Carla Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism in 1993 from Louisiana State University and her Juris Doctorate degree in 1997 from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. While completing her bachelor’s degree, Carla did an internship with WJBO - 1150 A.M. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before entering law school, she was hired as a reporter and videographer for WAFB - TV, Channel 9. During the same time, she was also a radio show host on WJBO - 1150 A.M. and a disc jockey/radio personality on WFMF - 102.5 F.M., Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Carla began her legal career in 1997 as a staff attorney with the Louisiana Board of Ethics. In 2000, she began practicing law in the private sector concentrating on Environmental Law, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury, and Class Action Administration. She is a litigator in both State and Federal Court with considerable trial experience. Her practice concentrates mainly on Insurance Defense, Construction Law, Personal Injury, Risk Management, Ethics Law, Employment Law, and Education Law issues.
Carla is a member of the Texas Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, National Bar Association, the Louis A. Martinet Society, the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, the Louisiana School Attorneys Association, and the Defense Research Institute (DRI - the voice of the defense), among others. She is admitted to practice before all Texas State Courts, and all Louisiana State and Federal Courts. She is also admitted to practice in the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Carla has also been appointed by local courts to act as the Special Master and Assistant to the Special Master in various Class Action lawsuits. Carla has been selected to "The National Black Lawyers - Top 100" list for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020.