Karla Vázquez

Paralegal / Spanish Interpreter

Karla Vázquez is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, where she grew up before moving with her family to Monterrey, Mexico. She attended the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León where she became a Bachelor of Laws (lawyer in Mexico) graduating with honors.

During her studies in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, she worked in the criminal courts of Ciudad de San Nicolas de los Garza, the IMPI patent office in CINTERMEX, and as a legal advisor to the Mexican corporation Dinamica de Monterrey grupo ALFA.

In 2005 Karla came to the United States where she studied English at Mississippi College, specializing in English in the legal field. After completing this course of study, she obtained a work visa and began her career as a paralegal and translator for Elmore Litton previously known as Elmore & Associates.

Her work helps overcome the language barrier between Spanish-speaking clients and the court system. She works closely with all of the firm's attorneys and devotes much of her time to assisting clients in personal injury, workers' compensation, family area, and criminal defense cases.

Karla is frequently contacted by the different courts in Mississippi to be an interpreter and assist judges, prosecutors, police, and individuals in understanding their case during their trial, as well as assisting them in family cases such as Guardian ad Litem.

Karla's dedication to her work and to the Hispanic community in Mississippi helped the law firm where she works be designated as part of the Mexican Consulate in New Orleans' PALE program.

She has earned respect in the business community and was elected president of the Mississippi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce from 2010-2012. As president, she focused on Education and promoted events to create scholarships for Hispanic children in the City of Canton and create drawing contests in different public high schools where computers were donated to the winners. She has been featured in Clarion-Ledger, Jackson Free Press, WLBT TV, and Jackson's Boom magazine.

Karla is a former member of the IME Advisory Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2012-2014. During her tenure, she worked with different members to promote, authorize and create a new Consulate in Milwaukee as well as create a nationwide fraud prevention education program for Mexican Consulates in the United States.

In 2014, Karla was the keynote speaker at NASA Mississippi State Space Center Stennis for the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and 2018 she was a speaker at the Emancipation Celebration of the Refugee Minors Program at Jackson State University.

Karla focuses on continuing to work with the Hispanic community as well as different municipal and state organizations, in this way to create links that help the growth of acceptance of Latinos in the State of Mississippi, in addition to being able to open new opportunities for study, health and work for future generations.