Ann O’Connell


Ann O’Connell is a legal editor at Nolo specializing in landlord-tenant and real estate law. She writes for,, and Avvo. Ann is a coauthor of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, which won a silver Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association in 2020, and Nolo’s Every Landlord’s Legal Guide.

Legal career. Before joining Nolo as an editor, Ann was a freelance writer for Nolo as well as other publications and law firms. Ann practiced civil litigation in California and Colorado, and had her own firm in Colorado. At her firm, she focused on real estate, landlord-tenant, and small business cases. 

Credentials. Ann earned her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from UC Berkeley Law. She has passed the bar exams in California, Nevada, and Colorado, where she is both an active attorney and a real estate broker.

Landlord-tenant law. Ann’s favorite part of writing about landlord-tenant matters is the opportunity to help tenants—who often find it difficult to afford or hire a lawyer to represent them—understand and assert their rights. Ann’s research and writing on coronavirus-related eviction bans and tenant rights has been cited by numerous news outlets and government agencies, including Yahoo Finance, CNET, Fannie Mae, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Articles By Ann O’Connell

Should You Move Out of the Family Home During a Divorce?
You might want to move out of the family house when you’re in the middle of a divorce, but make sure you know the pros and cons of a move before packing your bags.
Child Custody Battles: Downsides and Alternatives to Fighting in Court
Once you know all that goes into battling for child custody, you can decide whether your time, money, and efforts can be spent better elsewhere.
How to File for Divorce Online
Using an online divorce service can save you time and money and keep you out of court. Find out if an online divorce is right for you.
Online Divorce Mediation
Online divorce mediation can be a great alternative to battling it out in court. Take a look at the pros and cons of online divorce mediation to find out if it's right for you.
Uncontested Divorce in Oregon
Divorce isn’t always complicated and expensive. Find out if you qualify for an uncontested divorce in Oregon.
Uncontested Divorce in Alaska
When you and your spouse agree on the terms of ending your marriage in Alaska, you might be able to file for a dissolution—a faster way to end your marriage than the traditional divorce process.