Mr. Vilar was born in Church Point, Louisiana and moved to the Alexandria/Pineville area in 1980. Mark is married, has four children and enjoys sports of all types, fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends.
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 is a multi-term Past President and current member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Advocacy Network, the Family Justice Center, and Holy Savior Menard Central High School. Mr. Vilar also serves on the Pastoral Council for Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church where he is a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and former Facilitator/Core Member for the Cenla Acts Retreat Ministry.
Mr. Vilar has been City Attorney for the City of Pineville for over 20 years and is Past President of the Louisiana City Attorney’s Association. In addition to his work for the City of Pineville, Mark’s current practice focuses on advising and serving as litigation counsel for large and small businesses and assisting families navigate the often complex issues associated with wills, successions and estate planning.
Mr. Vilar is a member of the Louisiana State, American and Alexandria Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State and Federal District and Appellate Courts as well as the Tribal Court of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.