctors, and nurses. Frances is certified by the California State Bar as a Certified Legal Malpractice Specialist. She advises professionals and law firms on legal professional and ethical issues, issues relating to risk management and loss control, and cyber security and data privacy risks.

    Frances works directly with major insurance carriers throughout the United States, non-insured attorneys, large corporations, healthcare providers, and financial institutions. She has extensive experience in D&O financial lines, commercial litigation, with an emphasis on fidelity, fiduciary and surety claims investigation and litigation. She also represents medical malpractice claims related to healthcare management, assisted living, dental malpractice, and nursing.

    Frances also focuses her practice on defending general liability matters arising from premises liability, trucking, automobile, and accident claims involving property damage, personal injury, and wrongful death. Her clients inclued bars, restaurants, property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and trucking companies.
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    Frances also has experience in the area of employment litigation, including discrimination claims, employment contracts, and retaliation and sexual harassment claims. She also handles fidelity and bond matters throughout the State of California.

    Before joining Freeman Mathis & Gary, Frances was a Managing Partner at Thompson Coe & O'Meara, the O'Meara Law Group and a Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of Kaufman Dolowich Voluck & Gonzo, LLP, where she also served as the Chair of KDVG's Diversity Committee. Before joining KDVG, Ms. O'Meara was a Partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and chaired the Professional Liability Practice Group.

    About Frances O'Meara

    Admitted: 1989, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.fmglaw.com/attorney_bio.php

    Honors/Awards:

    • Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers 2012-2017; Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent for Highest Level of Professional Excellence 2017; Fellow to the Litigation Counsel of America; 2014 VIP Woman of the Year - National Association of Professional Women; Designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional: CLM Litigation Management Institute, hosted at Columbia Law School – October 2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • You Don't Want to "Shoot a Missed Approach" from Your Adjuster's Desk, October 17, 2016; A Cautionary Tale: Regarding Arbitration Agreements in Professional Liability Retainers, October 27, 2014; California Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Waivers but Finds PAGA Representative Actions Cannot be Waived, June 26, 2014; Lawyer; Heal Thyself: A Cross-Industry Disection of Today's Professional, June 13, 2013; Insurance Binders and Certificates of Insurance, September 19, 2012; Suggestions for Insurance Agents Responding to Questions Regarding Mold, Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Broker Liability, Vol. 4, 5, July 8, 2008
    • A Rabbi, Priest, and Iman Walk into a Bar - Alternative Judicial Forums for Resolution, CLM Annual Conference 2019, Orlando, Florida – March 13-15, 2019; You Got Issues: Lawyers E&O Insurance Coverage, DRI Professional Liability Seminar, New York, New York – November 29-30, 2018; AirBNB - B-ware and B-Legal, 2017 CLM Management & Professional Liability Conference – July 27, 2017; 50 Shades of Gray...Hair...Recognizing the Client with Diminished Capacity, Argo Panel Counsel Summit Seminar – June 28-29, 2017; Social Media, Fitbits, and Smartphones - Practical Tips to Handling New Sources in Discovery, Allied World Counsel Summit – May 9, 2017; The Exception Letter: When the Insured Pushes Back, DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, Chicago, Illinois – April 7, 2017; SoCal PLUS Cyber Insurance Conference – October 20, 2016; Succession Planning and "Aging Out" of Attorneys: Developing a Comprehensive Strategy for Succession Planning, ACI - LPL Legal Malpractice Conference, New York, New York – October 24, 2016; California Fair Claims Act, Allied World – May 19, 2016; TMI: The Positives of Over-sharing, ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar – March 4, 2016; Claims Handling Experts: How to Find Them, Manage Them, and Win with Them, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar – March 6, 2015; Claim Advocacy & Bad Faith Workshop: Anticipating and Resolving Claim Issues in a Tough World – October 29, 2014; California Fair Claims Regulations; Strategies for Defending Legal Malpractice Litigation, RSUI – April 18, 2014; BYOD: Bring Your Own Device (video), PLUS International Conference – November 2013; Texting, Sexting,and Internet Abuse: Cyber Law and Social Media Issues, Insurance Seminar, Thompson Coe, LLP, Dallas, Texas – October 2013; Defense Counsel and Others in the Crosshairs - How to Avoid Being Targeted, Stuffed and Mounted, NCMIC Defense Counsel Seminar, Kansas City, Missouri – September 26-27, 2013; What "Enquiring" Minds Want to Know..., Freedom Specialty, New York, New York – October 2013; Avoiding the Pitfalls of Attorney "Blawging" and Social Networking, Litigation Counsel of American Spring Conference & Induction of Fellows – May 10-11, 2012 Cyber Liability: The Governing Law & Legal Issues, IBA West Blue Ribbon Conference – May 6-9, 2012; Ethics for Lawyers: Blogs & Tweets That Can Torpedo Your Career, Minority Corporate Counsel Association's 11th Annual CLE Expo, Chicago, Illinois – March 20-22, 2012; Elder Abuse and Professional Liability, DRI Professional Liability Seminar – December 15, 2011; Cyber Liability Insurance Exposures, Coverage and Risk Management, PLUS Southern California Chapter Workshop – September 8, 2011; Conflicts Between Counsel and Coverage Counsel: Is It Ever in the Best Interest of the Client?, 5th Annual National Errors and Omissions Liability Insurance ExecuSummit – July 26-27, 2011; The Anatomy of an Estate Planning Malpractice Case, Spring ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference – April 27-29, 2011; Opportunities in E&O That Are Here to Stay, PLUS Professional Risk Symposium – March 24, 2011; Disbarment Cocktail: 1 Drop Thoughtless E-Mail Plus 2 Drops of Questionable Judgment, Minority Corporate Counsel Association's 10th Annual Expo – March 16-17, 2011; Using Pretrial Remedies - Anti-SLAPP Statutes and Other Evidentiary Early Disposition Motions, 10th Annual Premier Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference – February 16, 2011; Legal Ethics and the Role of the Law Firm Administrator, Association of Professional Law Firm Managers (APLFM) – October 12-13, 2010; Standing to Sue, Privacy and Duty of Disclosure, 9th Annual Premier Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference – March 10, 2010

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Letgolts v. Pierce (2020) - Legal Malpractice - Defense, 2020
    • Maurice v. Harlan (2018) - Architect malpractice - Defense, 2018
    • Watercourt v. Adams Wine Group (2018) - Broker malpractice - Defense, 2018
    • 915 S. Mateo v. Norton (2018) – Legal Malpractice - Defense, 2018
    • Nancy Ann Wright Patch v. Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP (2018) - JAMS Arbitration - Defense, 2018
    • Saleigh v. Stone (2018) - Legal malpractice - Defense, 2018
    • Rashti v. Borenstein (2017) - Legal malpractice - Defense, 2017
    • State Bar v Guerich/Rode (2017)—Trial on Disciplinary Charges--Defense /Appeal (2018) Affirmed, 2017
    • Beck v. Morris Polich & Purdy (2017) - Legal malpractice - Defense, 2017
    • Ryans v. Pacific Sotheby (2017) - Legal malpractice - Defense, 2017
    • Casillas v Berkshire Hathaway Home State Co. (2017), 2017
    • Armellino v Michel & Rhyne (2015) - FINRA arbitration - Defense, 2015
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    Office Location for Frances M. O'Meara

    550 South Hope Street
    Suite 2200
    Los Angeles, CA 90071-2631

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    Last Updated: 10/14/2020

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