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Ariel K. DiGiulio

Managing Partner
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Phone: (504) 524-4080
Fax: (504) 571-5437

530 Powder St #3
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

digiulio awardThe dedicated and experienced criminal defense attorneys of DiGiulio Utley, LLC give personalized, aggressive and effective service to each client. The work ethic of our attorneys is impeccable and their results—a product of trial skills, adeptness at negotiations, and knowledge of the criminal justice system—speak for themselves. The criminal attorneys consult and communicate with their clients at every stage of their proceedings to ensure that they understand the legal process. The firm also ensures that no clients are uninformed or unsure of their situations. Ultimately, we do everything we can to leave our clients satisfied with their resolutions, whether they be dismissals, negotiated pleas or trials. If you are looking for personable, high-quality, and effective representation you will find it with the lawyers at DiGiulio Utley, LLC. Dylan Utley and Ariel DiGiulio offer experience, dedicated and compassionate representation of both adults and juveniles charged with criminal violations of the law. The law firm defends clients against federal, state, municipal and parish charges. These charges range from DWI matters to serious white collar and violent offenses in and around the Greater New Orleans area. The attorneys of DiGiulio Utley, LLC have been recognized for their excellence in criminal defense by their clients as well as by their colleagues as evidenced in SuperLawyers, St. Charles Avenue Magazine and AVVO among others.

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The criminal defense attorneys of DiGiulio Utley, LLC care about people and want to assist those who are facing what might be the most difficult time of their lives. We will guide you through every step of the criminal process, scrutinize and investigate the allegations against you, analyze and determine your defenses, explain your rights, explain your best options, so that you know every aspect of your case and your defense.

At DiGiulio Utley, LLC our primary practice area is criminal defense at the municipal, state and federal levels. We represent clients who have been arrested on misdemeanor charges, state charges, felony charges, drug charges, property and theft charges, DWI charges, federal charges, federal drug conspiracy charges, white-collar crime charges, (including pre-indictment through trial, federal target representation as well as witness representation) to name a few. If you have been charged or expect that you or someone you care for will be charged with a crime, call (504) 524-4080.


J.D., Loyola New Orleans, School of Law, 2005
cum laude
William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar (top 10% of class);
Loyola Maritime Law Journal
recipient of Loyola's Law Excellence Awards in Copyright Law, Sales and Leases, and Constitutional Law Seminar.

B.S., University of New Orleans, 1998
cum laude
Joan Sherman Scholarship Recipient; Graduated in Top 4%

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Louisiana, 2005
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 2006
Professional & Bar Association Memberships Past/Present

Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

American Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association
Member Since: 2005

Delegate: House of Delegates, Louisiana State Bar Association - voting member (2008-2017)

Chair, Animal Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association, (2008-2017, founding member);

New Orleans Bar Association

ABA (Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) - Animal Law Committee)

Humane Society of Louisiana
Director, (2005-2010)

Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council
Member, (2007-2010, Governor appointed)

Orleans Parish Juvenile Conflict Panel Attorney


Louisiana State Bar Journal: Federal Jury Awards $333,000 for Raid which Resulted in Cops Killing of Family Dog, 2011



Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2013

Top Attorneys in New Orleans, St. Charles Magazine, 2013

William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar, Loyola New Orleans School of Law, 2005

Law Excellence Awards in Constitutional Law Seminar, Loyola New Orleans School of Law, 2004

Law Excellence Awards in Copyright Law, Loyola New Orleans School of Law, 2003

Law Excellence Awards in Sales and Leases, Loyola New Orleans School of Law, 2002

LACDL Legislative Committee on Expungements, Chair 2013 – 2015

Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member 2008 – Present

Louisiana State Bar Association, Animal Law Section Chair 2008 – Present

Louisiana State Bar Association Delegate, LSBA House of Delegates 2008 – Present

Louisiana State Bar Association, Animal Law Section Founding Member 2008 – 2019

Client Reviews
"I hired Dylan in 2011 to represent me after I was falsely arrested for domestic battery. Dylan was able to prove to the prosecuting attorney that I was not the aggressor in the case. He did a phenomenal job representing me and was extremely professional in his communication and knowledge of the Louisiana legal system. Thank you so much for helping me.” Richard M.
"He is the most professional and caring attorney. He was there for us in every aspect. He answered any questions or concerns and was very upfront and honest. We live out of state and he made it so we could bring our daughter home and not have to make trips back to Louisiana for every court appearance. He was great during a really hard time in our lives and he was there for us every step of the way. Dylan is the BEST ATTORNEY EVER!" Lisa B.
"DiGiulio Utley Criminal Defense Attorneys came to my aid in a great time of need. I live out of state and they were able work with the court to prevent many trips back and fourth during the proceedings. They are professional, up front, factual and well connected within the NOLA legal system. You can trust you are in good hands with the advise they render. I will use them again during the expungement process. This team will go the extra mile to make sure your taken care of. We could not have felt more comfortable in a situation of unrest than we did with them." Jordan L.