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Kala Sellers

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There are few young attorneys working today as experienced and accomplished as Kala Sellers. She won her first seven-figure verdict in her first year as an attorney at Arnold & Itkin, and she has since litigated cases to juries in countless courthouses throughout the country. Since 2014, Kala has been integral to some of the firm’s most significant trial successes, amassing multiple 7- and 8-figure verdicts in the last several years.

"For me, being an attorney goes beyond what happens at the courthouse. It’s about understanding your clients and giving them the answers and resolution they need."

Biography

Profile

Kala has seen the inside of the courtroom more than most lawyers twice her age—and her results show it. In addition to courtroom advocacy, Kala prides herself on her ability to understand the larger picture of cases, considering all perspectives to best fight for the results her clients need. She’s methodical with her research and briefing, working diligently to achieve more than her clients might’ve thought possible.

This approach has allowed Kala to recover extraordinary settlements, including:

  • $46.5 million for injured plant workers
  • $40 million for injured Jones Act seamen
  • $35.5 million for a fatal motor vehicle accident
  • $14.5 million for an explosion survivor
  • $12.5 million for an electrocution
  • $8 million for injured motorists
  • $5.5 million for injured oil rig worker
  • $4.35 million for injured Jones Act seaman

Kala’s case experience includes a full array of personal injury catastrophes. She has represented survivors burned in explosions, injured in commercial vehicle wrecks, and permanently harmed while working offshore, as well as all types of industrial accidents. She has also worked extensively on mass pharmaceutical cases involving harmful drugs injuring innocent victims across the country.

Before becoming a trial lawyer, Kala showed her capacity for hard work and ambition. She grew up in Houston before relocating to North Carolina and enrolling at Duke University for her undergraduate studies. After excelling in political science and pre-law courses, Kala received a scholarship to Baylor Law School.

Kala graduated from Baylor Law School as a five-time Dean’s List student. During law school, she joined the ABA Labor Law Mock Trial Team, the AAJ National Mock Trial Team, and the NCTC Mock Trial Team. Her mock trial career reached its zenith when she was a semifinalist in the Baylor Top Gun Competition, an intra-scholastic mock trial tournament involving all third-year Practice Court students.

After law school, Kala sharpened her litigation skills at a small Houston firm that handled various personal injury cases in state and federal court. From there, she joined Arnold & Itkin, where her ambition and passion for advocacy found a natural home.

Her practice focuses primarily on matters involving catastrophic personal injury, offshore accidents, and large commercial vehicle accidents. She is licensed to practice in Louisiana and Texas but handles cases across the United States. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star™ multiple years in a row.

Since joining the firm, Kala has married her loving and understanding husband and has expanded her family with two young boys. She enjoys spending her free time being a mother, which can sometimes be just as challenging as tackling trial, in her opinion.

Our Clients Are More Than Cases

Stories About the Lives That We've Helped

  • “I told him, ‘Kurt you’re my hero. You’re my knight in shining armor.’”
    Mildred Solar Cortes El Faro Widow
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  • “They're fighting for these little people that can’t handle themselves when a giant comes. Almost like David and Goliath. It’s an amazing thing to see.”
    Shawn Thomas Workplace Explosion Victim
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  • “I really feel like Arnold & Itkin brought justice to my family. Not only my family but many other families. It was just unreal how tirelessly they worked.”
    Terry Yount Father of Risperdal Victim
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  • “They told me they were pretty much going to handle everything, I wasn’t going to have to worry about anything—which they held up to that.”
    Tinisha Thomas El Faro Widow
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  • “Sometimes I would think about the level of stress that I had going through this whole thing, and I think about Arnold & Itkin taking on that stress for me. They picked it up and they ran with it. They have allowed me to close that chapter and feel good about it and move forward without looking back with regrets. I feel great.”
    Denver & Jodie Colter Gas Line Explosion Victims
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  • “Whatever I needed, they gave it to me, they made sure I had it. Just one call and they were there to do it.”
    Desmond Calloway Pipeline Fire Victim
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  • “This firm has impacted every aspect of my life, past, present, future. They pulled off some miracles. They stood up for me when nobody else would.”
    Christopher Devall Workplace Explosion Victim
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  • “I felt like family because they were there to listen and hear—not just brush you off because 'you're just a client.' They let me know when I met them that everything was going to be all right.”
    Veronica Sowell Workplace Explosion Victim
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  • “They were very helpful in me evolving through this tragedy, basically. The stress that I was under—they made me feel relaxed. I know that if I called them now and I needed something, they would help me get whatever I needed.”
    Donna Deason
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Case Results

Check Out Kala's Victories

  • $40 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Jones Act Seamen Our team represented several offshore workers severely injured in a vessel collision. After several days of trial, we reached a settlement offer of $40 million on their behalf.
  • $31 Million Settlement Obtained for Seaman Hurt in Vessel Collision Our team reached a $31 million settlement on behalf an injured Jones Act seaman—despite the defendants denying all responsibility for the incident causing the injury.
  • $8 Million Major Settlement for Injured Motorists Our firm helped two motorists find justice after they were injured in a collision at an intersection. We won an $8 million award on their behalf.
  • $5.5 Million Settlement Reached for Jones Act Worker Hurt on Inland Waters Our legal team represented a Jones Act seaman who was severely injured following an accident on a crane barge. He turned to our team for help, and we successfully reached a $5.5 million settlement.
  • $4.4 Million $4.35 Million Won for Oilfield Worker Our oilfield accident attorneys fought and won on behalf of a worker who was severely injured while working in the oilfield.
  • $3.6 Million Settlement Reached for Louisiana Man Injured in Plant Accident Our legal team represented a young man injured while working at a plant in Texas. We fought aggressively to get him the best medical care and ultimately reached a $3.6 million settlement on his behalf.
  • $3.5 Million Settlement Reached for Worker Hurt on the Mississippi River Our firm represented a Jones Act seaman involved in a serious accident while working on the Mississippi River. Despite the defendant refusing all responsibility, we ultimately reached a $3.5 million settlement.
  • $3.45 Million Settlement Reached for Injured South Texas Plant Worker Our firm reached a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a worker injured at a Texas plant.
  • $3.45 Million Settlement Obtained for Man Injured in Industrial Accident Our firm helped a young man who suffered serious injured in a Texas workplace accident. We were able to help him get the best medical care while fighting for these life-changing results on his behalf.
  • $3.35 Million Settlement Recovered for Industrial Accident Victim Our attorneys represented a young man injured while working at a Texas plant and were able to recover a multi-million dollar settlement on his behalf.

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