Kat McClain

Attorney · University of Houston Law Center

Kat McClain writes on the topic of criminal law for Nolo. She’s licensed to practice law in Arizona and Wisconsin, as well as the Western District Court of Wisconsin and the Central District Court of California.

Education. Originally from the Midwest, Kat moved to Texas and attended the University of Texas, where she received her B.A. in Political Science and minored in Pre-Law. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a child advocate in dependency court for East Texas Child Advocates.

Legal training. Kat moved to Houston, one of the largest legal markets in the nation, to attend law school. While at the University of Houston Law Center, Kat actively pursued many different opportunities, including clerking for a family law judge and a nationally-known attorney, Rusty Hardin.

Areas of experience. After graduating from law school, Kat began practicing family law. While in Texas, she was a certified mediator and conducted mediations for small claims courts and the Better Business Bureau. Always looking to improve her knowledge and skills, she next moved to Southern California to get her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy at California Western School of Law. While on the West Coast, she added landlord-tenant law to her repertoire. Additionally, she worked with the California Innocence Project. Kat eventually landed back in the Midwest, where she currently practices criminal defense and family law.

Personal interests. When not working in her law practice, Kat enjoys politics, writing, reading, and watching her favorite sports teams.


Articles By Kat McClain

Massachusetts Domestic Violence Laws
A person who commits a domestic violence offense in Massachusetts can face serious criminal penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment, substantial fines, and restrictions on firearm possession.
Assault and Aggravated Assault Laws in Arkansas
Learn how Arkansas defines, classifies, and punishes assault and aggravated assault crimes.
Battery Laws in Arkansas
A person who commits battery in Arkansas can face serious criminal penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and substantial fines.
Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking Laws in Ohio
A person who commits cyberbullying or cyberstalking in Ohio can face serious criminal penalties, including substantial incarceration time and hefty fines. Both adults and minors can face charges for these offenses.
Possession of a Controlled Substance in Minnesota
A person who illegally possesses a controlled substance or its compounds can face serious criminal penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment, substantial fines, restrictions on firearm possession, and severe immigration consequences.
Burglary, Illegal Entry, and Criminal Trespass in Oklahoma
Oklahoma protects people and their property from intruders with the state's burglary and criminal trespass laws. A person who commits burglary in Oklahoma can face serious felony penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and substantial fines.
Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking Laws in Oklahoma
Oklahoma treats cyberbullying seriously. A person who harasses, stalks, or threatens another online or in an electronic communication can face misdemeanor or even felony charges.
Georgia Family Violence Laws
Georgia defines family violence as a felony or certain misdemeanors committed by a family member. Family violence offenses typically carry greater potential penalties than identical violent acts committed by non-family members.
Maine Theft and Shoplifting Laws
Maine classifies its theft offenses primarily by the value of the property or services stolen. Learn how quickly stealing adds up to a felony-level offense in Maine.
Washington Theft and Shoplifting Laws
Learn just how quickly stealing property or services in Washington can add up to a felony.