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


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


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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Check Out These

  • VW Podcast

    Whether you’re a first-time founder or a serial entrepreneur, we have a podcast for you. We’ll walk you through the legal side of things and share our experiences counseling hundreds of startups. Listen Now

  • Venture Glossary

    Our Venture Glossary will be your new best friend. It features over 500 terms that are common parlance in the startup world, from Accelerated Vesting to Zombie. Visit Site

  • Venture Deals YIR

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

  • Startup Central

    With several entrepreneurs in our ranks, we understand what goes into building a business. It’s much more than turning an idea into revenues. It takes preparation, planning, sacrifice, and adaptability. See More

Meet Our Attorneys

  • “Vela, stop shooting so much.”

    – Coach Cranfill

    Kevin Vela


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

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

    Radney Wood


    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


    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

  • “Curiosity is the spark behind the spark of every great idea. The future belongs to the curious.”

    – Unknown

    Blake Hart


    Blake is an associate at Vela Wood. She focuses her practice on contract drafting, review, and negotiation on behalf of sports and entertainment individuals and enterprises. 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


    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

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

    – Elon Musk

    Jeff Villalobos


    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

  • “Do it well, and do it fast.”

    – Juan Ramos Baeza, Dad

    Juan Ramos


    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


    “A [wo]man’s got to have a code.”

    – John Wayne


    Lacey Shrum


    Lacey is an associate attorney at Vela Wood where she serves businesses that use blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, helping clients identify and mitigate particular risks arising out of this new technology. 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

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

    – Zig Ziglar

    Lindsey Altmeyer


    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

  • “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


    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

  • “Fall seven times. Stand up eight.”

    – Japanese Proverb

    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


    “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”

    – Marcus Aurelius

    Fernando Avelar

    Senior Of Counsel

    Fernando is Senior Of Counsel at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice in the areas of M&A, venture capital, and private equity. Read More

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Latest Blog Posts

This is Howey. Do it.

April 30, 2019

Earlier this month, the SEC posted guidance and a No-Action letter to Turnkey Jets, giving more insight into the particular way the Howey test is applied to tokens. Read More

Vig & Juice Ep.2: First U.S. Sports Betting

April 3, 2019

In this episode, we discuss the first sports betting in the U.S. up to the Wire Act of 1961, including horse racing, the spectator sport known as pedestrianism, and using state lotteries to fund the Revolutionary War. Read More

Vig & Juice Ep.1: Three Elements of Gambling

March 25, 2019

In this episode, we explain the meaning of Vig & Juice, discuss gambling’s roots in Greek mythology, and lay out the three elements that define gambling. Read More

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