E.A. Gjelten

Legal Editor

E.A. (Liz) Gjelten has been a special projects editor at Nolo since 2016. A generalist when it comes to subject matter, she enjoys using her research, analytical, and writing skills to translate complex legal issues into jargon-free language that’s accessible to lay readers without compromising accuracy.

Nolo. In addition to her work on surveys about lay people’s experiences with the legal process, Liz writes articles for Nolo.com, Lawyers.com, Criminaldefenselawyer.com, and Alllaw.com in several areas of the law, including workers’ compensation, criminal law, civil rights, school law, and animal law. 

Legal background. Before coming to Nolo, Liz worked for 12 years as a legal author for Thomson Reuters, writing about new legal developments in workers’ compensation and family law for Westlaw and print publications. She also wrote an annual roundup of new California legislation for a monthly family law journal. Before that, Liz worked as an author, legal editor, and managing editor for California Family Law Report, a small legal publishing company.

Other pursuits. Liz has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She’s a produced playwright and has taught at San Francisco State University and New College of California. She’s also worked as a freelance book editor, journalist, and grant writer.


Articles By E.A. Gjelten

Getting Workers' Compensation Benefits in California for COVID-19
California has made it easier for some employees to qualify for workers’ comp coverage when they get COVID-19.
Divorce in California
Learn how to file for divorce in California and what to expect—including the state’s requirements, filing fees, how long you have to wait before your divorce will be final.
Workers' Comp: Can I Get Wage-Loss Benefits While in Quarantine for Coronavirus Exposure?
Depending on your state, you might may qualify for workers’ comp temporary disability benefits while under quarantine after on-the-job exposure to COVID-19, especially if you're a healthcare worker or first responder.
How Much Will My Divorce Cost?
See what Nolo’s national survey showed about typical divorce costs, including what people pay when they hire lawyers and what they spend when they handle their own cases.
Divorce Mediation Costs: What You Can Expect to Pay
Learn how much divorce mediation typically costs, and what can make it more or less expensive.
What Is an Independent Medical Examination and How Will It Affect My Workers' Compensation Case?
The outcome of independent medical exams can have a big impact on whether you get workers’ comp benefits—and how much. Learn more about who chooses the doctors, what happens during the exam, and how to challenge the doctor’s report.
How Can I Find Out if My Employer Has Workers’ Compensation Insurance?
Learn how to find your employer’s insurer and what you can do if it doesn’t meet California’s legal requirements for workers’ comp insurance.
Can I Switch Workers' Compensation Lawyers?
Learn about the pitfalls of firing your workers’ comp attorney, when it might be necessary, and how it to make a smart decision.
Role of the Treating Doctor in Your Workers' Compensation Case
Your doctor makes important decisions, including when you return to work and whether you're permanently disabled.
What Happens if My Condition Gets Worse After I Settle My Workers' Compensation Case?
Depending on the nature of your workers' comp settlement and the laws in your state, you might be able to get paid for further medical treatment and disability benefits. You might also have a new workplace injury on top of the old one.