Carla De La Barra Helstrom

Managing Associate
T 502.568.0319
F 502.581.1087
400 West Market Street
Suite 3200
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-3363

Carla is a trial lawyer and practices in the firm’s product liability and tort and insurance practice groups.  Carla handles product liability actions, title insurance coverage and bad faith cases, asbestos litigation, and litigation involving food products. Most recently, Carla has litigated against an international company using her Spanish to review documents and take/defend depositions.  Carla also has successfully obtained summary judgment on a coverage issue wherein the court also dismissed the insurer's bad faith claims. 

Carla is a member of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  She was also recently selected for LEAD GLI Class of 2016.

Carla was a Wells Scholar at Indiana University Bloomington, where she graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in political science and Spanish with a minor in computer science. She received her J.D. from Indiana University's School of Law, Bloomington in 2008. While in law school, she served as the President of the Latino Law Student Association.  Carla speaks, reads and writes Spanish fluently.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Kentucky Rising Stars® 2013-2016
  • Wells Scholar
  • Phi Betta Kappa
  • Indiana Conference for Legal Educational Opportunity, Fellow

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Michael Yarbrough, Daniel Long and Carla De La Barra Helstrom, Diagnosis--Does Science Rule?  Ruling in/Ruling out Differential Diagnosis, 52 For The Defense, Jan. 2010, at 43-48, 84.

Steven Crawford and Carla De La Barra Helstrom, US Sixth Circuit adopts differential diagnosis admissibility standard, 20 Australian Product Liability reporter, Nos. 7-8, Dec. 2009, at 82-83.

Other Contact Info


Cathy Davidson
T 502.779.8544