Kat McClain


Kat McClain writes on the topic of criminal law for Nolo. She’s licensed to practice law in Arizona and Wisconsin, as well as the Western District Court of Wisconsin and the Central District Court of California.

Originally from the Midwest, Kat moved to Texas and attended the University of Texas, where she received her B.A. in Political Science and minored in Pre-Law. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a child advocate in dependency court for East Texas Child Advocates.

She moved to Houston, one of the largest legal markets in the nation, to attend law school. While at the University of Houston Law Center, Kat actively pursued many different opportunities, including clerking for a family law judge and a nationally-known attorney, Rusty Hardin. After graduating from law school, she began practicing family law. While in Texas, she was a certified mediator and conducted mediations for small claims courts and the Better Business Bureau.

Always looking to improve her knowledge and skills, she moved to Southern California to get her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy at California Western School of Law. While on the West Coast, she added Landlord-Tenant law to her repertoire. Additionally, she worked with the California Innocence Project.

She eventually landed back in the Midwest, where she currently practices criminal defense and family law. When not working in her law practice, Kat enjoys politics, writing, reading, and watching her favorite sports teams.

Articles By Kat McClain

Common Defenses to a Criminal Charge
An experienced criminal defense attorney holds many tools to use as potential defenses during the pendency of a criminal action, from poking holes in the prosecution’s case to raising defenses specific to the defendant’s conduct or case.
How Plea Bargains Work in a Criminal Case
A plea bargain is an agreement between the prosecutor and defense on an appropriate resolution to a criminal action. This agreement entails both sides giving up something in order to get something in return.
What Happens at Your Criminal Arraignment?
The arraignment, often considered the official start of a criminal case, provides the defendant with important information on the pending charges and next steps.
Should I Plead Guilty at Arraignment?
Many reasons exist for a defendant to plead not guilty at the arraignment. At such an early stage of the prosecution, the defendant faces many unknowns.