PRACTICE AREAS Family Law; Divorce; Custody & Visitation; Alimony; Same-Sex Family Law; Father’s Rights; Guardianships; Personal Injury Slip and Falls, Car Accidents, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents; State Appeals; Civil Litigation; Business Litigation; General Litigation
EDUCATION Juris Doctorate, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; William H. Bowen School of Law, 2011 Bachelor of Arts in English; Arkansas State University, 2008
ADMISSIONS All Arkansas courts, including the Arkansas Supreme Court and Arkansas Court of Appeals United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
HONORS/AWARDS In 2016, Kayla was named by Little Rock Soiree as one of the Best Lawyers (Business Litigation).
In 2017, Kayla was named to the 2017-2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Little Rock, AR (Civil Litigation, including Business Litigation; Family Law; Custody & Visitation; Same-Sex Family Law; Child Support; Personal Injury; Premises Liability; Wrongful Death)
MEMBERSHIPS Arkansas Bar Association Pulaski County Bar Association Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers Central Arkansas Velo (CARVE)
PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Kayla is a passionate advocate who has always loved the law and competed in a forensic debate in high school and college before fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer. While in law school, Kayla was a member of numerous student organizations and served as Chief Honor Justice. Kayla received the Top Paper award for Lawyering Skills.
After passing the bar exam, Kayla joined Taylor & Taylor Law Firm P.A. as an Associate Attorney, representing clients in personal injury, debt collection, and appellate matters. Kayla then opened her own practice, The Applegate Firm, PLLC, which focused on representing individuals and businesses in a variety of civil matters. Since joining James, House & Downing, Kayla’s practice has focused on representing both individual and businesses in family law matters, business and civil litigation and personal injury litigation.
PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY & HOBBIES Kayla was born in North Little Rock and grew up in Sheridan, Arkansas before settling in Little Rock. Kayla is an avid road cyclist who trains and competes with the Ladies of Carve. She has completed numerous century rides since she started cycling in 2014, including a personal record 20 MPH average at the famous Hotter’N Hell Hundred in Wichita Falls, Texas. When she is not practicing law or biking, Kayla enjoys playing with her dogs Bella and Banjo, hiking, golfing and traveling with her husband, Ryan, who also practices law in Little Rock.