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

3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuits: History and Developments
3M is facing thousands of U.S. servicemember lawsuits over potentially defective Dual-Ended Combat Arms earplugs.
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.
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."
Private vs. Public Nuisance Claims Against Property Owners
When property owners engage in or allow activity that disturbs others, they may be held liable for damages.
Filing a Civil Lawsuit for Defamation: What to Expect
If you decide to take legal action over a defamatory statement, get an idea of what the process might look like.
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.
Can You Sue Your Employer If You Were Exposed to COVID-19 at Work?
If you get COVID-19 on the job—and believe it was your employer’s fault—you might be wondering if you can sue for compensation. Most of the time, you’ll be limited to filing a workers’ compensation claim rather than a personal injury lawsuit. But you might have other legal options in some circumstances.
Filing a Complaint About an Insurance Company's Unfair Settlement Tactics
What to do when the insurance adjuster takes an unreasonable stance on your personal injury claim.
Finding and Hiring an NEC Baby Formula Lawsuit Attorney
Learn how to choose a lawyer who’s right for you and your lawsuit if your baby developed NEC after using Enfamil or Similac premature baby formula.
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."