Stacy Barrett

Attorney · UC Law San Francisco

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 UC Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings). She earned several academic awards from both institutions, including scholarships for academic achievement.

Legal career. Stacy began working as a 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

How Much Is Your Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Worth?
A look at the legal basis for Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits and the concept of "damages."
Types of Personal Injury Damages and Compensation
Learn about the types of damages (losses) for which you can seek monetary compensation in a personal injury case.
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."
Civil Injury Cases vs. Criminal Cases After an Assault
After an assault, a criminal case can be brought by the government, and a personal injury (civil) case may be brought by the victim.
Are Uber/Lyft Liable for Sexual Assault Against Rideshare Passengers?
Are rideshare companies responsible for failing to keep passengers safe from sexual assault?
Accidents and Injury Claim Settlements: FAQ
If you've been injured in an accident, you'll probably wind up settling your claim. Here are key questions to consider.
3M Military Earplug Lawsuits
It's never easy to predict when a lawsuit over faulty 3M combat earplugs will settle or go to trial, but here are some guidelines.