Lacey Shrum


Lacey is an attorney at Vela Wood where she serves businesses that use blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Lacey focuses her practice on helping clients identify and mitigate particular risks arising out of this new technology – including blockchain strategy and use cases, capital raises and security issuances through alternative forms, code-as-a-legal-contract drafting, and ethics.

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

– Teddy Roosevelt

Lacey’s clients include Registered Investment Advisors and Private Funds, which she helps with regulatory filings, drafting policies and procedures, and various legal matters. Outside of Vela Wood, Lacey’s company Smart Kx is a software solution proving automated contract management and fee calculation services for Registered Investment Advisors.

Being an attorney and entrepreneur focused on blockchain technology allows Lacey to serve clients in a unique blend of law and tech. Where the rules for this technology can be convoluted, discreet, or unapparent, Lacey is able to identify and understand issues from both a founder’s and the legal perspective. She is an active proponent for attorneys reading and writing code and understanding how a smart-legal-contract is written and will execute.

As a regular speaker on this subject, Lacey has presented at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Dallas Bar, the Texas Society of CPAs, and to many private legal, accounting, and financial advising groups about blockchain. Lacey hosts regular events aimed at introducing those not traditionally involved in the technology space to blockchain and its effect on their careers, businesses, and lives.

As Sloane and Theodore’s mom, her current favorite status is watching them grow and learn. She and her husband Josh are dedicated wanderers – enjoying traveling close or far from home to take in the sights and meet new people.

Speaking Engagements

  • Blockchain: the One-Ledger Solution” Financial Planning Association of Dallas Fort Worth
  • “Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology: A Special Forum for Women” at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • “Implementing Blockchain Solutions” University of Texas Essential Cybersecurity Law
  • “Blockchain and Digital Assets” National Society of Compliance Professionals National Conference

Lacey Shrum's Recent Blog Posts

How Estate and Financial Planners Can Address Cryptocurrencies

December 2, 2019  |  By Lacey Shrum

These professionals need to be on the forefront of addressing this technology and understanding its nuances and what makes it different from standard assets like fiat currency, stocks, and bonds. Read More

Posted in Blockchain

Cryptocurrencies in Transactions

December 2, 2019  |  By Lacey Shrum

It is important to keep in mind that cryptocurrency assets have different features and nuances that may not mix well with traditional approaches. Read More

Posted in Blockchain

The SEC’s Crypto Questions For RIA Firms

November 15, 2019  |  By Lacey Shrum

In helping RIA firms learn about crypto assets and develop appropriate policies and procedures, here are some best practices. Read More

Posted in Blockchain