Marla is originally from Fountain City, Indiana, a small town with a large work ethic. Marla grew up as a dairy farmer and student, and even worked outside the farm earning her way into Earlam College, where she studied psychology, graduating in 1994.
After undergraduate study, Marla attended (and dominated) IU Bloomington Law School. She received her Juris Doctorate with the Class of 1998 from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington.
Marla began her career in law advocating for the least fortunate of our communities in Marion County / Indianapolis. In February of 2005, after many victories and having made a habit of winning for her clients at the County, Marla hung a shingle and began her current practice, Attorney at Marla R. Thomas, Attorney at Law in Indianapolis, Indiana.