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David John O'Connell

Real estate Attorney at Escondido, CA

3.7   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Mr. O’Connell leads a small firm of professionals specializing in real estate issues, business, corporations, limited liability companies, estates, and trust administration. He has more than 20 years of experience in these areas and is fully equipped to advise clients regarding their options and risks in these troubling economic times.

Mr. O’Connell speaks frequently at continuing education seminars on topic including the emerging issues in limited liability companies and legal ethics.

Mr. O’Connell served in the U.S. Army Security Agency from 1968 to 1972, serving in Turkey and Germany.

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O'Connell & Associates
1770 E. Valley Parkway
P.O. Box 301157
Escondido, CA, 92030


3.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Advice
He helped me in informing what I should do if my lawyer is being inappropriate and trying to take advantage of my family and charging to much money for services he did not do at all.
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2014
A terrific new legal contact
David did for me in 5 minutes what my realtor and escrow couldn't do in weeks! We were trying to clear a lien from a title and couldn't find the people involved. But David did it in a flash--contacted the people and resolved what could have been costly issues in one visit. Plus a week ago I had a general question and he took the time to call me and discuss it--even though at that point we were not going to hire him for legal needs.
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Posted by Alyona | June 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely high bill for review of small agreement
Extremely unhappy with David J. O'Connell service. We were way overcharged. We hired him to review 4 page property management agreement, that takes average person 20 minutes to read, it took him 2 hours(!!!!) to read/analyze what he him self called "boilerplate" standard agreement, and he is in real estate attorney business, we assumed it will be very quick for him to review and say if there are any traps in that agreement! He also took another 30 minutes to write us an email where he advised 4 different firms/people for us to use when we didn't ask for any referrals, so we paid him to advertise his friends to us.
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Response from David O'Connell June 23, 2021
Dear Alyona: I understand your grievance, which you made clear yesterday when we consulted on the telephone, and when you asked for a discount in a follow email. As I replied, in an email in which I granted the further discount from your fee, you had an opportunity to read and approve my consultation agreement, which stated my hourly rate. Your husband's instructions were to look for any traps in the agreement, and i took the time and effort to do as I was asked. A lawyer doesn't just "read" a proposed contract, he must analyze it, in order to give advice to protect the client. And, I note that you do not question the advice and analysis I offered, just the amount of money you had to pay for the service. In future, I suggest that you read an attorney's engagement terms before agreeing to retain his or her services. D.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • O'Connell & Associates
  • 2006 - Present
  • Partner
  • O'Connell & Zuffoletto, LLP
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Sole practitioner
  • Law Office of David J. O'Connell
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of N. Munro Merrick
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Charles J. Jamison
  • 1987 - 1992
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  • Western State College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award-Ethics
  • ABA
  • 1985

Speaking Engagements

  • Forclosure for Attorneys
  • Foreclosure: Attorney Ethics in Foreclosure
  • 2010
  • National Business Institute Seminars
  • Advanced LLC Issues
  • 2009
  • LLC: From Formation to Special Uses
  • LLC Special Uses
  • 2009
  • National Business Institute
  • Limited Liability Companies-Trends and Developements
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Real estate Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney O'Connell will give you the straight scoop on your options; I endorse this lawyer."