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

South Carolina Sexual Battery Laws
South Carolina refers to rape crimes as criminal sexual conduct. Nonconsensual sexual touching is referred to as sexual assault and battery. Learn how S.C. punishes these sex crimes.
Kansas Sexual Battery and Rape Laws
A person who commits a sex-related crime in Kansas can face serious criminal penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and hefty fines.
Auto Theft Laws in North Carolina
Learn about North Carolina's criminal laws and penalties for larceny of a vehicle and related crimes.
Virginia Statutory Rape Laws
Statutes governing Virginia's age of consent, associated criminal charges, available defenses, and penalties for conviction.
Gun Storage Laws in California
California gun owners must store their weapons safely and securely to keep them from children and adults who aren’t supposed to have firearms.
Connecticut Statutory Rape Laws
Statutes governing Connecticut's age of consent, associated criminal charges, available defenses, and penalties for conviction.
Auto Theft Laws in New Jersey
Like many states, a conviction for motor vehicle theft or a related crime in New Jersey can result in a lengthy prison sentence and substantial fines.
New Jersey Theft Laws and Penalties
Theft crimes quickly add up to indictable offenses in N.J. Learn how N.J. classifies and punishes theft offenses.
Indiana Domestic Violence Laws
In Indiana, an incident of domestic violence can lead to criminal charges and a civil protective order. Learn how Indiana penalizes domestic battery and related crimes.
Montana Statutory Rape Laws
People who engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16 may be prosecuted for statutory rape crimes in Montana.