Carla S. Sigler was born in Welsh, Louisiana and grew up in the Lake Charles area in Moss Bluff, Louisiana. She attended Moss Bluff Elementary School, Moss Bluff Middle School, and Sam Houston High School, where she graduated in 1992. Ms. Sigler was a full academic scholarship student to McNeese State University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. At McNeese, Ms. Sigler was a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Fraternity, Epsilon Alpha Epsilon Women’s Honor Society, and the Alpha Lamda Delta National Freshman Honor Society.
Ms. Sigler graduated from Paul M. Hebert LSU Law Center in May of 2000, and she was admitted to the Louisiana Bar on October 6, 2000. Ms. Sigler graduated in the top 24% of her law school class, and while there she received CALI Awards in Constitutional Law II and Bankruptcy, which are given for the highest grade in the class. In addition, she was on the Chancellor’s List in Fall of 1999 and Spring 2000, she served as Historian for the Legal Association of Women, and she was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. While in law school Ms. Sigler clerked for Mr. William Daniel “Dan” Dyess, a noted personal injury and criminal defense attorney.
Ms. Sigler’s first job out of law school was as a judicial law clerk for the 4th Judicial District Court in Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes, where she worked for the Honorable Marcus Clark, now a Louisiana Supreme Court justice, and for the Honorable Carl Van Sharp of 4th Judicial District.
Ms. Sigler is a member of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association and the Texas state bar, where she was admitted in 2006. She is a also member of several federal bars, including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, and the United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana.
Ms. Sigler served as an Assistant District Attorney in Calcasieu Parish from November of 2001 to June 1, 2018. She worked as the Appellate Section Chief from 2001 to June 1, 2018, where she was counsel of record for the State of Louisiana in over a hundred published decisions. In that role she argued and briefed numerous cases at the appellate courts, including the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. On January 14, 2013, Ms. Sigler successfully argued the murder case of Boyer v. Louisiana before the United States Supreme Court.
As a Calcasieu Parish Assistant District Attorney, Ms. Sigler trained law enforcement officials and other attorneys, and spoke at the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association Summer Conference several times. She received the “Outstanding Assistant District Attorney for 2001-2002” Award in 2002 from the VFW Post 2130 and Ladies’ Auxiliary, and the “Best of the Best in Law Enforcement” Award in 2003 from the Lake Charles Optimist Club. As an Assistant District Attorney, Ms. Sigler also was the initial draftsman for numerous Louisiana legislative acts which are now law in this state.
Ms. Sigler also helped found the 14th Judicial District Court Adult Drug and DWI Treatment Court Programs and the 14th Judicial District Court Veterans Treatment Court Program, and assisted in obtaining and managing grant funds for those programs in excess of a million dollars during her tenure as Coordinator of those three programs, which was from the date that they started through June 1, 2018.
Ms. Sigler also served as a special prosecutor in Rapides Parish from 2017-2018 and in Jefferson Davis Parish in 2018.
She lives in Sulphur, Louisiana with her two adorable rescue dogs, Louie and Maggie.
Ms. Sigler is dedicated to serving clients with integrity and skill in the areas of Criminal Defense, Family Law, Business Litigation, Estate Planning, Successions, and Personal Injury. As an experienced appellate advocate, she also is available for Legal Writing & Research and Appellate Advocacy work and consultation.