Executive Bios
Editor Bios

Executive Bios

Chris Braun, President

Chris Braun came to Nolo as General Manager in 2012. Before joining Nolo, he was with ALM where was the Managing Director at, and Publisher for The Recorder. Chris holds an MBA from MIT and a BA from University of Massachusetts - Amherst.

Janet Portman, Executive Editor

As Nolo's Executive Editor, Janet Portman directs the editorial content of Nolo's website, eProducts, and print products. She specializes in residential and commercial landlord/tenant law, legal issues related to courts, landlords and tenants, and neighbor disputes. She is the author or coauthor of Every Landlord's Legal Guide, Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants, Every Tenant's Legal Guide, Renters' Rights, Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business, Leases & Rental Agreements, The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities, and California Tenants' Rights. Portman received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and a law degree from Santa Clara University. Before joining Nolo in 1994, she practiced law as a public defender.

Jonathan Rochez, Vice President, Engineering

Jonathan Rochez joined Nolo in 2011 and leads the engineering team. Before coming to Nolo, he was the VP of Engineering at Pixsense, a start-up company that focused on mobile applications. Jonathan holds an MS in applied science engineering from University of California-Davis and a BS in chemical engineering from University of California-San Diego.

Chelsey Langan, Vice President, Sales & Operations

Chelsey Langan joined Nolo in 2008. She leads the sales team, operations and business development for the company’s Martindale-Nolo attorney marketing programs, including lead generation and directory services. Prior to joining Nolo, she held senior positions with Matchpoint and other companies involved in lead generation. Chelsey holds a BS in marketing.

Editor Bios

Sachi Barreiro, Attorney

Sachi Barreiro is a licensed California lawyer and legal editor specializing in employment, workers’ compensation, and personal injury law. Before joining Nolo, Sachi practiced law for several years in San Francisco, first representing injured plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits, then advising businesses on employment and corporate matters. Sachi received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Ilona Bray, J.D.

Ilona Bray is an author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law, and nonprofit fundraising. She is a coauthor of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home and also edits a number of Nolo's small business books. Ilona's working background includes solo practice, nonprofit, and corporate stints, as well as long periods of volunteering, including an internship at Amnesty International's main legal office in London. She received her law degree and a Masters degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington.

Diana Fitzpatrick, J.D.

Diana Fitzpatrick specializes in small business, tax, and nonprofit law. Before joining Nolo, she was a deputy attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office in the bond department. She also worked for several years in New York City at a law firm, doing corporate and securities work. Diana is a graduate of Barnard College and received her law degree from New York University School of Law.

Jessica Gillespie, Legal Researcher

Jessica conducts legal research and writes articles for Nolo’s website. Before joining Nolo, she worked in the library of a large law firm in Richmond, Virginia and at New York University’s Law Library. Jessica received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, and an M.A. in United States History from North Carolina State University.

David Goguen, J.D.

David Goguen is a legal editor at Nolo, focusing on claimants' rights in personal injury cases. He is a member of the California State Bar with over a decade of experience in litigation and legal publishing. David is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Lina Guillen, Attorney

Lina Guillen joined Nolo as a legal editor in 2012. Specializing in family law, Lina writes and edits articles on a variety of topics including custody, visitation, support, and the financial aspects of divorce. Before arriving at Nolo, Lina practiced family law and civil litigation at several law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lina received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is an active member of the California State Bar.

Bethany K. Laurence, J.D.

Bethany Laurence joined Nolo as a legal editor in 1997. She holds a law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, a B.A. degree from Boston University (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude), and is a member of the California State Bar. Beth is the editor for Nolo's Disability Law Center and the Social Security and Medicare Center and edits Nolo's Guide to Social Security DisabilityThe Complete IEP GuideSocial Security, Medicare, and Government PensionsLong-Term Care and California's Workers' CompensationBeth also answers readers' disability-related questions on Nolo's Disability Blog. Beth has also combined her legal and financial expertise to edit many Nolo small business books and online software applications over the years. She is a coauthor of Business Buyout Agreements: Plan Now for Retirement, Death, Divorce or Owner DisagreementsSave Your Small Business: 10 Crucial Strategies to Survive Hard Times or Close Down & Move OnBankruptcy for Small Business Owners: How to File for Chapter 7, and Nolo's Online LLC. Before joining Nolo, Beth created legal online and CD-ROM products at CCH, Inc. (a division of Wolters Klewer, Inc.). Over the last decade she has been active on the board of directors of several local environmental and educational nonprofit organizations.

Micah Schwartzbach, Attorney and Managing Editor

Micah Schwartzbach joined Nolo’s editorial staff in 2013. Beforehand, he practiced primarily criminal defense law, specializing in research and writing. As Nolo's Managing Editor, he oversees content on and affiliated websites. He also writes and edits content across a range of practice areas. Micah earned his B.A. from the University of California, Davis, where he graduated with highest honors, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he graduated cum laude.

Betsy Simmons Hannibal, Attorney

Betsy Simmons Hannibal specializes in estate planning books and software. Before joining Nolo, she trained at two private law firms as well as the San Francisco Superior Court and the Federal District Court of Northern California. She is a graduate of the Honors Lawyering Program at Golden Gate University School of Law, where she served as the research editor of the law review. Before law school, Betsy worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Oakland, as a data analyst in San Francisco, and as an English teacher in Ecuador.

Marcia Stewart

Marcia Stewart has been a Nolo editor and author since 1989, writing and editing books on landlord-tenant law, real estate, and other consumer issues. In addition to working on books and software, Marcia is an acquisitions editor and responsible for acquiring and developing new products for Nolo, including trade books and books with special sales and licensing potential. She is a coauthor of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, Every Landlord's Legal Guide, Every Tenant's Legal Guide, Leases and Rental Agreements, and Renters' Rights. She has edited dozens of Nolo books, including How to Buy a House in California.

Stephen Stine, J.D.

As a research specialist and editor at Nolo, Stephen conducts legal research and writes and edits content for Nolo's books and websites. Previously, Stephen worked at the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center, where he assisted attorneys with technology, performed research, and wrote and edited articles, blog posts, and the annual ABA Legal Technology Survey Report. Stephen earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and J.D. and Master of Science in Information degrees from the University of Michigan.