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Carla’s personal and professional experiences during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike motivated her to become a strong advocate for those treated unfairly by insurance companies. When Texas and Louisiana experienced destruction from those powerful storms, Carla was an insurance claims adjuster. She had gained 10 years of invaluable experience working for large insurance companies in Texas, Louisiana and Florida.
Because of Carla’s expertise, friends and family reached out to her for assistance with their claims. To Carla’s surprise, even as an adjuster with evidence of indisputable damage to the properties, she had to fight with her fellow adjusters and insurance companies to get fair compensation for her loved ones’ damages.
Carla had always believed that, as an adjuster, she was in a position to help people but she quickly realized that not all adjusters and insurance companies shared this sentiment. This is when she decided to practice law. While she knew her path to practicing law would be a non-traditional one, she quickly changed directions and began the journey to become an attorney who zealously represents plaintiffs in personal and commercial lines insurance breach of contract and bad faith disputes, including catastrophic property claims.
Carla wouldn’t trade those experiences because they inspired her to become the persistent proponent of policyholders’ rights to recovery of policy benefits that she is today. Carla hopes that her son is inspired by the risks that she has taken to stand up for what is right and advocate for those who are unable to do so for themselves.
Carla began practicing law at The Hodge Law Firm in 2014. She represented governmental entities and school districts in their Hurricane Ike cases and hundreds of Hidalgo County property owners in their wind and hail damage cases.
Carla received Undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 2013. In law school, Carla was on the Dean’s list and published articles in the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal and Student Lawyer magazine. She worked as a judicial intern for Federal District Court Judges Vanessa D. Gilmore and Kenneth M. Hoyt of the U.S. Southern District of Texas – Houston Division and as a law clerk for Judge Caroline E. Baker in the 295th Harris County Civil District Court in Houston.
Carla is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and all Texas State Courts. She is currently affiliated with the following organizations: American Bar Association, Association of Women Attorneys, Houston Bar Association, Houston Young Lawyers Association.
Carla and her brother grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana where she attended Ursuline Academy.
Carla began working at the age of 16 as a dental assistant. She learned a sense of responsibility and work ethic that has served her well throughout her career. Her experience in an environment where patients were generally unsettled about procedures allowed her to utilize the warm, caring, and comforting mannerisms that she has brought forward to her practice of law. This position certainly started her on the path to helping those who need assistance.