Kat McClain

Attorney

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.

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.

She 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. After graduating from law school, she 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 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.

She eventually landed back in the Midwest, where she currently practices criminal defense and family law. When not working in her law practice, Kat enjoys politics, writing, reading, and watching her favorite sports teams.


Articles By Kat McClain

Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking Laws in Pennsylvania
Learn how Pennsylvania's criminal harassment and stalking laws apply to cyberbullying and the potential punishment for a conviction.
Alabama Statutory Rape Laws
A person who commits statutory rape or a related crime in Alabama can face serious criminal penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and substantial fines.
Pennsylvania Statutory Rape Laws
A person who commits statutory rape or a related crime in Pennsylvania can face serious criminal penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and substantial fines.
Revenge Porn in Florida: Sexual Cyberharassment
A person who commits sexual cyberharassment—revenge porn—in Florida can face serious criminal penalties, including substantial incarceration time and hefty fines.
Burglary and Criminal Trespass in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to enter onto private property without permission. As discussed below, burglary, home invasion, and trespass laws strive to protect people and their property from these intrusions.
Maryland Statutory Rape Laws
People who engage in sexual activity with children younger than 16 (the age of consent in Maryland) can be charged with statutory rape offenses. Learn what criminal charges apply and how Romeo-and-Juliet laws work in MD.
Auto Theft Laws in Missouri
Stealing, tampering, or hijacking a vehicle carries stiff penalties in Missouri.
Utah Laws on Misdemeanor and Felony Theft and Retail Theft
Like many other states, Utah classifies its theft offenses according to the value of the stolen property or services—and, in some cases, according to the type of property taken. Learn just how quickly a theft adds up to a felony and possibly prison time.
Washington Statutory Rape Laws
What is the age of consent in Washington state? What crimes and laws cover statutory rape offenses and does Washington have Romeo-and-Juliet laws?
Virginia Laws on Petit and Grand Larceny and Shoplifting
Like many states, Virginia classifies its larceny offenses according to the value of the stolen property—and, in some cases, according to the type of property involved in the larceny. Find out how quickly larceny goes from a misdemeanor to a felony.