Alyson graduated from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law (USC). While in law school, she served as a topic editor for the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. Prior to law school, Alyson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Plan II Honors and Government.

After graduating from USC, Alyson returned to Austin to begin her corporate legal practice at DLA Piper from 2015 – 2018. Prior to joining Vela Wood, Alyson moved to Dallas and was an associate at Akin Gump from 2018 – 2021.

Alyson grew up in Vienna, West Virginia. She is an avid Peloton member and enjoys reading, interior design, and painting (her quarantine hobby).

Select Transactions

  • Represented Dallas-based venture capital firm in its $4M Series A investment in a UK-based SaaS company.
  • Represented Dallas-based investor in its Series Seed investment in Colorado-based homebuilding company.
  • Represented Dallas-based investor in its Series Seed investment in Chicago-based multi-unit operator of delivery-only kitchens.
  • Represented Texas-based drone-system company in its $1M crowdfunding campaign.
  • Advised a NYSE American-listed international oil and gas company in a going private transaction
  • Advised a NYSE-listed media company in the sale of its minority stake in a multimedia entertainment company valued at approximately $380 million (before transaction-related adjustments)
  • Advised a provider of commercial consumer solutions for UV air and surface sanitization and LED circadian lighting in its Series A, Series B, and Series C financings and related follow-on investments with aggregate proceeds in excess of $30 million
  • Advised a Dallas-based private equity fund in its strategic investment in a property restoration company and plumbing franchise business
  • Advised a Texas-based company with respect to its internal reorganization in anticipation of a potential initial public offering
  • Advised a St. Louis-based law firm in a strategic merger with a Dallas-based law firm
  • Advised an Austin-based public company in a $24 million cross-border reverse triangular merger
  • Advised an Austin-based public company in a $14 million cross-border reverse triangular merger involving an F-reorganization and continuation in Canada
Alyson has also dedicated significant time to pro bono matters focused on social justice, including working with the Promise of Justice Initiative in its non-unanimous jury project and successfully obtaining compassionate release for an individual with end-stage kidney disease.

Fun Facts:

  • Fulfilled a lifelong dream by attending a live Jeopardy taping where she met Alex Trebek
  • Survived a true arctic plunge in the partially-frozen Jacques-Cartier River in Quebec, Canada
  • Enjoys making everyday an adventure with the help of her two Golden Retrievers, Louis and Clark

Education:

  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law, JD
  • University of Texas at Austin, BA, Plan II Honors and Government