Charles Crain


Charles Crain began writing freelance articles for Nolo in 2022 and became a Legal Editor later that year.

Education. Charlie holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University, and a J.D. from Berkeley Law. He is licensed to practice law in California.

Journalism. Charlie began his career as a freelance journalist, covering the war in Iraq for publications including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Legal training. During law school, Charlie was a member of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and an editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. He externed for a semester at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and spent a summer interning for the Office of the Federal Public Defender in San Francisco. 

Legal career. After law school, Charlie was a post-bar clerk in the Law and Motion Unit of the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and then a volunteer attorney in the Misdemeanor Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. From 2015 until 2018, he worked as a litigation associate in the Silicon Valley offices of two large law firms. From 2018 until 2021, Charlie was a fellow in the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School. He co-taught a weekly seminar and managed a docket of cases focused on First Amendment and Freedom of Information Act litigation.

Articles By Charles Crain

Types of Bicycle Accidents
When bicycles and vehicles collide, it's often in fairly predictable traffic scenarios.
Airbag Injuries and Car Accidents
When your car accident injuries are caused -- or made worse -- by the deployment of an air bag, here's what you need to know.
Taking a Dog-Bite Case to Small Claims Court
Most dog-bite disputes are settled through negotiations between the injured person and the dog owner or insurance company, but some proceed to small claims court. Here's how a typical case might unfold.
Timeline of a Defamation Claim
A step-by-step look at a typical defamation case, plus tips on what to expect.
E-Bike Laws: What to Know Before You Ride
E-bikes are a great way to get around, but make sure you know the law and understand the possibilities after an accident.
How to Get the Best Whiplash Car Accident Settlement
It’s tough to predict the amount of a whiplash settlement, but here’s what to keep in mind as you seek compensation.
Whiplash Injuries: Symptoms, Lawyers, and How to File a Successful Claim
Common symptoms and causes of whiplash, in car accidents and other kinds of injury cases.