The Law Offices of Scott O'Mara



We provide legal services to safety personnel and their families to protect them in the event of an injury or a medical problem. Our attorneys have a specialized understanding as to the rights and remedies available to safety members. The Law Offices of Scott O’Mara continues to demonstrate the law firm’s knowledge how to best serve safety members and their families and also the firm’s determination to provide their clients a full cup of justice. Our history, background and experience are what allows us to get our clients a full recovery.

In addition, Attorney Scott O’Mara has been involved in many landmark cases where his work has resulted in precedent-setting decisions that have expanded benefits to all safety members in California. Such expansion has occurred particularly in cases involving cancer, hernias and industrial leave.

The law firm has been one of Southern California’s most respected, specializing in civil liability matters and has been representing injured workers and their family members exclusively since 1982.

The law firm has obtained numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of members and their families. Many of the injury cases were both industrial and non-work related injuries. This law firm has an established history of success in both civil liabilities and Workers’ Compensation, medical malpractice, retirement and other areas. The Law Office is equipped to handle any legal complexity related to personal injury, Workers’ Compensation, retirement, medical malpractice. This team of attorneys and paralegals provide the highest level of services for injured workers and their families.


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Scott A. O’Mara, Esq.

Mr. O’Mara has engaged in successful litigation that has created new benefit expansion for safety officers in the area of the cancer presumption (Faust case), hernia presumption (Stanley case), and has protected the industrial leave Labor Code §4800.5 benefits (Escobar case). This has generated a substantial enhancement of benefits for all safety officers within the State of California.

Mr. O’Mara is stead fast and dedicated to the expansion and protection of the rights of all injured California workers. He began the practice of law in 1977 and initially worked in defending cases until 1982 at which time he commenced the exclusive representation of California injured workers.

Mr. O’Mara is a graduate of the University of San Diego (1970), the California Military Academy (1972), a commissioned Officer in the United States Army (1972) and a graduate of Cabrillo Pacific School of Law in 1977.

He has served as an adjunct law professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Assistant Professor at San Diego City College, and is the past President of the San Diego County Bar Workers’ Compensation Section. Mr. O’Mara specializes in workers’ compensation and retirement law for injured and disabled California workers.

Thomas I. Hampton, Esq.

Thomas Hampton graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.S. in Biology in 1977. He subsequently attended Duke University, where he participated in the Physician Associate Program and received a B.S. in Health Science in 1982.

In 1991, Tom graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor degree. He has specialized in the practice of Workers’ Compensation law for over 16 years.

Beth A. Williams, Esq.

Beth Williams graduated from American University with a Bachelors in Accounting. She passed the CPA examination in 1986. She received her Juris Doctorate from Emory University in 1989, with distinction. She passed the Georgia Bar and began her legal career as a Naval Judge Advocate. Beth spent four years on active duty. During that time she worked in various assignments including extensive representation of disabled military members at their disability evaluation hearings. While she completed her active duty tour she was active in the Navy reserves where she has obtained the rank of Captain. She has been awarded three Navy Achievement Medals and three Navy Commendation Medals.

Beth passed the California Bar in 1993 and began working for The Law Office of Scott O’Mara in 1998.

Daniel J. Palasciano, Esq.

Daniel J. Palasciano graduated from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona with a B.A. degree in Political Science. He obtained his law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego in 1997 graduating cum laude, and earning numerous other academic honors. Daniel also completed internships with the United States Bankruptcy Court and the City Attorney during his law school tenure.

After graduation, Daniel worked as a law school administrator and adjunct professor at Thomas Jefferson. He then began his Workers’ Compensation practice on the defense side which included representing numerous public entities and private insurers. Daniel has specialized in Workers’ Compensation law since 2002, and joined the Law Offices of Scott O’Mara in 2010.

Joseph P. Heathman, Esq.

Joseph P. Heathman graduated from California State University San Marcos with a B.A. in Psychology. During this time he worked as social worker for disabled adults and the protection of children.

In 2012, Joseph graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor degree. His Workers’ Compensation practice began on the defense side. Prior to joining the Law Offices of O’Mara & Hampton, Joseph represented both public agencies and various private entities ranging from trucking companies to professional sports teams. He has been specializing in Workers’ Compensation Law since 2013, and joined the Law Firm in 2019.