June 27, 2019 | By Kevin Vela
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
Kevin Vela is a founding partner at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice in the areas of M&A, venture financing, fund representation, and gaming law. In recent years, he has represented both startups and investors in over $150M in venture financing. Kevin was named a 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Super Lawyer Rising Star, was honored by D Magazine as a Best Lawyer in Dallas in 2016, and is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, an honor granted to 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys. Kevin speaks, reads, and writes fluent Spanish, and is able to provide bilingual representation on request.
The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
– Justice Holmes
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Texas, where he earned his bachelor degree in business administration and juris doctorate degree with honors. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2008.
Prior to law school, Kevin spent seven years in Dallas, working in finance and marketing. Although he began his career working for Fortune 500 companies, an entrepreneurial spirit led Kevin to pursue roles in several startup companies. Later, he started his own business, a test preparation company. Having scored in the top five percent on the GMAT, LSAT, and GRE, Kevin used his test taking expertise to help thousands of students increase their scores and gain admission to graduate school.
Kevin is active in the business and startup communities. He is the Chair of the Texas State Bar Committee for Law Focused Education. Kevin is a part of the Dallas Business Journal Leadership Trust, a network of influential business leaders in Dallas. He is also a board member of the Fantasy Sports Gaming Association and Digital Dallas, and is the Chairman of the Board of the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (which puts on the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dallas).
He is a mentor for REVTECH, a leading venture fund and accelerator. Kevin is a founding member of The Dallas Angel Network (the “DAN”), a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with angel investors in Dallas. Further, Kevin co-manages a Dallas-based venture capital fund, Blossom Street Ventures, which is currently on its fifth fund.
Raised in Arlington, Kevin is an avid Dallas sports fan. Although he used to enjoy spending time at the local sporting arenas around town with his wife, Layla, they now spend most of their time pandering to their two children, Ariana and Arman.