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F.X. Sean O'Doherty

F.X. Sean O'Doherty

Managing Partner
Los Angeles, California; Inland Empire

Sean O'Doherty has practiced in the Civil Litigation Defense field since 1979. He has tried over 150 jury trials to verdict in the Counties of San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Orange. Sean is a Diplomate with the American Board of Trial advocates, an invitation only group of TOP litigators in the US.

VEHICLE LIABILITY: Due to his unique background in transportation defense work, Sean manages the firm's Transportation Defense Team. He was a former Claims Investigator, Regional Claims Supervisor and Associate General Counsel for Transit Casualty Insurance Company which, at the time, was the nation's largest transportation underwriter. At Transit Casualty, Sean handled vehicle accident claims involving: commercial trucking and passenger carriers, heavy equipment, bus fleets, and municipal transit.

PREMISES LIABILITY: Sean manages our firm's Premises Liability Practice Group in the Los Angeles and Inland Empire region. Due to his specialty in serving commercial property developers/owners/tenants, one of the largest retail and entertainment REITs in the U.S. selected Sean as primary risk management/litigation defense attorney for California. This client's properties include recreation and leisure centers, lifestyle centers, urban centers and regional retail and entertainment centers.

CONSTRUCTION DEFECT: Sean has developed a Construction Defect Cost Control Program in order to avoid unnecessary legal costs at every phase of a case. His approach includes early mediation, minimizing discovery, obtaining all insurance information, and tendering the defense to other carriers as soon as possible.

EMPLOYMENT LIABILITY: As a result of the internal employment matters on which Sean was consulted while serving as the Associate General Counsel for Transit Casualty Insurance Company, Sean provides clients with a unique practical perspective of often-overlooked employment issues that could lead to litigation.

Sean instructs attorneys on trial techniques and the art of professionalism within the practice of law. He also lectures to private associations and insurance companies in the areas of risk management, litigation management, and discovery. Sean is also a licensed pilot. He has also been accepted to complete the Bar Exam for the Irish Law Society to become a Solicitor.

Areas of Practice

  • 70% General Defense Tort Litigation-Trial
  • 20% Transportation
  • 10% Employment
  • Wrongful Death-Plaintiff

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1984


  • Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California
    • J.D., 1978
  • St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont
    • B.A., Political Science, 1974
  • USC School of Medicine - 1980
    • Major: Neurology, Orthopedics, Radiology, Anatomy

Representative Clients

  • FedEx Ground
  • State Farm Companies
  • Mercury Insurance Group
  • Athens Services
  • Music Industry Artists
  • Liberty Mutual


  • American Board Trial Advocates-Trial School, ABOTA, 1990 - Present
  • Annual and Monthly Seminars- SCTSS, Southern California Tourism Safety Society, 2000 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomate, 1985 - Present
  • National Truck & Heavy Equipment Claims Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • InterModal Association of North America
  • National Association of Truck Stop Owners
  • California Trucking Association
  • American Trucking Association
  • National Beer Wholesalers Association
  • Isk Insurance Management Society
  • Owner/Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA)

Past Employment Positions

  • Transit Casualty Company, Assoc. General Counsel, 1978 - 1980

Pro Bono Activities

  • Special Master - State Bar of California, 1988 - Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Former NFL Licensed Agent-NFLPA
  • Music Agent-Artists


  • Irish
Our Firm Locations

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy LLP


Office Managing Partner:
K. Robert Gonter, Jr.
E-mail the Firm | Irvine Law Office

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
38 Discovery, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

San Diego Office

Office Managing Partner:
Douglas D. Guy
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Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
15373 Innovation Drive, Suite 170
San Diego, CA 92128

Phone: 858-676-8600
Fax: 858-676-8601

Los Angeles office

Office Managing Partner:
Matthew M. Proudfoot
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355 S. Grand Ave, Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

Ontario Office

Office Managing Partner:
Sean O'Doherty
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Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
3350 Shelby St., Suite 200
Ontario, CA 91764

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265