WELCOME TO VELA | WOOD We are a boutique corporate law firm with a local feel and a global impact. We focus our practice in the areas of M&A, Private Equity, Fund Representation, and Venture Transactions.

We provide a full suite of services to our clients. With a flexible billing model that focuses on relationships, not time, we seek to enable our clients to fulfill their personal and professional goals. We thrive on turning an initial consultation into a successful, long-term relationship.

Our Practice Areas

M&A & Corporate Law

Need help restructuring your entity, cleaning up your cap table, or getting your corporate governance in order? It’s not as hard as it seems. Let us walk you through it. Read More

Startups

VW represents hundreds of startups all over the world. Our vision and goal is to be the best startup firm in Texas, plain and simple. Read More

Private Equity & Venture Capital Funds

VW represents all manner of private equity funds, from venture capital to family offices. Fundraising and deploying capital can be complex, but we’re here to make it easy. Read More

Fantasy Sports and Gaming Law

From full season fantasy leagues to daily fantasy sports to eight liners to amusement machines, we’ve got you covered. Read More

Sports and Entertainment

Whether you’re a current or former athlete, or a growing sports startup, we’ve got the playbook you need. Read More

Trademarks

Need help protecting your brand, slogan, or logo? Click here to get started. Read More

Commercial Real Estate Law

Vela Wood has a wealth of experience representing all parties in real estate transactions, including, buyers, sellers, lenders, landlords and investors. Read More

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Get to Know Us

  • See Our Infographics

    Explore our interactive content. You’ll find our annual graphics depicting our firm at work and at play, a guide to help you navigate your startup’s lifecycle, and more. View Infographics

  • Venture Deals in 2016

    To provide analysis on early-stage venture financing in North Texas, we created an audit of the capital raises we facilitated in 2016. See Report
  • VW Podcast

    We have a lot to say, so we will be producing podcasts to share information relevant to you and your industry. Learn from our expertise (for free!) Listen Now

Meet Our Attorneys

  • “Vela, stop shooting so much.”

    – Coach Cranfill

    Kevin Vela

    Partner

    Kevin is the managing partner at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice in the areas of M&A, venture financing, and fund formation. Read More

  • “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
    — Marcus Aurelius

    Radney Wood

    Partner

    Radney is a named partner at Vela Wood. He divides his practice between commercial litigation and general corporate matters, concentrating on partnership disputes, corporate governance, venture financing, and contract negotiations. Read More

  • “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

    – Anonymous

    Carr Staley

    Partner

    Carr is a partner at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and real estate transactions and investment activities. Read More

  • “Don’t count the things you do, do the things that count.”

    – Zig Ziglar

    Lindsey Altmeyer

    Associate

    Lindsey is an associate at Vela Wood. She focuses her practice in the areas of venture financing, securities exemptions, and general corporate governance. Read More

  • Give them what they never knew they wanted. – Diana Vreeland

    Lara Bubalo Manor

    Senior Associate

    Lara is a senior associate at Vela Wood. She focuses her practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and private placements. Read More

  • “Learn from others whom have walked the path before you, but be smart enough to know when to cut your own trail”

    – Narciso Rodriguez

    Caroline R. Fabacher

    Associate

    Caroline is an associate at Vela Wood. She focuses her practice in the areas of entity formation, capital raises, corporate governance, and daily fantasy sports regulations. Read More

  • “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”

    – Tina Fey

    Meaghan Johnston

    Senior Associate

    Meaghan is a senior associate at Vela Wood. She focuses her practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private placements, corporate governance, and incentive plans. Read More

  • “A lot of people give up just before they’re about to make it. You never know when that next obstacle is going to be the last one.” – Chuck Norris

    Nic O’Brien

    Associate

    Nic is an associate at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice in the areas of venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, commercial and technology transactions, and general corporate governance. Read More

  • “Do it well, and do it fast.”

    – Juan Ramos Baeza, Dad

    Juan Ramos

    Associate

    Juan is an associate at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice in the areas of fund formation, M&A, real estate transactions, contract negotiation, and dispute resolution. Read More

  • “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”

    – Elon Musk

    Jeff Villalobos

    Associate

    Jeff is an associate at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice in the areas of intellectual property, technology commercialization, privacy, advertising, and corporate transactional matters. Read More

  • “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

    – Anais Nin

    Jenny Young

    Senior Associate

    Jenny is a senior associate at Vela Wood. She focuses her practice on employment law and general corporate matters. Read More

  • Zach Jones

    Senior Associate

    Zach is a senior associate at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice on tax disputes with government authorities and complicated business transactions. Read More

  • Blake Hart

    Of Counsel

    Blake is Of Counsel at Vela Wood. She focuses her practice on contract drafting, review, and negotiation on behalf of sports and entertainment individuals and enterprises. Read More

  • Lacey Shrum

    Senior Counsel

    Lacey is Senior Counsel at Vela Wood. She implements blockchain and smart contract solutions in securities compliance. Read More

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Latest Blog Posts

How to Angel Invest: What is an Accredited Investor?

August 20, 2018

Who can play the game Angel Investors are individuals who provide seed or startup financing to entrepreneurs. If you give your little brother a few hundred dollars to start a business, technically, you’re an angel investor. However, the more intricate … Read More

How to Angel Invest

August 20, 2018

You’ve noticed it everywhere. Whether you see Mr. Wonderful grilling someone on Shark Tank, hear about Kevin Durant building a tech empire and basketball dynasty in California, or read about George Clooney selling a Tequila brand for $1 billion, everyone … Read More

Understanding Basic Contracts: The Payment Provision

August 16, 2018

I know, it seems like a simple contractual provision. It can be, but a lack of detail in the payment section of a contract can be disastrous. Take the following provision for example: Payment: “Contractor shall be paid $40,000 for … Read More


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