Karla comes from a large Latin American family. Since she was young, the importance of cultural traditions, language and identity was instilled in her. Karla’s undergraduate degree in Social Psychology further contributed to her understanding of individual identity and behaviour as shaped by cultural groups, geographies and relationships. She brings this cultural awareness as she interacts with and represents those involved in the personal injury system.
Karla graduated from the University of Ottawa Common Law Program. During her studies, she worked at the UOttawa Legal Clinic where she provided Community Legal Education and Outreach to community groups and organizations on various legal topics and issues, such as Tenant Rights and Human Rights at Work. Her experience at the clinic illuminated the importance of making Canadian law accessible for people of all cultural, religious, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds. Throughout law school, Karla was on the executive committee of the Latin American Law Student Association, where she planned fundraisers for Latin American communities facing hardships, provided peer mentorship, and hosted networking events.
Prior to being called to the bar in 2018, Karla completed her articles with the Ministry of the Attorney General at the Family Responsibility Office, where she gained solid litigation experience conducting enforcement proceedings. Her family background, degree in Social Psychology, community involvement and articling experience, have contributed to a passion for helping others and a valuing of cultural diversity that she brings with her to Carranza LLP.