About Us

Kathleen M. O'Connell graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1997. Thereafter, she served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court for one year. As a Law Clerk, she was able to gain insight into the inner workings of the Court and learn what judges are looking for from advocates to best advance their positions.

Kathleen served as an associate at the Boston law firm of Carney & Bassil for five years. There, she specialized in criminal defense and family law, with a particular concentration in high-conflict divorce and child custody cases.

After leaving Carney & Bassil, Kathleen worked as a public defender for the Committee for Public Counsel Services. As a public defender, Kathleen was in court every day fighting to protect her client's rights.

In 2006, Kathleen left the public defender's office to start O'Connell & Rudolph with her husband and partner Jay S. Rudolph. Together, they strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate services to individuals struggling with major life changes and conflicts. Kathleen works hard to be responsive to her clients needs in times of crisis.

Jay S. Rudolph
Jay S. Rudolph specializes in the practice of real estate law, providing experience, professionalism and convenience. He represents buyers, sellers and lenders in both residential and commercial real estate transactions. He also practices in the areas of wills, trusts and estate planning, probate administration, small business and civil litigation. Jay serves the North Shore and all of Massachusetts providing the "Smoothest Closing Ever!"

Jay graduated magna cum laude from New England School of Law in 1997. While in law school, he was an Executive Case and Note Editor for the New England Law Review, a semifinalist at the National Environmental Moot Court Competition at Pace University Law School and twice recognized as a New England Scholar.

Thereafter, he served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Prior to starting his own firm, Jay worked for a small firm in downtown Boston and a small firm in Woburn, focusing on residential and commercial real estate.

In 2004, he opened his own office as North Shore Real Estate Law, LLC. In 2006, Jay teamed up with his wife and partner Kathleen M. O'Connell and they renamed the firm, O'Connell & Rudolph, LLC.