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Traci Owen Vella

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Practice Areas

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1996
  • Tennessee, 1997


  • Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell
  • Women’s Editions for Birmingham Weekly and The Homewood Star


Traci Owen Vella is an associate in the firm and a native of Heflin, Alabama. She earned her law degree from the University of Alabama in 1996, and her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Auburn University in 1993. Traci is a member of the Family Law Sections of the American and Alabama Bar Associations and the National Association of Counsel for Children. Traci devotes her practice primarily to family law, including divorce, alimony, custody, paternity and child support cases. She is one of two Alabama reporters for the American Bar Association, Family Law Sections, Law in the Fifty States, which summarizes family law issues around the country. Prior to joining The Crittenden Firm, P.C., Traci was associated with the law firm of Leslie McWilliams in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she worked as an advocate for children while establishing a successful family law practice, including divorce, adoption, custody, child support, paternity and juvenile law. She was a member of the Chattanooga Bar Association and frequently served as a Guardian ad Litem for the Chancery, Circuit and Juvenile Courts.


  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Law and Psychology Review
  • Auburn University
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney/Partner

* AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general practice standards.

Pro-Bono Activities

  • National Association of Counsel for Children

Past Positions

  • The Crittenden Firm

Published Works

  • Law in the 50 States, American Bar Association

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certification as a Family Law Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Professional Associations

  • American and Alabama Bar Associations, Family Law Sections
  • Executive Board Member of the Alabama Section

Reviews For Traci Vella

Traci was so helpful in negotiating and drafting our domestic partnership agreement. We appreciate her hard work.
Traci was so insightful—it was beneficial to have someone to sound off to, and who could then give me knowledgeable advice.
-a client
Ms Vella helped me straighten my life out!
-A. M.
Ms Vella’s kind words to me after she settled my case meant a lot to me. I can never remember feeling more alone and dazed than I did at the beginning of my case, and pray I never experience that feeling again. But Ms Vella gave me a bit of self-worth and I am truly appreciative of that.
– J. M.
I am so appreciative of the amount of time Traci spent with us during our initial consultation. I am a professional and well know how valuable a professional’s time is, so we chose her to be my mother’s lawyer after that meeting.
Ms Vella’s diligent actions were crucial to bringing my case to a satisfactory completion. I really appreciated her dedication to my case and responding so quickly.
-a client
Ms. Vella, I want to thank you so very much for speaking with me. You eased my mind. I so needed to speak to someone just like you. You were so kind and informative. I have a peace of mind I haven’t had in a while and I’m so appreciative. P. S., you are on my speed dial!
-S. D.
Traci, Thank you for working with us. We continue to be grateful for you and all your hard work on this case. Our child is a special boy who is blessed to now be in a loving and nurturing family, thanks to you!
-a client