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 Claims
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act will allow people harmed by exposure to contaminated water to sue the U.S. government.
New York's Legal Options for Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors
New York's Child Victims Act gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse more options—and more time—for seeking justice.
NEC Baby Formula Lawsuits
If your premature baby developed NEC after formula feeding, the makers of the formula and others might be legally responsible for your baby’s harm.
Hit and Run Consequences: Potential Compensation After a Hit and Run Accident
Hit and run accidents present a few unique legal issues -- including significant civil and criminal consequences for the runner, and complications for victims seeking compensation.
Key Settlement Factors for a Pedestrian Injured In a Car Accident
Finding the "average" settlement for a pedestrian hit by a car won't help determine the value of your specific case, but understanding a few key factors will.
Drafting a Demand Letter Before You Sue
A well drafted demand letter can help you settle your injury case without the expense and time involved in litigating an injury lawsuit in civil court.
What If My Car Accident Involved a Pedestrian?
When a driver hits a pedestrian, key liability and insurance coverage questions need to be answered.
North Carolina's Legal Options for Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors
North Carolina has expanded the rights of childhood sexual abuse survivors when it comes to seeking justice against perpetrators and others.
How to Counter the Adjuster's Settlement Offer Following a Car Accident
If you've been involved in a car accident and have already received a settlement offer, make sure you take the time to review and counter before you accept.
Protect Yourself: 5 Steps to Take After a Car Accident
Anyone injured in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence has the right to be "made whole". Here are some steps to protect your case.