Biography

Frances M. O’Meara 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.
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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 Thompson Coe & O'Meara, Frances was a Managing Partner of 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.

Representative Experience

Trials

  • Nancy Ann Wright Patch v. Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP (2018) - JAMS Arbitration - Defense
  • Maurice v. Harlan (2018) - Architect malpractice - Defense
  • Watercourt v. Adams Wine Group (2018) - Broker malpractice - Defense
  • 915 S. Mateo v. Norton (2018) –Legal Malpractice --Defense
  • Saleigh v. Stone (2018) - Legal malpractice - Defense
  • State Bar v Guerich/Rode (2017)—Trial on Disciplinary Charges--Defense /Appeal (2018) Affirmed
  • Rashti v. Borenstein (2017) - Legal malpractice - Defense
  • Ryans v. Pacific Sotheby (2017) - Legal malpractice - Defense
  • Beck v. Morris Polich & Purdy  (2017) - Legal malpractice - Defense
  • Casillas v Berkshire Hathaway Home State Co. (2017)
  • Armellino v Michel & Rhyne (2015) - FINRA arbitration - Defense
  • Anthony Perez v. Bradford Brown, et al. (2013) – Legal Malpractice E&O - Defense
  • Lin v. Rand Medical Billing (2012) – Professional Liability E&O - Defense
  • Seongsu Kim, et al. v. Lim Ruger & Kim LLP (2012) – Legal Malpractice E&O
  • Biggins v. Newlee 2011 WL 5842849 (Cal.App. 2 Dist. 11/22/2011) – Legal Malpractice E&O - Defense
  • Williams v. Hilb, Rogal & Hibbs Ins. Services of California, Inc. VC044754 (9/9/2009) – Insurance Agent Malpractice E&O - Defense
  • Kresich v. Stolpman , Krissman, Elber & Silver, LLP (2008 WL2231683) – Legal Malpractice E&O - Defense
  • Valentine v. Membrila Services BC240280 (5/10/2004) – Insurance Agent Malpractice E&O - Defense
  • Stimpfel v. Fensten & Gelber BC159394 (3/6/2002) – Legal Malpractice E&O - Defense
  • Bolton v. Trope SC037295 (10/22/1999) – Legal Malpractice E&O - Defense

Defense Judgment

  • F.D.I.C. v. Levitt 2011 WL 4591933 (S.D.Cal. 10/03/2011) – Appraiser Malpractice E&O
  • F.D.I.C. v Munoz 2011 WL 4357186 (C.D.Cal. 9/19/2011) – Appraiser Malpractice E&O
  • Sverdlin v. Yollin (2011) – Real Estate Malpractice E&O
  • Alsaiegh v. Sweat (2011) – Legal Malpractice E&O
  • Parsa v. Caplan, et al. – Legal Malpractice E&O
  • Lusk v. Baker (2011) – Legal Malpractice E&O
  • McComas v. Wallace (2011) – Legal Malpractice E&O
  • Visconti v, Zanger, et al. (2010) – Real Estate Malpractice E&O
  • M. Fredicic v. International Coffee & Tea(2009) – Legal Malpractice E&O
  • Continental Ins. Companies v. Total Dollar Management Effort, Ltd. 228 Fed.Appx. 661 (9th Cir.(Cal.) 3/28/2007) – Insurance Agent E&O
  • Renteria v. Gallo Insurance Agency BC237511 (8/22/2003) – Insurance Agent Malpractice E&O
  • Beverly Hills Sports Council v. Wright 2002 WL 31320288 (Cal.App. 2 Dist. 10/17/2002) – Legal Malpractice E&O
  • Avakian v. Ohanessian 2002 WL 31195443 (Cal.App. 2 Dist. 10/03/2002) – Legal Malpractice E&O
  • Kurinij v. Hanna & MortonBC103239 (6/10/1997) – Legal Malpractice E&O

Anti-SLAPP

  • Big Casey's v Octalion, LLC  (2017)
  • Sun v Min Maw International Inc.  (2017)
  • Daniels v. Robbins(2010)
  • Geoffrey Commons vs. Inland Desert Security & Communications, Inc. (2011)
  • Lintz vs. William F. Dohr(2011)
  • Ellenhorn v. Pilchman & Kay, PLC(2012)
  • Richard Sylvester v. Robin Sax, et al. (2012)

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles  (J.D., 1988)
  • Stanford University  (M.S. and B.S., 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Professional and Community Activities

  • Advisory Board of CLM – Cyber/Management Professional Liability Section
  • CLM Claims College Executive Committee/Instructor - 2017
  • Chair -  CLM Conference Committee  (2016-2017)
  • CLM Professional Liability Advisory Board (2016-2017)
  • Chair of DRI’s Professional Liability Committee (2013 - 2015)
  • DRI’s Professional Liability Committee (2010 – 2013)
  • Vice Chair of DRI’s Professional Liability Committee (2011 - 2013)
  • Women in Law Committee
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)
  • Board of Governors of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA)
  • Diversity Liaison for the Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • California Board of Legal Specialization - Certified Legal Specialist in Legal Malpractice
  • Committee Chair (Advisory Board) - Management & Professional Liability Community Committee (CLM)
  • Committee Chair (Lead Chair) - Real Estate Professionals Committee (CLM)

Speeches and Presentations

  • 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
    • RSUI – May 12, 2014
    • Allied World – May 13, 2014
    • YorkPro – July 29, 2014
  • 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, 201

Professional Recognition

  • 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