• Frederick B. O'Malley
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Frederick B. O'Malley

Frederick B. O'Malley

Chief Operating Officer


Frederick O’Malley is Carlton Fields’ chief operating officer and oversees the core business functions of the firm, including financial management and administrative functions. 

Fred’s overall management responsibilities include providing leadership and direction to the firm’s office administrators and department managers in eight areas: marketing and client development, finance, information systems, conflicts and business intake, legal talent management, human resources, legal project and practice management, and office administration. Fred is an active member of management and administrative committees.

Fred has more than 25 years of executive legal management experience, previously serving as chief operating officer, executive director, chief financial officer, and combinations of those roles with medium- to large-sized law firms in the Miami and Washington D.C./Baltimore areas. He has been recognized as the top COO in Miami-Dade by South Florida Business & Wealth.

He is a “distinguished” member of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), a worldwide professional organization that provides support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments, and government legal agencies, and has held various leadership positions within the organization. He also is a member of the Large Firm Administrators (LFA) Caucus of ALA, and currently serves as chair of the Steering Committee. LFA Caucus membership comprises COOs and executive director-level positions of large law firms with 100 lawyers or more.

In addition, Fred serves as chair of the Florida COO Networking Group comprised of COOs and executive directors of Florida’s large law firms. He often presents on various matters related to legal administrative and financial operations. Most recently, he spoke at the Thomson Reuters Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Forum in New York.


  • Apogee Award Honoree, South Florida Business & Wealth (2018)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Association of Legal Administrators
    • Large Firm Administrators Caucus
      • Chair, Steering Committee
    • "Distinguished" Member
  • Florida COO Networking Group
    • Chair


  • University of Maryland (MBA)
  • West Virginia University (B.A.)


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