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

Do I Need To Report a Minor Car Accident?
In most cases, you should report even minor accidents to your insurance company. Here are some of the factors that may play a role in your decision.
Fault for Rear-End Car Accidents
When one vehicle rear-ends another, the fault for the crash usually -- but not always -- lies with the tailing driver.
Dram Shop Laws and Bar Liability for DUI Accidents
When can a bar or other establishment be legally liable for injuries resulting from a DUI accident?
Tips for Negotiating a Settlement After a Car Accident
Expert tips for handling settlement negotiations in your car accident case.
Demand Letters in Car Accident Claims
Determining how much you should ask for in a car accident demand letter can be as simple as adding up the costs of repairs to your vehicle, or as complex as determining the potential cost of long term medical care.
Should You Get a Collision Damage Waiver When Renting a Car?
Learn how a Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) works, the pros and cons of getting one, and other ways you can get insurance coverage for a rental car.
What Happens If I Hit a Pedestrian?
Learn what you need to do (or not do) to avoid making matters worse if you are involved in a pedestrian-car accident.
Pain and Suffering and "Minor" Car Accidents
If you get into a seemingly minor car accident that wasn’t your fault, you might wonder if you can still make a claim for
How Does State Farm Calculate Pain and Suffering From a Car Accident?
How does State Farm calculate pain and suffering from a car accident?
The Process of Calculating Car Accident Insurance Settlements
To end up with a satisfactory car accident settlement, you must understand how the settlement process works, and how much your claim might be worth.