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Protecting The Rights And Freedom Of The Accused

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Carl J. Civella

  • Attorney at Law


Practice Areas

  • DWI & Drug Defense 80%
  • Auto Accidents - Personal Injury 20%


 I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  Attended St. Louis Priory high school in Creve Coeur, Missouri before moving onto college at St. Louis University.  I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree from St. Louis University in Finance in 1988.

After taking a year off to explore an occupation in the Finance field, I decided to listen to the advice from my grandfather and seek my lifelong passion of becoming a lawyer.  I graduated St. Louis University School of Law in 1993.  I immediately obtained a license to practice in both Missouri and Illinois.  Due to my experience with criminal defense during my summers in law school, I decided to open my own criminal defense practice with a focus on DWI and Drug Offenses in 1994.

In 2007, I became a municipal prosecutor, which gave me a unique advantage in the courtroom when defending criminal cases. I was better able to see a criminal case from both sides. Additionally, I have regularly attended DWI seminars nationwide, giving me the latest strategies in DWI defense, and up-to- date knowledge of breath instrument technology

I've been happily married for 22 years and have two boys, ages 18 and 21.  I was very involved with them growing up, teaching them the importance of family, faith and an education.  I thoroughly enjoyed acting as their baseball coach for many of those years.

I have continued my sole practice in Clayton now for 28 years, still passionate and loving what I do!


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: President of the Executive Business Club of St. Louis University
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Finance

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1993
  • Illinois, 1994

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2018 to Present
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2000 to 2010
  • American Bar Association, 2000 to 2010

Pro-Bono Activities

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

Past Positions

  • Bradford Kessler, PC, Law Intern, 1990 to 1993


  • English