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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Resources

  • 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

    Partner

    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

    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

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

    – Unknown

    Blake Hart

    Associate

    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

    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

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

    – Marcus Aurelius

    Fernando Avelar

    Senior Associate

    Fernando is a senior associate at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice in the areas of M&A, venture capital, and private equity. 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

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    “A [wo]man’s got to have a code.”

    – John Wayne

     

    Lacey Shrum

    Associate

    Lacey is an associate 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

    Senior Associate

    Lindsey is a senior associate at Vela Wood. She focuses her practice in the areas of venture financing, securities exemptions, 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

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Latest Blog Posts

Summer Series Part 1 Recap

July 12, 2019

This Tuesday, Vela Wood hosted the first of its three-part “Blockchain Breakfast” series. James Johnson joined us to “get weird with blockchain.” James is the co-founder and CMO of Oaken Innovations, a blockchain software company focused on automotive mobility applications. Read More

Buff Your IP: Tools for Gamers to Level Up Brand Protection

June 27, 2019

Esports gamers’ talents are opening up portals to fame, and their brands are worth a lot more than they’re projecting. In this blog, we outline three overarching strategies for esports players’ to appropriately protect their brands.  Read More

Startup Ecosystems Are Bridging the World

June 27, 2019

Having been fortunate enough to participate in pitch competitions in three countries – the U.S., Dominican Republic, and Brazil – I have learned that startups are a great equalizer. Read More


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