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Carl Matthew Ward

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

I grew up in St. Charles, Missouri, where I graduated from High School in 1975.   I was a baseball pitcher, but blew my arm out before my senior year.  I played the French Horn in the orchestra and band.  I worked at a restaurant all through high school. 


 


After I graduated high school, I was offered a job in restaurant management in Sarasota, Florida.   Three years later, I moved back to Missouri so I could continue my education.  I worked my way through colllege and law school while doing "hot tar" roofing, landscaping work, and private security work.  I met my wife, Judy, in college, was married in 1981, and have been happily married ever since.  I have two daughters, a grandson, and a new granddaughter.  


 


After my graduation from law school at St. Louis University in 1984, I started practicing law.  For the first five years of my career, I worked for a law firm in downtown St. Louis and learned the practice of law from some of the very best attorneys I have ever known.  I then started my own law practice in 1989.


 


I have lived in Peoria, Illinois, where I was born in 1957.  I have lived in Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, Valley Park, and Washington, Mo.   I now live in Villa Ridge, Mo.  My first office was in Clayton, Missouri.  Thereafter, my office was in Chesterfield and Washington.  I currently have an office in Des Peres, Mo.  I plan on staying there for at least the next 10 years. 


 


My favorite country to visit is Ireland.  My favorite place to visit in the US is South Beach, Miami, Florida.  My favorite past time is watching World of Outlaws sprint car and NASCAR races.  I collect breath alcohol testing devices.  I am a geneologist and love WWI and Civil War history.  My grandfather fought in the trenches in France duing WWI.  My great, great grandfather fought for the Union Army as a member of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry, USA.  I have been to numerous Civil War battlefields around the Country.


 


My favorite charity is the US Army Special Forces Association.   The Army "Special Forces" are also known as the "Green Berets."  I have made it my special mission to raise as much money as possible for the families of those GB soldiers who have given their lives protecting our Country. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. DUI & DWI: 85%
    30 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 15%
    30 years, 4 thousand cases

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

25 total 

  • Michael Joseph Randazzo

    Carl is the best in the business, period.

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    Michael Randazzo Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Carl. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

WARD & ASSOCIATES | Trial Attorneys

12444 Powerscourt Drive
Suite 370
Saint Louis, MO, 63131

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MOGood Standing, Active198401/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
U.S. News - Best Law FirmsU.S. News - Best Lawyers2015
AV® "Preeminent" Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Client Distinction AwardLawyers.com2014
AV® Preeminent™Peer Review Rating for 10 consecutive yearsMartindale-Hubbell2014
Named Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Mo.National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2014
U.S. News - Best Law FirmsU.S. News - Best Lawyers2014
AV® "Preeminent" Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Client Distinction AwardLawyers.Com2013
Best Lawyers - DWI Defense - St. Louis AreaSt. Louis Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Top Attorneys in Missouri and KansasKC Magazine2012
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2012
AV® "Preeminent" Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell®2012
Avvo Superb Rating of 10 out of 10American Registry2012
Best Lawyers - DWI Defense - St. Louis AreaSt. Louis Magazine2012
Avvo Superb Rating of 10 out of 10American Registry2011
AV® "Preeminent" Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell®2011
Best Lawyers - DWI Defense - St. Louis AreaSt. Louis Magazine2011
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2011
AV® "Preeminent" Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell®2010
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Lawyers & Law Firms Directory2010
AV® "Preeminent" Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2009
Bernard Edelman Tradition AwardMissouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Lawyers & Law Firms Directory2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Lawyers & Law Firms Directory2008
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2008
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2007
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Robert Duncan Award of Appellate ExcellenceMissouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2006

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Trial AttorneyCARL WARD LAW LLC a/k/a WARD & ASSOCIATES1989 - Present
Senior AssociateRaskas, Ruthmeyer, Pomerantz and Wynn1984 - 1989
Law ClerkRaskas, Ruthmeyer, Pomerantz & Wynn1983 - 1984

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice President2014 - Present
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersSecretary2013 - 2014
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTreasurer2012 - 2013
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAssociate Member2009 - Present
Franklin County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
California DUI DefendersAssociate Member2008 - Present
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2007 - 2012
Missouri Society for Criminal JusticeFounder2006 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1999 - Present
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1989 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember1989 - Present
Missouri BarMember1984 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Brown v. Director of Revenue, 85 S.W. 3d 1 (Mo. 2002)Lost the Battle, Won the War
York v. Director of Revenue, 186 S.W.3d 267, 272 (Mo. banc 2006)Won
Paty v. Director of Revenue, 168 S.W.3d 625 (Mo. App. E.D. 2005)Won

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Carl M. WardDefending Your Client's Driver's License Following a DWI Arrest2006

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJuris Doctor1984
University of MissouriPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude)1981

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
7th Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science SeminarAdministrative DWI Law2014
6th Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science SeminarEthical Considerations; Case Review2013
5th Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar, Osage Beach, Mo.Breath Testing Regulation Changes2012
Missouri Public Defenders Annual CollegeDWI Law2011
Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association ConferenceProbable Cause in a DWI Case2011
Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Annual ConferenceDWI Law Update2011
Defending your client's driver's license following a dwi arrestAdministrative DWI Law2011
4th Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar, Osage Beach, Mo.Probable Cause and Reasonable Suspicion2011
1st Annual MAAD Tool BoxDWI Law Update2011
Missouri State Public Defenders Annual College, Branson, Mo."Defending DWI Cases"2010
Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges Annual Meeting ActivitiesInformal Datamaster, PBT and HGN Demonstration2010
3rd Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar, Lake Ozark, Mo."How to Win an Administrative DWI Suspension Hearing"2010
National Association of Legal Secretaries Annual Meeting"Mock Jury Trial of a DWI Case"2009
Missouri Municipal Court Clerk's Association Annual Meeting, Osage Beach, Mo."Mock Jury Trial of a DWI Case"2009
Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges Annual Meeting Activities"Informal Datamaster Breath Testing Demonstration"2009
2nd Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar, Lake Ozark, Mo."Future of DWI Law in Missouri"2009
National Association of Legal Secretaries Annual MeetingCDL and Abuse and Lose Law in Missouri2008
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Spring SeminarCreating Drama in the Courtroom2008
How to Series: DWI/DUI Interactive telephone seminarAdministrative Alcohol Suspensions2008
1st Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science SeminarMock Jury Trial of a DWI Case2008
Solo and Small Firm ConferenceRepresenting a Client in a DWI Case2007
Phi Alpha Delta International MeetingBreath Alcohol Testing2007
How to Series: DWI/DUI Interactive telephone seminar"Defending Administrative Alcohol Suspension Cases"2007
Carl Ward's Lawyer Training Camp #3"Defending Your Client's Driver's License Following A DWI Arrest"2007
Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar, Lake Ozark, Mo."Breath and Blood Testing"2007
Missouri State Public Defender's College, St. Louis, Mo.Blood and Breath Testing2006
DWI Law and Science Seminar, Lake Ozark, Mo.Winning Moves in a DOR Case2006
Carl Ward's Lawyer Traning Camp #1Defending Your Client's Driver's License Following A DWI Arrest2006
Carl Ward's Lawyer Training Camp #2Defending Your Client's Driver's License Following A DWI Arrest2006
Nuts and Bolts of DWI Defense"Challenging Administrative Suspensions and Refusals"2005
Strategies in Handling DWI Cases, Maryland Heights, Mo."Field Sobriety Testing"2004
Missouri Public Defender's College, Kansas City, Mo.Attacking Field Sobriety, Breath and Blood Tests2004
Defending DWI and DOR Cases, St. Louis, Mo."Field Sobriety Testing"2004
Defending DWI and DOR Cases, Kansas City, Mo."Field Sobriety Testing"2004
Defending the Accused Driver: Intoxication by Alcohol or Drugs and Felony Driving Charges - Kansas City"Standardized Field Sobriety Testing"2003
Defending the Accused Driver: Intoxication by Alcohol or Drugs and Felony Driving Charges - Clayton, Missouri"Standardized Field Sobriety Testing"2003
The 2002 Missouri Judicial College - Lake Ozark"Department of Revenue Cases"2002
The 2002 Missouri Judicial College - Kansas City"Department of Revenue Cases"2002
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Spring Seminar, Kansas City, Mo."DWI - Cross Examination on Field Sobriety Tests."2002
6th Annual DWI Defense Institute - Defending the Drinking Driver: Anatomy of a Felony DWI Trial"DWI - Cross Examination on Field Sobriety Tests."2002
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Fall Seminar, Kansas City"DWI Law"2001
5th Annual DWI Defense Institute - Defending the Drinking Driver, Clayton, Mo."Standardized Field Sobriety Testing"2000
4th Annual DWI Defense Institute - Defending the Drinking Driver, Lake Ozark, Mo."What Happened to the Bill of Rights and the Rules of Evidence in Department of Revenue Cases?"1999
Getting Tough on DWI - The Defense, Town & Country, Mo."Field Sobriety Testing and Dealing with the Testimony of the Arresting Officer."1998
A Practical Approach to DWI Defense, Clayton, Mo."Field Sobriety Testing and Practical Tips on Dealing With the Testimony of the Arresting Officer1997
Defending Your Client in a DWI Case"Successful Strategies in Defending a DWI Case."1996