San Francisco, CA

Frances O'Meara, a distinguished partner at Wood Smith Henning & Berman is set to share cutting-edge insights and expertise at the upcoming Annual Conference hosted by the Claims & Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance in San Francisco, California. The conference, a renowned gathering of insurance and construction industry leaders as well as legal professionals, will take place from April 2-4, 2024, at the Marriott Marquis hotel.

O'Meara has been selected as a featured speaker, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the conference. With a robust background in professional liability and ethics, O'Meara is recognized for her innovative approach to professional liability issues as well as her commitment to delivering exceptional value to clients.

In this highly anticipated session, a panel comprised of O'Meara as well as Ron Goldstein -Managing Director of Aon, and Kim Noble of Lawyers and Accountants- Applied Financial Lines, will delve into lawyers who behave badly, and the ethical rules created at their behest. Recently Tom Girardi and Robert Murdock have caused ripples in the legal and ethical community resulting in new state bar rules and proposed obligations, both administratively and via judicial intervention. This roundtable will discuss these new, or in some cases, revisited ethical rules amid growing concerns about public and judicial confidence in our profession.

"The CLM Conference provides a unique platform for engaging discussions on the evolving landscape of claims and litigation management across industries," commented O'Meara. "Through collaboration with other leaders in their fields, we explore innovative strategies to navigate challenges and deliver exceptional outcomes for our clients. It is a privilege to be part of such a dynamic community of thought leaders and trailblazers."

Presentation Details:

Title: "Breaking Bad: The Impact of Badly Behaving Lawyers on the Legal Profession"
Date: April 3, 2024
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

In addition to presenting at the conference, Frances will also be honored as one of three finalists for the CLM Outside Counsel of the Year Award which is presented annually at the CLM Conference. This prestigious recognition is bestowed upon an outstanding legal professional for their exemplary contributions and achievements in claims and litigation management. The CLM Outside Counsel of the Year Award serves as a testament to the recipient's leadership, legal acumen, and positive impact on the broader legal community.

About Frances O'Meara

Frances O’Meara is a partner in WSHB’s Los Angeles office. She is a nationally recognized professional malpractice attorney who concentrates her practice on 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 and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on fidelity, fiduciary, and surety claims investigation and litigation. Frances also defends healthcare providers with claims related to healthcare management, assisted living, dental malpractice, and nursing.

She is experienced in defending general liability matters arising from premises liability, trucking, automobile, and accident claims involving property damage, personal injury, and wrongful death. Her clients have included bars, restaurants, property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and trucking companies.

Frances also has experience in employment litigation, including discrimination claims, employment contracts, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sexual assault/molestation claims. She additionally handles fidelity and bond matters throughout the State of California.

Wood Smith Henning & Berman: Your Trusted Partner

Experience the power of a proven industry leader in the law. Wood Smith Henning & Berman (WSHB) is renowned globally for our exceptional trial results and expertise in handling complex litigation. With our nationwide network of over 450 lawyers across 41office locations, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive litigation and counsel to both public and private companies. From start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations, we deliver unrivaled legal representation that consistently achieves favorable outcomes for our clients.

At WSHB, our strength lies in our diverse and accomplished team of attorneys. We boast thought leaders and defense specialists in over 41 fields of practice, covering an extensive range of specialties. Founded in 1997, we are proud to be among the top ten law firms in the nation for diversity, female partners, female lawyers, and Hispanic lawyers. This rich tapestry of diversity forms the foundation of our success when presenting cases to juries of our peers, ensuring we understand the unique nuances underlying each claim.

Our expansive geographic footprint allows us to provide effective and efficient representation to clients nationwide, regardless of their location, background, or legal expertise. By prioritizing strategic and cost-effective approaches to litigation, our dedicated attorneys work tirelessly to protect the interests of our clients. We have a track record of success, securing numerous victories such as summary judgments and defense verdicts on behalf of our clients. As a trial firm, we have taken over 2,000 cases to verdict, making us well-equipped to handle even the most complex and high-stakes litigation matters across the country.

By using this site, you agree to our updated Privacy Policy.