Diana Fitzpatrick


Diana Fitzpatrick is a Legal Editor at Nolo specializing in small business, tax, and nonprofit law. She is a graduate of Barnard College and New York University School of Law. 

Early career. Diana started her career in New York City where she lived and worked before moving to the Bay Area in 1990. Her first job after law school was as an associate at the New York law firm of Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher, where she worked in the corporate and securities department. After moving to San Francisco, she worked at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office as a deputy city attorney in the bond department. 

Nolo. Diana joined Nolo in 2003 after taking a few years off work to be at home with her two young children. She was drawn to Nolo with its mission to help people navigate the law and figure out solutions to their problems or answers to their questions. She continues to enjoy making legal information more accessible to all and working with some of Nolo’s long-time writers on the business, nonprofit, and tax books.

Other pursuits. In addition to her work at Nolo, Diana serves as President of the Western States Endurance Run Foundation and is a volunteer coach at San Quentin State Prison and a Marin County high school.

Articles By Diana Fitzpatrick

Preparing Your Business to Reopen After Coronavirus Outbreak
Think about how you might need to change your business or shift your focus to address the changes that are likely to occur in the wake of COVID-19.
How to Form an LLC
Here's what you need to do to form a limited liability company.
State Unemployment Compensation Agencies
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How to Get a Small Business License in California
The Golden Bear state is home to many entrepreneurs who must decipher how to get a small business license in California.
Nuisance Cases in Small Claims Court
Learn about private and public nuisances and how to successfully sue someone for being a nuisance in small claims court.
How to Subpoena Documents
You may decide you need to subpoena documents for your case. This is rarely done in small claims court, but there are times when it may be helpful. An organization (such as a police department, phone company, hospital, or corporation) may have certain books, ledgers, papers, or other documents that can
How to Sue a Government Agency in Small Claims Court
Many states have special rules and procedures that must be followed before a suit can be brought against a state or local government agency.
Calculating the Statute of Limitations
Each state's legislature sets up time limits within which lawsuits must be filed. These deadlines are specific to each type of cases. If you wait too long, your right to sue will be barred by these statutes.
How To Collect Your Money in a Small Claims Case
You won your case in small claims court. Congratulations! You undoubtedly want to collect every penny from the opposing party, pronto.
Breach of Warranty Cases in Small Claims Court
In simplest terms, a warranty is a promise by the manufacturer or seller of a product that the product is of a certain quality or that they will repair the product for a stated period of time. The manufacturer or seller is legally obligated to live up to its promise if the product turns out to have a