Ann O’Connell

Attorney · UC Berkeley School of Law

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

When a Landlord Can Be Held Liable for Tenant Injuries
An injured tenant must show that the landlord’s action (or inaction) naturally and foreseeably caused the tenant's harm.
Private vs. Public Nuisance Claims Against Property Owners
When property owners engage in or allow activity that disturbs others, they may be held liable for damages.
What's the Difference Between Collision and Comprehensive Car Insurance Coverage?
Find out what vehicle damage is covered under collision and comprehensive (full) car insurance policies.
Landlord Liability for Asbestos in Rentals
Landlords might be legally obligated to test for, disclose, and even remove asbestos from rental properties in some situations.
Can a Psychologist Be Sued for Malpractice?
Psychologists and licensed therapists can be sued for causing intentional or negligent harm to patients.
Are Doctors Liable for Pain Medication Addiction?
A doctor might be liable for opioid addiction and other prescription medication overuse if medical negligence can be shown.
Landlord Liability for Carbon Monoxide Exposure
Depending on the facts, a court might find a landlord liable when a tenant brings a personal injury lawsuit for carbon monoxide exposure.