Stacy Barrett


Stacy Barrett started writing articles for Nolo as a freelancer in 2019. She became a full-time Legal Editor in 2021. Her articles appear on sites including,,,, and

Education. Stacy has a B.A. from Northern Arizona University, where she graduated with highest honors, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She earned several academic awards from both institutions, including scholarships for academic achievement.

Legal career. Stacy began working as criminal defense attorney in 2006. Her first job was with the Napa County Public Defender. She represented clients accused of misdemeanors and felonies. She also represented parents in civil contempt proceedings and patients facing involuntary civil commitments in state hospitals. In 2016, Stacy continued her work as a trial attorney at a private law firm. A few of Stacy's victories in trial court received national and international media coverage.

Other pursuits. Prior to her legal career, Stacy wrote feature articles for a small-town newspaper and copy pages for a national magazine in New York City. During law school she taught Street Law to middle school students receiving residential treatment in San Francisco. In 2019, she co-founded a program to support formerly incarcerated students in community college.

Why Nolo? Stacy's work as a deputy public defender, commitment to equity in education, and writing background led her to Nolo in 2019. She believes in Nolo's mission to provide all people, regardless of income level, the information they need to make important legal decisions.

Articles By Stacy Barrett

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows people harmed by exposure to contaminated water to sue the U.S. government.
Protect Your Car Accident Claim After a Crash: 6 Steps
Boost your chances of coming away from the car accident claim process with a good result.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?
Learn about the four different ways the "statute of limitations" might come into play in a medical malpractice case.
Certificate of Merit Requirement in a Medical Malpractice Case
Plaintiffs may need to file an expert witness's sworn statement on the merits of their claim before they can proceed with the lawsuit.
DUI Accident Lawsuits: What Are Your Legal Options If You Get Hit By a Drunk Driver?
If you're hit by a drunk driver, you've got a good chance at winning a lawsuit. But before you sue, you'll want to consider the easier route of an insurance claim.
How to Sue a Hospital for Malpractice
Here's what you'll need to do to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital.
Settlement Value of a Knee Injury Claim
Factors that influence knee injury claim value, and examples of verdicts and settlements in these kinds of personal injury cases.
Settlement Value of an Ankle Injury Claim
Factors that determine the value of an insurance claim or lawsuit involving an ankle injury, and a look at recent outcomes.
Settlement Compensation For a Finger Injury
Key factors when valuing a personal injury claim involving an injured finger, and a look at recent outcomes in these kinds of cases.
How Much Is a NEC Baby Formula Lawsuit Worth?
A look at the legal basis for Enfamil and Similac lawsuits and the concept of "damages."