Makala focuses her practice in appeals for class action complex litigation, primarily in automobile litigation. 

After graduation from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her master’s degree in social work. She then received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she served as the editor-in-chief of the Florida Law Review. Due to her work in the position, she earned the Dean’s Leadership Award. 

During her first summer in law school, Makala externed for the Honorable André Birotte Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, where she drafted orders and conducted legal research. Before law school, Makala worked as a social worker in two public defender’s offices. She credits her social work training and experience with helping her to be specifically focused on meeting client’s needs.