On November 5, 2002, Justice Villegas was elected to the Civil Court of the City of New York, Bronx County. In November 2007, he was elected to the State Supreme Court, 12th judicial district. A native New Yorker, Justice Villegas is a graduate of Baruch College of the City University, and of the State University at Buffalo Law School.
Prior to law school, he served with the administrators in the New York City Human Resources Administration. Following his graduation from law school he joined the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society as a staff attorney. Justice Villegas also served as an attorney with the Osbourne Society, the NYS Senate and as an Associate Director of legal affairs of Lincoln Hospital. Justice Villegas was engaged in the private practice of law until his election to the Civil Court.
Justice Villegas is a resident of the Bronx.