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

The "One-Bite" Rule for Dogs
In some states, you could be liable for an injury caused by your dog only if you knew or should’ve known that the animal was dangerous.
Can I Get Workers' Compensation Benefits for COVID-19?
Learn whether you might be entitled to workers’ comp benefits if you contracted COVID-19 because of your job.
Can I Sue My Employer for Not Protecting Me From Coronavirus?
Learn about the obstacles—and potential ways around them—if you got COVID-19 because your employer didn’t take reasonable safety precautions to protect you from exposure to the coronavirus.
Returning an Engagement Ring
Who keeps the engagement ring when a wedding is called off? The answer depends on where you live—and it might depend on who broke off the engagement.
California Dog-Bite Laws
Details on when California dog owners could be legally responsible for bites and other injuries caused by their pets.
Separate and Marital Property: Who Gets What in Divorce?
If you’re getting divorced, you might assume that all property in your name is yours to keep. Actually, it’s not always that simple.
Are Assets Split 50/50 in a Divorce?
If you're getting divorced, you might think that your marital property will have to be divided equally with your ex. But that's not always true.
Can You Be Laid Off While Receiving Workers' Comp?
Whether you can be laid off or fired while receiving workers' comp depends on the reason for your employer's action. Receiving workers' comp generally protects you from being laid off, but not all layoffs are illegal.
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.
How to File a Workers' Compensation Claim
To get workers' comp benefits for an on-the-job injury or illness, you need to follow your state's rules for reporting the injury and filing a claim. Learn how the process works and where to get more information and help.