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.



  • Gregory v. Solari (2022) – Invasion of Privacy – Defense 

  • Gianelli v. Woolsey (2022) Legal Malpractice Underlying EPL – Defense 

  • Letgolts v. Pierce (2021) – Legal Malpractice –  Defense Affirmed Appeal 

  • Rashti v. Borenstein (2020) Legal Malpractice Defense Verdict Appeal Affirmed 

  • Park v. Ryu (2019) Legal Malpractice – Defense
  • Maurice v. Harlan (2019) A&E Post Trial Judgment in Favor of Defendant 

  • Watercourt v. Adams Wine/Westoaks Commercial Group – Defense Verdict (2019), Appeal affirmed (2020)

  • Saleigh v. Stone (2018) Legal Malpractice – Defense
  • Biggins v. Newlee (2015) – Defense Verdict Affirmed Appeal
  • 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 Judgments via Motions

  • 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 & Morton BC103239 (6/10/1997) – Legal Malpractice E&O


  • Pourteymour v. First Foundation Bank (2023)

  • Ellenhorn v. Pilchman & Kay, PLC (2012)
  • Richard Sylvester v. Robin Sax, et al. (2012)
  • Daniels v. Robbins (2010)
  • Geoffrey Commons v. Inland Desert Security & Communications, Inc. (2011)
  • Lintz v. William F. Dohr (2011)
  • Daniels v. Robbins (2010)



  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D., 1988)
  • Stanford University (M.S., 1979)
  • Stanford University (B.S., 1978)

Licensed to Practice in

  • California


Events, Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Beware of Breaking Bad Lawyers: The Impact of Badly Behaving Lawyers on the Legal Profession," ClaimsXchange Education on Location Conference, Nashville, TN (April 18, 2024)

  • Speaker, "Breaking Bad: The Impact of Badly Behaving Lawyers on the Legal Profession," CLM Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (April 3, 2024)
  • Speaker, "The New Old Game in Town," Allied World (March 2024)

  • Speaker, "With Apologies to Rod Stewart: We Don’t Stay Young Forever," DRI Professional Liability Seminar, New York, NY (November 29-December 1, 2023) 
  • Instructor, "California Fair Claims Regulations,"CapSpecialty, Hartford, CT (September 25-27, 2023)
  • Speaker, “Selecting and Working with Expert Witnesses” and “Investigating & Evaluating Professional Lines Claims," CLM Claims College, Baltimore, MD (August 16-19, 2023)
  • Instructor, CLM School of Professional Lines (2023)
  • Instructor, CLM School of Professional Lines (2022)
  • Speaker, "Professional Liability: How to Overcome Obstacles Perpetuated by the Pandemic," CLM Focus (June 15, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Don't Waiver from Risk Management: Learn to Spot Conflicts and Other Red Flags at Intake," Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (March 17, 2022)
  • Speaker, Hinshaw Annual Legal Malpractice Risk Management Conference (March 2022)
  • Instructor, CLM School of Professional Lines (2021)
  • Speaker, "Poor Decisions," ClaimsXchange (2021) 
  • Instructor, "Investigating & Evaluating Professional Lines Claims," CLM School of Professional Lines (September 8, 2021)
  • Instructor, CLM School of Professional Lines (2020)
  • Instructor, CLM School of Professional Lines (2019)
  • Instructor, “All About Professional Liability Claims,” PLUS University (August 5, 2019)  
  • Speaker, "Alexa Draft a Motion for Summary Judgment," CLM Cyber Management and Professional Liability Conference (July 10-12, 2019)
  • Speaker, "A Rabbi, a Priest, and an Imam Walk into a Bar - Alternative Judicial Forums for Resolution," CLM Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (March 13-15, 2019)  
  • Speaker, "You Got Issues: Lawyers E&O Insurance Coverage," DRI Professional Liability Seminar, New York, NY (November 29-30, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Airbnb - B-ware and B-legal," CLM Management and Professional Liability Conference (July 27, 2017)
  • Speaker, "50 Shades of Grey ... Hair ... Recognizing the Client with Diminished Capacity, Argo Panel Counsel Summit Seminar (June 28-29, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Social Media, Fitbits, and Smartphones - Practical Tips to Handling New Sources in Discovery," Allied World Counsel Summit (May 9, 2017) 
  • Speaker, "The Exception Letter: When the Insured Pushes Back," DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, Chicago, IL (April 7, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Succession Planning and 'Aging Out' of Attorneys: Developing a Comprehensive Strategy for Succession Planning," ACI-LPL Legal Malpractice Conference, New York, NY (October 24, 2016)
  • Speaker, SoCal PLUS Cyber Insurance Conference (October 20, 2016)
  • Speaker, "California Fair Claims Act," Allied World (May 19, 2016) 
  • Speaker, "TMI: The Positives of Over Sharing," ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (March 4, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Claims Handling Experts: How to Find Them, Manage Them, and Win with Them," Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (March 6, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Anticipating and Resolving Claim Issues In a Tough World," Claim Advocacy & Bad Faith Workshop (October 29, 2014)
  • Speaker, "California Fair Claims Regulations," RSUI (May 12, 2014), Allied World (May 13, 2014), YorkPro (July 29, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Strategies for Defending Legal Malpractice Litigation," RSUI (April 18, 2014)


  • 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
  • Suggestions for Insurance Agents Responding to Questions Regarding Mold, Mealey’s Litigation Report: Insurance Broker Liability, Vol. 4, 5, July 8, 2008



  • Chair - Leadership Team of CLM’s Cyber, Management, and Professional Liability Community Board (2023)
  • Advisory Board of CLM – Cyber/Management Professional Liability Section
  • CLM Claims College Executive Committee/Instructor (2017)
  • Chair of 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)

  • Board Member – Management & Professional Liability Community

  • Community Chair (Advisory Board) – Cyber, Management & Professional Liability Community

  • Community Chair (Co-Chair) – Wiki Guidelines

  • Committee Chair – Committee Conference Committee

Honors & Recognitions

  • Named to Los Angeles Business Journal's Top 100 Lawyers List  (2024)
  • Finalist, CLM Professional of the Year Award - Outside Defense Counsel (2024)
  • Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants in Los Angeles, CA (2024)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers (2013-2024)
  • Pasadena Magazine Top Attorney - Professional Malpractice (2023)
  • Named a Woman of Influence: Attorney by the Los Angeles Business Journal (2023)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Attorney 
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • VIP Woman of the Year – National Association of Professional Women (2014)
  • Designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional: CLM Litigation Management Institute, hosted at Columbia Law School – October 2013

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