Roberto Vela, Esq.

Roberto Vela represents Maryland individuals in personal injury and insurance litigation, as well as Maryland businesses in contract and insurance disputes, cost recovery negotiations, and complex litigation involving multiple parties and multiple claims.

Prior to establishing his private practice Roberto was an associate in the Baltimore office of an AmLaw 200 firm, where he represented leading manufacturers in environmental contamination actions and nationwide products liability claims alleging exposure to carcinogenic and other hazardous substances.

Roberto attended the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was the Samuel and Anne Hopkins Leadership Scholar, a member of the school’s nationally-ranked Trial Team, Executive Editor of the Maryland Journal of International Law, President of the Latino/a Law Students Association, Co-Founder of the Leadership Scholars Legacy Project, and an Asper Fellow to the Honorable William M. Nickerson, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

As part of his commitment to public service Roberto assisted the New Orleans Office of the Public Defender to reconstitute its case load in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, for which he later received the University of Maryland's Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Recognition Award.

Also a classically trained pianist and organist, Roberto serves as Organist and Music Director of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Greenbelt, Maryland, is a two-time recipient of the Career Development Grant of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and has performed solo and chamber recitals in the United States and Europe.

Bar & Court Admissions:

• Maryland
• United States District Court
   for the District of Maryland

Education:

• University of Maryland School
   of Law, J.D. 2009
• The Johns Hopkins University,
   B.A. 2005, with honors
• Peabody Conservatory of Music
   B. Mus. 2005, with honors

Affiliations:

• American Bar Association
• Maryland Bar Association
• Maryland Association
   for Justice
• Maryland Criminal Defense
   Attorneys Association

Languages:

• Spanish (Native Fluency)

Patents:

• U.S. Patent D673744
   (Digitally-Operated Lens
   Surface Cleaning Apparatus),
   Co-Inventor