John S. O’Connor

Practice Summary

Founded in 2008 by attorney John O’Connor, the O’Connor Law Firm represents consumers in complex litigation and real estate matters, helping clients in North Carolina and across the country, who have suffered both personal and financial injury. In addition to his litigation and real estate practice, John frequently advises clients on exemption and asset protection issues. If you have been the victim of fraud or deceptive trade practices or need assistance with a real estate issue, please call us to discuss your case.


John began his legal career in Charlotte as an associate at an AmLaw 100 firm in their structured finance practice group. Prior to forming the O’Connor Law Firm, John practiced in the real estate finance and development practice group of another large firm where he represented real estate companies in land acquisition and multi-family development.

Currently, John’s practice focuses on large-scale consumer protection litigation and loan workouts. John filed what the North Carolina press has called “one of the largest mortgage fraud lawsuits in state history.” He now represents a national client base of approximately  400 plaintiffs in a series of lawsuits that allege violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) by many nationally chartered banks, real estate development companies and appraisers related to the Summerhouse and Cannonsgate developments in coastal North Carolina.

In addition to his experience as a litigator, John has filed approximately 85 consumer bankruptcy cases and is the President and Founder of the National Bankruptcy Forum, a website devoted to educating businesses and consumers about their options for dealing with debt. While he no longer practices in the area of bankruptcy law, John utilizes prior bankruptcy experience to help clients explore their options outside of the bankruptcy court.

Education and Bar Admissions

John is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, MI as well as the Real Property Development Masters Program at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, FL. He is admitted to the bar in Connecticut, Illinois and North Carolina although his Connecticut and Illinois licenses are now inactive. Meetings at the Charlotte office address are by advance appointment only as John lives in New York City.