Frances M. Bethel is a dedicated associate with Alvarez, Winthrop, Thompson & Smoak, P.A., based in the Orlando office. She has tailored her practice to focus on civil litigation, covering personal injury, wrongful death, and general insurance defense. Her expertise is prominently visible in commercial transportation defense litigation, where she offers her clients astute legal representation.
Frances embarked on her academic journey at the University of Central Florida, where she received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, complemented by a minor in History. She further pursued her interest in law at Florida A&M College of Law. Her law school tenure was marked by her active participation in the Florida A&M College of Law Mediation Clinic and the Criminal Defense Clinic, where she interned, gaining real-world practical experience. Her law school endeavors culminated in her certification as a court mediator, a qualification that has since added significant depth to her professional competence.
Prior to joining AWTS, Frances held the position of Staff Attorney at Women in Distress of Broward County, making substantial contributions to their advocacy efforts on behalf of individuals requiring assistance. Additionally, she was an Associate Immigration Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL, a role that allowed her to refine her expertise in immigration law. Upon relocating to Central Florida, Frances became an associate at a multistate worker's compensation law firm, a move that provided her with invaluable knowledge and perspective that she now leverages to vigorously advocate for her clients in the realm of civil litigation.
Frances is a true Floridian at heart. In her leisure time, she enjoys the quintessential Floridian activities like visiting theme parks, spending time at the beach, and with her friends and family. Her extensive professional journey coupled with her deep-rooted connection to Florida positions her uniquely in the legal landscape of the state, allowing her to serve her clients with unparalleled dedication and expertise.