A native of Heflin, Alabama, Traci graduated from Auburn University, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Psychology and Pre-Law, and from the University of Alabama School of Law with a Juris Doctor.
Following her admission to both the Alabama and Tennessee Bar, Traci began her practice of Family Law in 1996 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she practiced with Leslie B. McWilliams for several years.
She then moved to Birmingham where she practiced with The Crittenden Firm, P.C., for four years.
Throughout her career Traci has devoted her practice primarily to family law, including adoptions, divorce, alimony, custody, visitation, paternity, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, child support, grandparent visitation and custody, international custody disputes, and appellate review.
Traci has achieved her certification as a Family Law Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. She is a member of the Birmingham, Alabama and American Bar Associations, as well as the Family Law and Women’s Sections of each. Traci is also a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children, an advocacy group for children.
Traci Owen Vella is regarded as one of Alabama’s preeminent family law and domestic relations appellate attorneys. She was recently allowed to make oral arguments before the Court of Civil Appeals, which is very rare, in order to argue for parental rights for one of her clients.
As co-reporter for Alabama in the ABA Family Law Section’s Law in the Fifty States annual publication, which summarizes family law issues around the country, she reported the annual changes in Alabama Familiy Law for several years. Traci also participates in the Custody and PARTNERS committees of the ABA’s Family Law Section. She is a frequent lecturer on family law topics and has numerous reported appellate cases in both Tennessee and Alabama.
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