Congratulations to Paul Vella (’96) who was appointed a Council member for the Illinois State Bar Association’s section for Traffic Laws and Courts. The Council’s mission is to promote professional excellence among judges, prosecutors, defense counsel and administrative officials in all phases of traffic court and motor vehicle proceedings, through the presentation of continuing legal education programs, promoting conferences highlighting developments in the law and the publication of an informational newsletter; to review proposed legislation and recommend new legislative initiatives; and to advocate administrative and procedural regulations as they relate to the administration of Illinois’ vehicle codes or similar local traffic provisions.
Paul is an associate with the Vella & Lund, P.C. and has been with the firm since 1999. Since joining the firm, he has successfully defended numerous individuals in Illinois and Wisconsin. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at the Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office for several years.
Paul has handled numerous criminal cases and has successfully tried cases involving drugs, murder, reckless homicide, sexual abuse, juvenile matters, traffic and Driving Under the Influence. He is licensed to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin, Federal Court, and in the Supreme Court of the United States.
Paul graduated Cum Laude from Northern Illinois Law School where he won the Francis G. Mays Award for the highest grades in the area of criminal law, procedure, and evidence. He serves on the Northern Illinois University Law School Board of Visitors and is called upon to serve on various committees for the Law School. He established the Paul R. Vella Award at NIU College of Law for the graduating student who has worked as a 711 for a public criminal law office and has the highest grades in the area of criminal law, evidence, and trial matters.