Meet A Good Neighbor

Dave Vella has the experience to make a difference.

  • Born and raised in Rockford
  • Parents were both attorneys
  • Grandfather, E.J.“Zeke” Giorgi, served with distinction as State Representative
  • K-8 attended public schools (Brookview and Eisenhower)
  • Graduated from Boylan Catholic High School
  • Majored in English and Philosophy at Augustana College
  • Earned his Law Degree at Northern Illinois University


  • Interned at the State’s Attorney and Public Defender’s offices while in law school
  • Served as a Public Defender for 3 years after law school representing indigents in criminal, juvenile and civil court
  • Joined the family law firm in Rockford, which Dave later took over with his brother and a law partner
  • Dave still takes appointments to provide pro-bono services for those in need
  • Serves as an elected trustee for Rockford Township

Family Life

  • Dave Vella has been happily married for twenty years to wife Michelle. Family includes step son Ryan, daughter Gracie, and two dogs, Teddy and Cruz
  • Family are parishioners at Saint Anthony’s Church

Community Service and Organizations

  • Past Member of Rockford Literacy Council Board
  • Past President of the Board of Trustees of Keith Country Day School
  • Current Member Winnebago County Bar Association
  • Current Member Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lombardi Club member
  • Venetian Club member
  • University Club member
  • Member Holy Name Society of Saint Anthony’s Church