Kevin Vela

Partner

Kevin Vela is a founding partner at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice in the areas of M&A, venture financing, and fund formation. In recent years, he has represented both startups and investors in over $100M 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.

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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. He is also a board member of CFxAustin and the Texas Wranglers Alumni Association, and is the chair of the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (which puts on the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dallas).

He is a mentor for both RevTech, a leading venture accelerator and seed fund, and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, which provides support and education to entrepreneurs and early-stage startups. 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 fourth fund. He is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and the Sports Lawyers Association.

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.

SELECT TRANSACTIONS

  • General Counsel for a a Dallas-based $10M venture fund
  • General Counsel for a Dallas-based $30M venture fund
  • General Counsel for RevTech, a Dallas-based accelerator
  • Represented a Dallas-based media company in a $15M acquisition
  • Represented a Dallas-based on-demand technology company in a $1.2M seed round
  • Represented a Dallas-based SaaS company in over $6M in venture financing
  • Represented an Australia-based public company in a $1.8M private investment
  • Represented a Nashville-based consumer products company in a $3M exit to a publicly traded company
  • Represented a San Diego-based SaaS startup in a $2M Series Seed round.
  • Represented a Dallas-based software startup in a $1.25M Series A round
  • Represented a Dallas-based health analytics company in a $6M exit
  • Represented a Dallas-based SaaS startup in a $1.1M Series A round
  • Represented an Austin-based social media startup in a $1M exit
  • Represented a Dubai-based development company in $8M in real estate acquisitions
  • Represented a Fort Worth-based real estate company in a condo reclassification and $2.2M re-financing
  • Represented a Kansas City entity in a $2.5M private equity investment deal



Kevin Vela's Recent Blog Posts

Make an Investment in Legal

February 19, 2018  |  By Kevin Vela

A question I often hear from startups when discussing initial legal work is, “How much will this cost?” This is the wrong question – most startups are looking at their legal expense the wrong way. They should be asking, “How … Read More

Posted in If I Were Starting A Business

Find Some Naysayers

February 9, 2018  |  By Kevin Vela

A common mistake that I see aspiring entrepreneurs make all too often is failing to find anyone who will challenge their idea. I addressed this in my review of Silicon Valley S3, Ep7. Affirmation from loved ones is often a … Read More

Posted in If I Were Starting A Business

Pitch Decks Are The New Business Plan

February 6, 2018  |  By Kevin Vela

Back in the day, like, the early aughts, it was widely believed that you needed a 20 to 40-page business plan and 40-80 hours to create it. The business plan was a written record and forecast of your idea, replete … Read More

Posted in If I Were Starting A Business