Shamus P. O'Meara Shareholder

  • Recognitions
    • Minnesota Super Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics (2006 - 2016)
    • The Arc Minnesota 2012 Public Policy Award 
    • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer (2005)
    • American Arbitration Association - Construction and Commercial Arbitrator; Large Case Panel
    • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (Past Director, Founding Chair, Construction Law Committee)
    • Minnesota Construction Association
    • National Council of School Attorneys (Past Director)
    • Minnesota Council of School Attorneys
    • Minnesota School Boards Association Disaster Response Team
    • Minnesota Legislative Advisory Task Force on School and Staff Emergency/All Hazards Preparedness (2006)
    • Minnesota Association of School Business Officials
    • Autism Society of Minnesota (Past Advisory Board Member)
    • Minnesota Diversified Industries (Past Advisory Board Member)
    • Minnesota State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Past Chair)
    • Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (Past Chair)
    • Disability Justice (Past President)
    • Saint Paul RiverCentre Convention & Visitors Authority (Past Director, Founding Co-Chair)
    • Minnesota Indoor Air Association (Past Director)
  • Affiliations

    • American Arbitration Association - Construction and Commercial Arbitrator

    • American Arbitration Association – Large Case Panel

    • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry

    • Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section

    • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (Past Director; Founding Chair, Construction Law Committee)

    • Minnesota Construction Association

    • National Council of School Attorneys (Past Director)

    • Minnesota Council of School Attorneys

    • Minnesota School Boards Association Disaster Response Team

    • Minnesota School Safety Legislative Task Force

    • Minnesota Association of School Business Officials

    • Autism Society of Minnesota (Advisory Board)

    • Minnesota Diversified Industries (Advisory Board)

    • United States Civil Rights Commission State Advisory Committee (Past Chair)

    • Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (Past Chair)

    • Disability Justice (Past President)

    • Saint Paul RiverCentre Convention & Visitors Authority (Founding Co-Chair)

    • Minnesota Self-Insurers Association

    • Minnesota Indoor Air Association (Founding Co-Director)

    • Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce

    • Edina Chamber of Commerce

     

  • Author & Speaker

    (Selected List)

    • What School Administrators Should Know About K-12 Security, National School Boards Association Annual Conference (2016), Association of School Business Officials International Annual Meeting (2015, 2016), Wisconsin Education Convention (2015)

    • Sports Related Concussions, Minnesota School Boards Association Leadership Conference (2016); Impact of Field Turf on Sports Concussions, Minnesota Association of School Business Officials Fall Conference (2016)

    • Risk Prevention Through Effective Emergency Management (2015)

    • Building Better Futures: Hot Topics in School Construction, MSBA Leadership Conference (2015); School Construction, MASBO Fall Conference (2015); Construction Coverage for Contractual Indemnification & Additional Insureds (2014); Subcontractor Exposure: 2013 Amendments to the Minnesota Anti-Indemnification Statute (2013); Best Value Construction Training Program for Schools and Public Entities, MSBA Leadership Conference (2010)

    • Civil and Human Rights for School Districts, Student and Employees Rights, MSBA Leadership Conference (2015)

    • Equal Access to Justice for People With Disabilities, Minnesota Diversified Industries Annual Meeting (2014); Access to Justice for People With Disabilities, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office CLE (2012), Minnesota CLE Webcast (2010, 2011); Ensuring a Voice for People With Developmental Disabilities in the Justice System (2011); Accessing Disability Services in Minnesota (2008)

    • School Security Design: Planning to Mitigate Risk and Avoid Liability, ABA Construction Lawyer (2014); Making Schools More Secure, MSBA Summer Conference (2013), MASBO Fall Conference (2013); School Security and Disaster Planning, National School Plant Managers Association Conference (2007); Upper Cumberland Safe & Accountable Schools Institute (2007)

    • Legal Issues Involving the Possession of Telematics Data (2014)

    • Partnering for School Safety, A Comprehensive Education and Law Enforcement Approach to School Safety and Violence Prevention, MASBO Fall Conference (2013), NSBA Annual Conference (2008, 2009), Risk Management and Finance Summit for Nonprofits (2008), MSBA Leadership Conference (2007), MSBA Journal (2007), U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools School Security Officials and Safe School Center Directors Conference (2005)

    • School Safety and the Law: Keys to Responding to School Emergencies, NSBA Annual Conference (2013); Plan for Safety, American School Board Journal (2013)

    • Connecticut Joint Safety and Security Summit, Boards of Education, Superintendents, Principals and Business Officials (2013)

    • Keeping Schools and Students Safe, National Council of School Attorneys Annual Conference (2013), MSBA Summer Conference (2013); The Fourth ‘R’ of a Crisis: Recovery, MSBA Journal (2013); Keeping a Climate of Safety, Prepared Response Webinar (2014); School Safety and Anti-Bullying Update, MSBA Leadership Conference (2013)

    • Planning for and Managing the School Crisis You Hope Never Comes, NSBA and Council of School Attorneys, National Webinar (2012); Emergency Plan Inclusion, American School Board Journal (2011)

    • Responding Effectively to the Media in Times of Crisis, MSBA Leadership Conference (2010, 2011)

    • People With Disabilities and our Legal System - A Federal Bar Initiative, Minnesota Federal Bar Association (2009)

    • Practical and Legal lessons From K-12 Incidents of Violence, U.S. Department of Education National Higher Education Conference (2008); Information Sharing for School Safety, Minnesota School Safety Conference (2008); The Minnesota School Safety Center, MSBA Leadership Conference (2008)

    • Preventing Targeted Violence in Schools, Crimes Against Children in Indian Country Conference (2008)

    • Brief of Amicus Curiae National School Boards Association, Kentucky Retirement Systems v. EEOC, No. 06-1037, Supreme Court of the United States (2007); Recent Age Discrimination Litigation, Minnesota Council of School Attorneys Conference (2008)

    • Statewide Symposium, Minnesota Attitudes About People with Developmental Disabilities, Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, Autism Society of Minnesota, ARC of Minnesota, Minnesota State Council on Disability, United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota, Self-Advocates of Minnesota, Chair (2007); Almanac interview, Twin Cities Public Television (2007)

    The Betterment or Added Benefit Defense, ABA Construction Lawyer, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Conference (2005)

    • Digital Partnering With the Legal Profession, Verdict (2006); Digital Partnering for People With Developmental Disabilities (2006)

    • Defense Perspectives on Education Law, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Conference (2006)

    • Managing the Imperfect Storm, Minnesota District Judges Association Conference (2006)

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Attorney Bio

Shamus O’Meara represents and guides a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses, school districts and educational institutions, employers, risk managers and families. He serves as a mediator and arbitrator for construction, commercial and educational disputes, and as an expert witness and consultant for school and business safety and liability matters.
 
Shamus represents owners, contractors and other parties involved in the construction process. He negotiates and handles all aspects of construction contract placement, public and private bidding, insurance and bonding issues, coordinates with various construction professionals, and handles claims and litigation involving construction projects.
 
Shamus represents clients in all areas of education law. He has worked with the U.S. and Minnesota Departments of Education, U.S. Attorneys Office, Secret Service, FBI, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, school districts, and many state and national education organizations to promote safety awareness and crisis management in schools and on campuses.
 
Shamus has considerable board and leadership experience in the areas of school safety, business management, and legal defense. He also advocates for greater independence, self-determination and access to justice for people with developmental disabilities and their families. He has been recognized as a Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year and Minnesota Super Lawyer, and is rated AV Preeminent by his peers for excellent legal abilities and professional ethics.