Elizabeth Hattrup


Elizabeth Hattrup is an attorney at Vela Wood. She represents clients in a broad range of general business law and transactional matters, with a focus on venture capital financings and corporate governance.

“Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” – Walt Disney

Elizabeth earned her law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law (J.D., cum laude), where she served as Managing Editor of the SMU Science & Technology Review. While in law school, she also served as President (SMU) and Regional Director (National) of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, President of the Intellectual Property Organization, Director of Public Service of Women in Law, and as Sergeant at Arms for the Barristers, a highly selective service-based organization for the law school. She received the “M” Award in her final year at law school, which is the highest recognition given at SMU, for her outstanding services to the university.

She obtained her undergraduate degree from SMU (B.A.), where she majored in Biological Sciences and English, with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics.

Prior to law school, Elizabeth was a Category Development Manager for the Strategic Accounts Team at Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits where she focused on consumer category trends and business forecasts, including advising the launch of the Josh Cellars wine brand.

Elizabeth is a Plano native and now resides in Dallas with her husband Joseph and her maltipoo, Bubbles. She currently serves as a mentor through the All-Rise Mentorship Program, a program designed to help first generation students of immigrant families navigate the challenges of applying to law school.