Nic O’Brien


Nic is an associate in the transactional section at Vela Wood. Nic represents startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and established businesses in a wide range of matters, with an emphasis on debt and equity venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, commercial and technology transactions, and general corporate governance.

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If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.

– Bruce Lee

Nic graduated with Honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 2016. In law school, he served on the Executive Board of Volume 35 of the Review of Litigation as the Managing Editor. He focused his curriculum on commercial transactions, allowing him to service nearly all of our clients’ needs. He also had the privilege of gaining invaluable work experience in a variety of legal matters by interning at several business-centric law firms, in-house at one of the nation’s largest private financial companies, and with Vela Wood after taking the bar.

Prior to law school, Nic obtained his BBA in Business Management from Texas A&M University, graduating Cum Laude.

Nic grew up in Ferris, Texas (you’ve seen the golf-course net on I-45 south of Dallas) and now resides in Dallas. He loves traveling, trying new restaurants, eating Torchy’s queso, and playing (watching, reading, and thinking) about sports.

Select Transactions

  • Assisted with the representation of a Dallas-based software company in a $4M Series Seed Preferred Stock financing round
  • Assisted with the representation of a Dallas-based software company in a $2.9M sale to an international grocery corporation
  • Assisted with the representation of a Dallas-based logistics company in a $2.5M Series Seed Preferred Stock financing round

Nic O'Brien's Recent Blog Posts

Does your company’s ICO need to be registered with the SEC as a securities offering?

August 3, 2017  |  By Nic O'Brien

If a blockchain technology company is considering conducting an initial coin offering (“ICO”) or token sale, the question the company needs to answer is whether it needs to register the token sale with the SEC? The answer depends on whether … Read More

Posted in Securities

Saying Goodbye to Portugal

March 31, 2017  |  By Nic O'Brien

Notably, this adventure has made me a better person. With manufactured societal restraints stripped away, I’ve been able to become friends with people I often wouldn’t and understand sides of them I never could have imagined. Read More

Posted in Desk Independence, VW Life

Week 3 in Portugal: Exploring the “City that Works”

March 23, 2017  |  By Nic O'Brien

As an industrial town, Porto is proud of its blue-collar tradition—indeed, residents refer to it as the “City that Works,” as opposed to the flashy, apparently not-working city of Lisbon. But, with the lush GlobeKick facilities at the LX Factory left behind in Lisbon, my work for the first time grew unexpectedly difficult. Read More

Posted in Desk Independence, VW Life