Mr. Vilar was born in Church Point, Louisiana and moved to the Alexandria/Pineville area in 1980. In 1986, he received a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University, and was then employed for eight years in Alexandria in the banking and utilities industries. He received a Juris Doctor in 1998 at Louisiana State University, where he was elected executive vice president of the Student Bar Association and named as a Student to the Chancellor Search Committee. He was also a member of the National Moot Court Team, was named a Shell Fellow by the Shell Corporation, and was a recipient of the Jane Bode Memorial Scholarship and the Board of Supervisors' Tuition Exemption.
Mr. Vilar also serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Rapides Children Advocacy Center and is a member of the Alexandria, Louisiana Member State and American Bar Associations. He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, as well as Crossroads Chapter of the American Inns of Court.