Amanda Montgomery is Senior Counsel at Vela Wood. She focuses her practice on serving private companies and small business owners in the arts, retail/e-commerce, and entertainment industry. Amanda enjoys mentoring creatives and entrepreneurs and is frequently a speaker at women-centered entrepreneurial meetings and conferences.
“If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.” – David Bowie
Amanda graduated from Texas Wesleyan University (now Texas A&M University) School of Law, where she served as an Articles Editor for the school’s law review. Amanda spent the majority of her law school tenure clerking for judges and litigation firms in order to pursue a career in commercial litigation. After completing a one-year clerkship at the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Amanda dedicated the first half of her legal career to litigation prior to transitioning over to corporate transactions and general counsel services. She draws on her litigation experience regularly in negotiating key contractual provisions and handling periodic payment disputes. Amanda advises her business clients on various transactions, both large and small, ranging from asset purchase agreements to licensing, e-commerce, and commercial lease agreements. She regularly shares advice and support with women founders and women-centered startups, volunteering her time as a speaker at founder events, academic seminars, and large conferences.
Prior to law school, Amanda graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Political Science, minoring in Philosophy. Amanda grew up in a small town in central Indiana, but has found that Texas is her true home. She lives north of Dallas with her husband Joe, their two boys, and two Pekingese pups. She enjoys reading, having esoteric debates about movie plotlines, and going on spontaneous road trips.
- Represented Plano-based fitness company in $350K sale
- General Counsel for top music licensing platform based in Fort Worth
- Regularly assists private companies with purchase agreements
- Regularly assists creative clients with trademark and copyright licensing agreements