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

  • “Fall seven times. Stand up eight.”

    – Japanese Proverb

    Zach Jones

    Senior Tax Counsel

    Zach is Senior Tax Counsel at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice on tax disputes with government authorities and complicated business transactions. Read More

  • “The important thing is to not stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

    Paul Wolpert

    Senior Associate

    Paul is a senior associate at Vela Wood. He practices in all areas of corporate law, including securities and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and fund formation 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

  • 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

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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

  • “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

  • “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

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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

  • “A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

    Denise Rizo-Patron

    Senior Associate

    Denise is a senior associate at Vela Wood. Denise’s experience includes representing clients ranging from public companies to startups in transactional matters. 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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

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Latest Blog Posts

Six Practical Tips For Password Security 

September 17, 2019

Like it or not, your email and various other usernames/logins are a significant part of your identity and should be treated as and protected like an asset. Here are some tips for protecting your digital self. Read More

Blockchain Breakfast Summer Series, Part 4: Implementing Blockchain Solutions

September 3, 2019

My friend Michael Lewellen joined me for the fourth and final Blockchain Breakfast of our summer series to discuss implementing blockchain solutions. Read More

Understanding The New Post-Money SAFE

August 28, 2019

While Y Combinator’s new Post-Money SAFE did simplify the process for calculating early-stage equity, it may become problematic under two scenarios. Read More


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