The Carlson Law Firm


Firm Overview

Trustworthiness is one of the key characteristics you need in an attorney. If you are in need of legal representation, you want to be confident in your choice. So why place your trust in the attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm? For one, our lawyers have been nationally recognized for excellence in the legal field. Attorney Bruce Phillips is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). The TBLS offers this rigorous examination to distinguish a higher class of lawyer. According to TBLS, Board Certified attorneys are the only attorneys who have earned the right to be called specialists in their field of practice. Less than ten percent of Texas attorneys have been Board Certified.

L. Todd Kelly of the firm is also in the list of Texas Super Lawyers, a legal designation to which only the top five percent of total lawyers in the state of Texas are selected. L. Todd Kelly and R. Bruce Phillips have been AV Peer Review Rated on Martindale-Hubbell. Attorneys who have been AV Rated are those that have demonstrated a high level of professionalism and ethics in their field of practice. It is the goal of our firm to provide high-quality representation to each client uniquely. Whatever your legal need, you can be confident that The Carlson Law Firm will deliver effective, aggressive and skillful representation you can trust.

The Carlson Law Firm provides legal representation in five distinct areas of practice: personal injury, medical malpractice, bankruptcy, family law and criminal defense. Each of these practices areas are led by attorneys skilled and experienced in their particular field. Our personal injury attorneys fight aggressively for maximum financial compensation in cases both large and small. We represent individuals who have been injured by the negligent and careless actions of others in cases such as car accidents, premises liability and wrongful death. We also represent clients against doctors and medical facilities in the event of medical malpractice such as surgical errors and misdiagnosis. Our bankruptcy practice handles all types of legal debt solutions. Our family law practice aims to successfully resolve divorce, separation, custody and other types of family legal issues. Our criminal defense lawyers are skilled in both felony and misdemeanor defense cases and have the trial skills to bring cases to a successful resolution. Discuss your case with The Carlson Law Firm to see how we could help.
Main Office

Main Office
400 West Jasper Drive
Killeen  TX  76542

  • (254) 526-5688
Auto Accident
At The Carlson Law Firm, we can help you prove that the other person is at fault through a detailed look at the case.
There are all different kinds of car accidents. Some are very minor and do not incur much damage to those involved. Others are major and can cause severe injury or even death to those involved. If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident that has resulted in personal injuries, it is important to discuss your situation with an attorney as soon as possible. If you were the victim of an auto accident, you are entitled to compensation for the medical bills, pain, suffering and even future medical procedures.

In the event of negligence on the part of the other individual, our firm can help show that the driver was at blame for drinking and driving, reckless driving and all around distracted driving. Our firm has a substantial amount of attorneys, nurses, and investigators who are specialize in not only helping you physically, but helping to prove negligence also. At The Carlson Law Firm, we can help you through every step of the process of filing a personal injury claim.
At The Carlson Law Firm, we understand situations concerning debt and know have to help those in financial situations discharge their debt.
If you are considering bankruptcy as an option to your debt problem, it is helpful to discuss your situation with a skilled bankruptcy attorney to better understand your legal options. Prior to filing, you should carefully consider the circumstance. One of our bankruptcy attorneys from The Carlson Law Firm could prove to be a valuable tool when dealing with this situation. Our team understands these circumstances and has assisted previous clients with achieving financial freedom. With offices throughout Central Texas in cities like Temple, Killeen and Waco, we are able to reach more people and help them find a favorable resolution to their debt. Below is a list of aspects of bankruptcy that we can help you clearly understand:

Chapter 7
There are two types of bankruptcy that you could choose. The first is Chapter 7. This type of bankruptcy purposes in giving debt relief to those who need it. It helps you wipe away all of your unsecured debt with the peace that creditors can no longer attempt to contact you.

Chapter 13
Chapter 13 can be used for stopping foreclosure, repossession, wage garnishment and debt consolidation. It is for those who have more debt than can be repaid each month and are therefore at risk of losing for personal possessions and property.

Foreclosure Defense
If your home is scheduled to be foreclosed, defense from a bankruptcy lawyer is essential. There are various ways to avoid foreclosure from being executed. If you wish to keep your home but experiencing serious financial trouble, a lawyer can help defend your situation.

The Bankruptcy Process
There is a process to bankruptcy that should be closely followed. A bankruptcy lawyer should help you go through the process of a credit counseling course, gathering information, creating a plan and all other steps to filing.

At The Carlson Law Firm, our job is to make sure that you are protected and led through bankruptcy from the beginning to the end. Bankruptcy is a complex situation and it often demands attention from one of our attorneys. It is not often a circumstance you will want to experience on your own. Our firm is available to assess your situation and create a plan that works for all involved. Contact a bankruptcy lawyer at our firm to ensure that bankruptcy is effectively executed. We have offices in Killeen, Temple, Waco, and all throughout Texas.
Child Custody
At The Carlson Law Firm, we take into consideration many factors that are part of a divorce case and the family's previous lifestyle to try and develop a child custody plan.
Divorce cases are typically very difficult, exhausting and messy situations, especially when children are involved. When it comes to determining physical and legal custody of your child or children, you will be focused on ensuring that their best interest is made first priority, and so will our firm. It is an emotional situation that can be handled with the assistance of an attorney from a Temple family lawyer from our firm.


If you are trying to develop a parenting plan without having to involve the court to a large degree, you will want to familiarize yourself and your near ex-spouse with the different types of child custody. Legal custody is the right and responsibility to make large decisions considering the child's wellbeing and future. This includes decisions regarding religion, education and other large factors. Physical custody determines where the child will actually be living. This parent will be making decisions concerning everyday life. Generally, it is decided that joint custody is the best option, since both parents will then be able to be part of the child's life.


It is important to understand the vast importance of fighting for you and your child's rights in this situation. If you and your spouse are not able to arrive at an agreeable compromise, the judge will make a decision based on his or her outside opinion of the situation. Our firm advises that you make sure to take every effort to protect your interests. We can safeguard your rights and help you obtain child custody if that is in the best interest of your child. Contact a legal professional at one of our offices in Killeen and Temple to learn more about how you can accomplish your divorce or family law goals.
Child Support
Child Support Lawyer in Texas

When a family with young children comes to a diversion in the road and deals with a situation of divorce one of the most difficult factors is determining child support. It is a sensitive but vital factor because it involves the health and wellbeing of a child. It is important to settle matters involving children with a knowledgeable and caring lawyer present if an amicable relationship does not exist. It is most important that fair child support payments can be worked out so that the child is not looked past and unable to be taken proper care of without support.


There are many factors that are taken into consideration by the court when pursuing child support calculations. The court will determine the income of both parents, including extra bonuses, income of businesses owned by either parent, number of children in the family, cost of daycare and other expenses for the child and health care insurance prices. At The Carlson Law Firm, we can help you achieve a successful verdict to your situation. Other personal circumstances can occur depending on child custody and other issues. Modifications can also occur in the future if that becomes necessary.

There are times when a divorcing couple cannot arrive at an agreement by themselves. There are other times when a child support agreement is not being followed, which is an issue of non-compliance. In these situations, a lawyer can get involved to ensure that you and your child's rights are being regarded. It is important to seek the help of one of our lawyers from The Carlson Law Firm for the reason that we can pursue actions to make sure this situation is not repeated. We have been serving the community since 1976 and can be available to help you through your situation. Contact our firm at one of our 11 office locations throughout Texas, including Killeen and Temple.
Divorce Lawyer in Killeen and Temple

Even thinking about the concept of divorce can bring heartache to many hurting couples. Divorce is not an easy legal mater to handle, especially when matters of child support and child custody have to be determined. There are different types of divorces, contested and uncontested. Even in uncontested divorces, which are those involving amicable relationships, emotions are typically very sensitive. Feelings of anger, loss, pain and frustration are typically found and one of our attorneys from The Carlson Law Firm is available to release some of the burden from your situation.


When it comes to establishing the grounds for divorce, the state of Texas has seven that can be considered. Grounds for divorce are reasons that a married couple will be able to legally get divorced. These seven reasons to get divorced include:

This is the most common reason for divorce, which alleges that the marriage has become insupportable as a result of disagreement and conflict. If you and your spouse is not getting along anymore and you cannot see another solution, this would be your solution to choose.

If your spouse has treated you or children in a cruel or abusive manner and living together is no longer an option, this would be the option to choose. This grounds for divorce is also often alleged.

Adultery is a common grounds for divorce. It is when one spouse is not faithful to the other. When one spouse has sexual intercourse with another individual that is not their spouse, this can be used as a grounds for divorce.

Felony Conviction
In the state of Texas, if your spouse has been convicted of a felony, is imprisoned for a year or more and has not been pardoned, a divorce can take place. This cannot take place if the convicted spouse was imprisoned on the testimony of the one pursuing divorce.

If your spouse has abandoned you a divorce can be accomplished. The important part is that the abandonment had to have lasted for a year or longer.

Living Separately
If you and your spouse have lived apart for at least three years, a divorce is a possibility. This is used when it is a mutual agreement to live separately.

Confinement in a Mental Facility
If your spouse is in a mental hospital and has been for three years, you can pursue divorce. When they do not appear to be improving, a divorce can take place.


Filing for divorce has many aspects involved. It is a process that is best accomplished with the assistance of an attorney from our firm. We can be your guide through the situation and walk you through each step of the process. No matter what the grounds for divorce, we understand that this is a difficult situation, which is why we are available to help. Since 1976, our firm has served clients in Killeen, Temple and throughout central Texas.
At The Carlson Law Firm, our team is prepared to ensure that you obtain effective legal counsel to those who are dealing with difficult family law issues. We can demonstrate our care and respect for our clients in a variety of ways.

Are you dealing with a difficult family law issue? If the answer is yes, it could prove invaluable to enlist the assistance of a family law attorney who understands the way that divorce can forever shape and alter a family dimension. There are many issues that arise when it comes to dissolving a marriage. If you have a lawyer on your side, matters such as alimony and child custody do not be stressful situations. Family law practice demands a sensitive and caring attorney who desires to personally invest in the case.


At The Carlson Law Firm, our team is prepared to ensure that you obtain effective legal counsel to those who are dealing with difficult family law issues. We can demonstrate our care and respect for our clients in a variety of ways, including assisting with the following situations:

Alimony is also called spousal support. It is a financial issue that has to be discussed in great depth and the proper calculation can be made to determine how much support one spouse should pay to the other. For both parties, this is a large determination that can direct the remainder of your future.

Child Custody
When it comes to divorces involving children, they can become very messy situations. Who gets custody of the child is typically a major concern of both parents. There are different options for custody, and a determination can be made based on what would be in the child's best interest.

Child Support
The financial support of your children during a divorce is a very important part of a child's life after their life changes with the separation. A lawyer can make sure that your desires and your child's best interests are properly protected.

Divorce is one of the most tragic circumstances that can occur to any family. Unfortunately, approximately 50% of marriages end in divorce. Having a professional and experienced team of attorneys can make a large difference in your divorce situation. There are many legal aspects that play a role in divorce.

Military Divorce
Military divorces have special situations involved. There are specific laws set in place that protect the party serving the country. It is beneficial to work with an attorney in these situations. An attorney who is very familiar with military divorces can help you through all legal aspects of a military divorce.

According to the opinion of most judges, children typically benefit most from the interaction from both parents. Therefore, visitation schedules are usually formatted around this one primary consideration. An attorney from our firm can help you work out a visitation schedule that works for all involved.


When it comes to working out legal aspects of a divorce, a Texas family law attorney from our firm is available to help. We can be by your side to resolve the family law matter that is before you. Our goal is to determine a plan that works in the best interest of both you and any children involved. You can trust our firm to lead you through this difficult time. Contact our firm today for 24/7 representation from our offices in Temple, Killeen and throughout Texas.
Medical Malpractice
Texas Medical Malpractice Attorney

Patients put their health into the hands of physicians. When something goes wrong as a result of the medical staff's negligence, it can cause further injury and even wrongful death. Medical professionals have a responsibility to carefully execute a case and perform a diligent surgery or procedure. If you are in a situation that demands the attention of a medical malpractice attorney who performs medical malpractice cases, we advise that you take the step to discuss your case with one of our attorneys.


According to the National Quality Forum, there are 28 malpractice events that are listed as "never events." This means that there is no excuse for them ever occurring. Various types of surgical errors are included on this list, such as foreign body retention (leaving a medical device inside a patient), patient death after a low-risk surgery and wrong site surgery. Although there are intricate guidelines for surgical safety, surgical errors still occur. According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, there are about 4,000 surgical mistakes annually in the United States.

Failure to diagnose is also a common type of medical malpractice. Diagnostic error is one of the primary reasons for patient death and injury. While some medical conditions are difficult to diagnose by nature, other diagnosis failures are caused directly by the oversight and negligence of physicians. Without the proper treatment, a medical condition can worsen if not diagnosed or diagnosed properly. The medical malpractice attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm also passionately represent birth injury victims. The term birth injuries can refer to an injury suffered by the mother or her infant during the process of labor. While many cases of birth injuries are common complications, some are the result of blatant medical negligence. Common birth injuries include brachial palsy, brain injuries and fractures.

We also represent clients dealing with cases such as:

-Brain Injuries
-Dental Malpractice
-Military Medical Malpractice
-Nursing Home Negligence

At The Carlson Law Firm, we are ready to meet with you for an initial complimentary consultation to discuss your situation. You are likely entitled to a substantial amount of compensation for your injuries or family member's death. It is only natural to become very frustrated when you are not properly looked after because you expect your medical treatment to be of high quality and performed with diligence. Even when it comes to simple errors, serious damage could result and lead to injuries or illnesses that last a lifetime. Our firm can help you seek the maximum compensation that you deserve.


Your doctor has a professional obligation to uphold to you, the patient. As your primary caregiver, surgeon, specialist or even your pharmacist, that professional has a duty to care for you in a way that serves your best health interests. A breach of that duty to care is the foundation for all medical malpractice lawsuits. The basic elements of every medical malpractice claim can be broken down as such:

-An established duty: Your physician owed you a duty of care or treatment.
-A breach of that duty: Your physician failed to perform at a level consistent with the current medical standards.
-The breach of care resulted in injury: Your physician's lack of adherence to medical standards directly led to your injury or illness.
-The injury or illness resulted in emotional or physical damage. Without actual evidence of damage, a medical malpractice claim cannot stand.


We understand medical malpractice. We have dealt with severe anesthesia negligence and surgical error cases and understand the pain that is experienced in such circumstances. These are all serious injuries that demand the attention of a skilled Texas medical malpractice lawyer from our firm, so call today to schedule an appointment at one of our many offices located throughout Texas in Killeen, Temple, Waco, Bryan, Laredo and other areas as well.
Military Divorce
Texas Military Divorce Attorney

When it comes to divorce situations involving members of the military, there are specific laws that make the divorce more complex than typical. Special and unique issues take place when compared to everyday civilian divorces. There are laws that are set in place to protect active military members from being placed in default because of a failure to respond to divorce actions. Everyone has the right to know that they are being divorced, and active military men and women are often unable to respond at an appropriate time. This protection was established under the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, 50 UCS 521.


The active military spouse will have to be personally served with a divorce summons or else the court will not have jurisdiction over the active military member. An exception can sometimes occur in uncontested cases where the active duty spouse does not have to be served if the member signs a waiver that acknowledges the divorce. The residency requirements include that either spouse lives in Texas and that the active service member is stationed in Texas.

Other factors are specific as well when it involves a military divorce, such as child support and spousal support. The awards are not allowed to exceed 60% of the military member's pay. For those on either side of a military divorce, our firm can make the situations clear and understandable. This is a situation you will not want to experience on your own as there are many specifications involved. We can help you reach an agreeable settlement, and if this is not possible, our firm can aggressively fight for you and your rights. Make sure to get the protection you need as you experience this difficult point of your life. Call The Carlson Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer in one of our 11 offices throughout Texas. We have been serving clients in Killeen, Temple and beyond since 1976, and we are prepared to help you.
Personal Injury
At The Carlson Law Firm, we make sure that each client is given the exceptional experience that they deserve.

One of the most devastating and unexpected circumstances can be to sustain injuries from an accident caused by the negligence of another individual. Your case will be more than just a number and therefore, we can invest our experience and skills into your legal issue.Our aim is to always seek maximum case results for every client we work with, no matter how easy or difficult their case appears.

Our personal injury lawyers come highly-rated, and many are AV or AV Preeminent Rated on Martindale-Hubbell. This is a legal peer rating system that recognizes attorneys based on their overall quality, skill and experience in the field. Our personal injury attorneys have also been tested and proven for civil trial skill and knowledge. One of our firm's personal injury lawyers, Bruce Philips, passed the rigorous exam to become Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law.

This means that he is among only ten percent of Texas attorneys that have earned the right to be called "specialists." We also have personal injury lawyers on staff that have been selected to the list of Texas Super Lawyers, which is an honor that only five percent of Texas attorneys receive annually. These recognitions represent a relentless dedication to our clients as well as the successful outcome of their cases, and with offices conveniently located throughout Texas in cities such as Waco, Temple and Killeen, we are able to extend our services to more people.


The personal injury attorneys at our firm represent clients in a number of different types of cases. Whether your case seems large or small, our firm is dedicated to passionate representation of injury victims regardless of the degree of complexity. We are prepared to tackle any type of case, whether that's a car accident case, a workplace injury, premises liability or even a wrongful death lawsuit. Our personal injury lawyers are skilled at the settlement table, often procuring successful results before a case reaches the trial phase. In other cases, trial is a necessity in order to secure a just reward. Whatever your case might involve, it is our job to ensure that we use whatever legal means necessary to get you and your loved ones the compensation that you deserve.


One of the first and most important actions to take after a personal injury occurs is to enlist a knowledgeable lawyer who can help you file a claim. In Texas, the statute of limitations is two years. This means that you have two years to file a personal injury claim for an accident you were involved in. Our firm encourages individuals to seek attorney counsel as soon as possible after an accident. Contact us for a free evaluation of your case so that we can provide you with the necessary information and help you take the best course of action.

At The Carlson Law Firm, we can provide a level of representation that has been given recognition with awards and accolades that can be used to your advantage. With the number of attorneys at our firm, we have the ability to provide the comprehensive representation you need for your case. For The Carlson Law Firm, each client is unique and each case should be handled uniquely. For personalized service with quality you can trust, contact our firm today!
Product Liability
Texas Product Liability Attorney
Some of the most undesirable situations include those involving malfunctioning products. If a product is purchased and does not perform as stated, but instead, causes injury or harm to its users, the situation could lead to substantial frustration as a result of the injuries. A potentially defective process can cause substantial dangerous circumstances, and when they occur, it is important to obtain the help you need. Our firm can use each experience we have encountered, as a team and individuals, to make your case one that is prepared to be fought.


There are many laws and regulations in place for how products should work and fulfill expectations. If the product does not work as advertised, but instead causes injury or even wrongful death, our firm can provide assistance as soon as you contact our office. We have substantial experience with product liability cases, which is the liability of distributors, suppliers, and manufacturers for defective products. When a consumer is unfortunate enough to be the user of a defective product, great danger could result. Liability can be proven with the assistance of one of our personal investigators. There is no other place you need to go to get the representation you deserve.

Product liability is often difficult to determine because it is hard to figure out who is truly at fault. Manufacturers are liable for design defects and other situations that could have been prevented with closer attention to the product. Possible injuries include head injuries, burns, fractures and even blindness. Damage from recalled products cause a loss of money and injuries each year, and a lawyer from our firm is available to fight for compensation in this situation. Contact our firm at your earliest convenience to handle your situation with one of our attorney's help.
Trucking Accident
For aggressive representation after sustaining injuries in a truck accident, call our truck accident lawyers at the The Carlson Law Firm.
We have the skills and ability to help you, and we can fight for a settlement that makes a difference to your case. Commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, pose a large threat to passenger vehicles, pedestrians and motorcyclists. They are large and heavy vehicles that are no match for any other vehicle on a roadway or highway. Another great danger that trucks pose is that they carry hazardous substances and materials that can be toxic and flammable. Their overall design does not allow for quick maneuvers and stopping to be easily executed.


A truck accident can cause serious bodily harm and damage to any involved. Smaller vehicles and passengers can easily be crushed and damaged due to the trucks massive weight and explosive qualities. Especially during certain times of the year when the weather affects the roads, trucks can prove to be a serious danger to others on the road. Many truck accidents are caused out of negligence of either the driver or company. Long haul drivers spend long hours on the road without much rest, food, or breaks. This can cause exhaustion and falling asleep at the wheel. Drivers can also act in a negligent manner by making illegal turns or driving beyond the posted speed limits. Those responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the truck may also be responsible for problems with the truck itself.

If you have been involved in a truck accident and received injuries as a result, our firm can provide the assistance you require. This is not a situation you will want to handle on your own because it can prove to be long, complicated and frustrating. Our firm can help you prove negligence to get you the compensation that you deserve. One of our attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm can be your guide through the process. This is not a situation you should attempt to conquer on your own. Contact our firm if you have been involved in a truck accident and would like to obtain compensation for your damages.Our firm has offices in Killeen, Temple, and Waco.
Wrongful Death
At The Carlson Law Firm, we are diligent in our pursuit of investigating wrongful death cases.

One of the most tragic circumstances that can occur is that of a wrongful death. When a loved one dies as a result of another's careless actions or negligence, the law does not take this situation lightly. Victim's families are able to receive compensation for the wrongful death of another individual to care for those who are suffering and facing heartache as a result of the accident. When a loved one is lost to wrongful death, the family is entitled to substantial compensation. The main problem with this situation, however, is proving liability of the individual who caused the circumstance, especially with few or no witnesses present.

When a loved one is lost, there is not enough compensation in the world to make up for the pain and suffering that is taking place. Families are forced to deal with logistical and expensive situations, such as a funeral and burial. An attorney from our firm can discuss this scenario with you and can take the burden upon ourselves. We can also aggressively pursue compensation for the lost loved one. We understand that this is a difficult and emotionally challenging situation, and therefore, we can fight right by your side. Our goal is to protect your rights and ensure that your family gets the compensation that you deserve.


There are many causes of wrongful death, but some are more common than others, Many wrongful deaths occur from motor vehicle accidents, especially those involving drunk driving. Workplace accidents can take place and pose a serious risk to the employees. Product liability is another cause of a wrongful death and one that is especially tragic. No matter what the cause or circumstance, our firm can help you accomplish a fair and just settlement. Our job is to protect your rights, so call today to schedule a consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. The Carlson Law Firm has offices in Killeen, Temple, Waco, and throughout central Texas.

The Carlson Law Firm

At The Carlson Law Firm, we can handle your personal injury, family law, bankruptcy, or criminal defense case in a professional and aggressive manner. When you choose our firm, you will be hiring a team of attorneys with talent, experience, and skills that are purposeful in helping you obtain the maximum settlement in after an injury, remain amicable during and after a divorce, successfully file for bankruptcy, and be defended after a criminal charge or arrest.

Our attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of the unique legal issue affecting Americans today. No matter whether you have been involved in a life altering vehicle accidents or have been wrongly accused of committing a crime, you will need strong representation to fight for your rights. Our firm has more than 20 attorneys whose practice ranges from a variety of fields of law, and we have offices in Laredo, Killeen, Temple, Waco, Bryan and throughout central Texas as well. All of our attorneys make our firm one to stand proud of, no matter what case it is we are fighting.

-Renee Kuhl
-Scott Crivelli
-Bruce Phillips
-Michael Erskine
-Julie Purves
-Cassandra Charles
-Nathan Kennedy
-Kathryn Knotts
-Savannah Stroud
-Drew Gibbs
-Francisco Morales
-Steve Dummitt
-Kent A. Kirkpatrick
-Roberto Flores
-Robert Ranco
-Vicki Carlson
-Craig Carlson
-Steven Walden
-Edna Elizondo
-Elizabeth A. Rhodes
-L. Todd Kelly
-Dominic M.V. Braus
-James E. Stephenson
-Mstislav Talavera-Karmanov