David Goguen


David Goguen is a Legal Editor at Nolo, focusing on claimants' rights in personal injury cases. He is a member of the State Bar of California with almost two decades of experience in litigation and legal publishing. His work has been featured and quoted in a number of publications, including Medscape and Fodor’s.

Education. David is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he made his first foray into publishing as a member of the USF Maritime Law Journal board of editors. 

Legal career. After a few years as a practicing attorney, handling everything from car accident claims to groundwater pollution cases, David began his career as a Legal Editor. Over the years at Nolo, David’s area of expertise has expanded to encompass all kinds of injury-related cases, from fender benders and medical malpractice to the latest mass tort cases making headlines—including Roundup-cancer lawsuits.

Personal injury law. Few areas of the law are more fraught with stress than personal injury. Accidents are by definition unexpected, and they can give rise to all kinds of uncertainty. In the days and weeks following an injury, more and more people go online with questions about their options and the right path forward, and David is proud to be part of a Nolo team that provides some of the best answers out there.

Articles By David Goguen

Lawyers' Fees in Your Personal Injury Case
Personal injury lawyers usually work on a "contingency fee" basis, which is dependent on a favorable outcome for the client.
What Is Defamation of Character?
You've probably heard of libel and slander, but you may not understand the legal basis for a defamation lawsuit.
Texas Personal Injury Laws and Liability Rules
Time limits to file a Texas personal injury lawsuit in court, the state's "modified comparative negligence" rule, and more.
Florida Personal Injury Laws and Liability Rules
Florida laws that could affect a personal injury case, including time limits to file a lawsuit and shared fault rules.
California Personal Injury Laws and Liability Rules
Time limits to file a personal injury lawsuit in California, the state's "pure comparative negligence" rule, and more.
California’s Legal Options for Sexual Abuse Survivors
The California Child Victims Act expands the rights of those who are ready to take legal action against abuse perpetrators and others.
Can Churches Be Held Liable for Sexual Abuse?
An archdiocese, diocese, bishop, and others may bear legal responsibility for acts of sexual abuse committed by clergy.
Special & General Damages in Your Personal Injury Case
Special and general damages (often called "economic" and "non-economic" damages) are the two main categories of compensable losses in a personal injury case.
Who Is At Fault for a T-Bone Car Accident?
When one vehicle hits another in a side impact, it can be a challenge to sort out who’s legally responsible for the crash.
How To Find The Right Personal Injury Lawyer
Tips on finding and choosing the best attorney for you and your personal injury case.