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Anne O'Donnell Makes the Move from Litigation to FindLaw

By Andrew Chow, Esq. on January 23, 2013 3:05 PM isn’t just the No. 1 website for legal consumers. We’re also an indispensible go-to resource for practicing lawyers and other legal professionals.

And with good reason, as nearly all of our writers and content producers were once practicing lawyers themselves, not too long ago.

Case in point: Anne O’Donnell, FindLaw’s Senior Writer for Legal Professional content and the latest lawyer to join the FindLaw family.

Coming to work at FindLaw is actually a homecoming of sorts for O'Donnell. She spent part of her childhood in Sunnyvale, California, not far from FindLaw's Silicon Valley office.

The fourth of six children, O'Donnell often took on the role of "mediator" in sibling disputes. That penchant for problem-solving eventually led her to law school, and later to a small civil-litigation firm.

So what made O'Donnell leave her comfortable law firm job for FindLaw last fall?

"I think most lawyers reach a point where they want to find the right balance in their lives," said O'Donnell, a mother of two who also serves as second vice president with the Queen's Bench Bar Association, an organization for female lawyers in the Bay Area.

Here at FindLaw, O'Donnell can still do the legal work that she loves most -- researching interesting cases and controversies, and writing about them -- while avoiding some of the less enjoyable aspects of litigation, such as dealing with "unpleasant" opposing counsel.

FindLaw's legal professional audience is reaping the rewards of O'Donnell's work. Her recent articles on Second Amendment issues, the legal status of same-sex marriage, and social-media policies in light of NLRB decisions have been read and shared hundreds of times by lawyers, law students, and laypeople alike.

FindLaw is proud to have lawyers like Anne O'Donnell on our staff -- just another example of how our team is working to meet the needs of our readers in a way they will appreciate and respect.

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