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Overview

Kayla is an Associate in the firm’s Divorce, Marital and Family Law practice area. She handles the dissolution of marriage (divorce), child custody, paternity, child support, adoptions and domestic violence injunctions. Kayla is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts and in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Kayla was recognized by Florida Super Lawyers® magazine (2016—2019) as a “Rising Star” in the field of family law. She was honored as one of only 138 Florida attorneys named an “Up & Comer” by Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite in 2017. In 2019 Naples Illustrated named her a 'Top Lawyer' for her work in family law.

Prior to joining Henderson Franklin’s Family Law division, Kayla served as a summer associate, and she worked as a law clerk for the Honorable David A. Demers in Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit Court doing appellate work. 

While earning her law degree and Masters in Business Administration in law school, Kayla served as the Chief of the Stetson Ambassador Program. She was also Secretary of the Business Law Society, President of the Running Club, and participated in Inns of Court. Kayla received the Dean’s Award and William F. Blews Pro Bono Award.

Kayla was in the Honors College at the University of South Florida, a member of Honors College Student Council, and conducted undergraduate research on the effects of student leadership on the college campus. She also was a 400 hurdler for the Women’s Track and Field Team.

Kayla is a Fort Myers native who graduated from Fort Myers High School. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and two dogs, traveling and running. Kayla is also in the process of getting her private pilot’s license.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Kayla is active in the legal community and serves as a Governor for the 20th Judicial Circuit on the Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Board. She is the Immediate Past-President of the Lee County Association for Women Lawyers, a Past-President of the Lee County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, and she is a member of the Association of Family Law Professionals. She is a Barrister for the Calusa Inn of Court. She also devotes time to serving on the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida's Board of Directors and is Chair of the Hunger Walk Committee. Kayla has been volunteer coaching with the Fort Myers High School Track & Field Team for three years.

While attending Stetson University College of Law, Kayla participated in the Lawyers for Literacy program, tutoring third graders in the Tampa Bay Area to help them pass the FCAT.

Published Opinions

Leach v. Kersey, 162 So.3d 1104 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015)