Frances Vilella-Vélez, Of-Counsel
Philadelphia, PA

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Frances Vilella-Vélez

Frances Vilella-Vélez, Of-Counsel
Philadelphia, PA

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Frances Vilella-Vélez, of-counsel to Barrack, Rodos & Bacine, is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York (J.D. 1977) and Swarthmore College (B.A. 1974). Ms. Vilella-Vélez began her legal career in 1978 as a trial attorney in the Office of the Regional Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, where she litigated OSHA cases before the United States district courts and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). She then served as the first law clerk for the Honorable Nelson A. Diaz, on the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During her tenure with Judge Diaz, Ms. Vilella-Vélez also served as a staff member on the Mayor’s Task Force on Minority Employment in the Police Department, in Philadelphia, where she conducted legal and policy analyses of alternative proposals to increase minority employment in the Policy Department, and assisted in drafting the report to the mayor.

Education:
  • Baruch College, The City University of New York (M. Public Administration 1983)
  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D. 1977)
  • Swarthmore College (B.A. with distinction 1974)
Admissions:
  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 1977
  • Pennsylvania, 1978
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Publications:
  • Walker, Gary and Vilella-Vélez, Frances, Anatomy of a Demonstration 
    Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures, 1992.