Carl J. Civella

Carl J. Civella

Sole Practitioner
Clayton, Missouri
314-283-6385 (24 Hour Line)

Carl Civella has practiced law for over 22 years. He attended highschool, college, and law school in St. Louis. He started his own practice almost immediately after law school. He has concentrated his practice on representing those charged with crimes, with a particular emphasis on those charged with DWI. In 1994, he became a member of the Illinois Bar. In 2007, he became a municipal prosecutor, which gave him a unique advantage in the courtroom when defending his criminal cases. He was better able to see a criminal case from both sides. Additionally, Carl has regularly attended DWI seminars nationwide, giving him the lastest strategies in DWI defense, and up-to- date knowledge of breath instrument technology.

Carl Civella has developed an impeccable reputation among court personnel, prosecutors, and judges over the last 22 years. He takes a great deal of pride in giving his clients highly personalized attention.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Driving While Intoxicated
  • 50% Criminal Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1993
  • Illinois, 1994


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D.
  • St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
    • Business and Administration, Concentration in Finance magna cum laude - 1988
    • Honors: President of the Executive Business Club of St. Louis University

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member, 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer work for Incarnate Word Parish, 2005 - 2016
  • Youth Baseball Coach, 2007 - 2016