Giovanna OConnor is an estate attorney in Miami

Giovanna Abreu O’Connor

SENIOR ATTORNEY

Giovanna (“Gia”) Abreu O’Connor is a Senior Attorney and leads the Miami office of RMO, which she helped launch. Gia’s practice focuses on representing beneficiaries and fiduciaries—e.g., administrators, executors, trustees, conservators, and guardians—in contested trust, estate, and guardianship litigation, as well as related estate and guardianship administration issues. Gia also has meaningful experience in handling commercial and business disputes, real estate transactions and disputes, and appeals. Gia works closely with clients, resolving cases with efficiency and innovation and obtaining advantageous outcomes.

Gia grew up in Miramar, Puerto Rico and graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in International Relations. She then attended Florida International University College of Law, where she served as a Dean’s Fellow to the Assistant Dean of Development, graduate assistant to Dr. Stanley Fish, and interned with the Probate Division of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami.

APPELLATE OPINIONS
  • Dillon v. Owens, 303 So. 3d 545 (Fla. 3d DCA 2020)
  • Sugar v. Guardianship of Stern, 109 So. 3d 809 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013)
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • Director, Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Co-Chair, Sponsorship Committee, Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Co-Chair, Law School Liaison Committee, Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Chair, 11th Judicial Circuit Screening Committee for Court Appointments in Mental Health Proceedings, Extraordinary Guardianship Issues, and Other Matters Via Registry (JAC) and Wheels
  • Member, Chapman Partnership Next Gen
  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Skills and Values III, FIU College of Law, 2018
  • Community Outreach Committee Chair, FIU College of Law Alumni Board, 2017-2019
  • Table for Eight Committee Co-Chair, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, 2017-2019
  • Courtesy Instructor/Supervising Attorney, FIU College of Law Wills Project, 2017-2018
  • Member, NextGen & Emerging Leaders Program, Chapman Partnership
EDUCATION

Florida International University
College of Law
Juris Doctor

Florida International University
BA, International Relations

LANGUAGES
  • English
  • Spanish
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
  • Obtained final order enforcing post marital agreement and recovering estate assets from surviving spouse who had relinquished their rights to the assets and all spousal rights in decedent’s estate.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice and affirmance on appeal on behalf of annuitant in lawsuit filed by her sisters, who sought a portion of a wrongful death settlement annuity they were not legally entitled to.
  • Obtained declaratory judgment in favor surviving spouse against the co-trustees of decedent’s trust and decedent’s children from prior marriage interpreting and enforcing settlement agreements between the parties which were intended to resolve prior trust litigation.
  • Represented hospital as petitioner in incapacity and guardianship proceedings involving patients, and successfully appointed public guardians for patients whose next of kin were unable or unwilling to care for patient and make healthcare and financial decisions on patient’s behalf.
  • Obtained favorable outcome for surviving spouse in litigation to invalidate will and trusts based on undue influence against decedent’s children from a prior marriage.
  • Represented hospital in proceedings to enforce patient’s living will after patient’s child concealed existence of living will and kept patient on life support against patient’s express wishes.
  • Favorably resolved creditor’s claims filed on behalf of creditors in decedent’s estates.
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