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Vela Wood

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Vela Wood

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Firm Details
  • Key Practice Areas: M&A, Sports & Gaming, Venture Capital, and Corporate Transactions
  • Offices: Dallas, Texas and Austin, Texas
  • Number of Partners: 10, 60% of which are females or minorities
  • Numbers of Employees: 50
  • Key Stats: facilitated over $1.1B in M&A activity and over $1.2B in venture financing
Firm Overview

Vela Wood (VW) is a boutique corporate law firm with a local feel and a global impact. Vela Wood provides a full suite of services to its clients, with an emphasis on relationships, not time. In 15 years, the firm has grown to have 10 partners, 10 key practice areas, over 50 employees across the nation, and clients across the globe.

Main Areas of Practice

Vela Wood focuses its practice in the areas of M&A, Sports & Gaming, and Venture Capital.


Partners: Paul Wolpert, Kevin Vela, Carr Staley

Vela Wood offers a business-savvy and talented group of M&A attorneys who advise clients on deals throughout the United States and overseas. They have robust experience in all types of M&A transactions, including mergers, asset purchases, equity sales, management buyouts, divestitures, joint ventures, and other corporate restructurings. VW attorneys pride themselves on providing expert, responsive, and diligent representation to target companies of all sizes, buyers (including strategics, private equity funds, and searchfunds), financial advisors, and other M&A deal participants.

Sports & Gaming

Partners: Kate Porter, Kevin Vela, Radney Wood

Vela Wood has a broad sports law practice to support the business of sports. The firm is listed in Hackney Publications’ “100 Law Firms with Sports Law Practices You Need to Know About" and VW's lead sports law attorney, Kate Porter, was named a 2023 USA Sports Thought Leader by WhosWhoLegal. Kate is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Cup, one of the most prominent youth soccer tournaments in the United States, an arbitrator on the European Handball Court of Arbitration, the co-chair of the International Bar Association’s Sports Arbitration Working Group, a member of the Investigatory Body of the Aquatics Integrity Unit of World Aquatics, and a member of LawInSport's North America Editorial Board.

Vela Wood helps large and small enterprises across sports, including domestic and international soccer clients, NFL, MLS, and NBA teams, e-sports, fantasy, and gaming clients, and a variety of other professional teams, leagues, and governing bodies in basketball, indoor soccer, padel, pickleball, rugby, and dodgeball. Leveraging its core corporate and commercial expertise combined with its expertise in sports, VW is well positioned to help you with a variety of sports related legal matters.

Venture Capital

Partners: Kevin Vela, Radney Wood, Alyson Rubio

Vela Wood represents both companies and investors in venture financings and related matters. In recent years, Vela Wood has represented both startups and investors in hundreds of convertible instrument and equity financing transactions ranging from angel rounds through Series C rounds. In its history Vela Wood has helped launch over 1,500 companies and has facilitated over $1.2B in venture financing.

Practice Areas and Offices

Vela Wood is based in Texas, with offices in Dallas and Austin. It's practice areas include:

  • Alcohol Policy & Regulation
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Employment
  • Fantasy Sports & Gaming Law
  • Fund Representation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Sports Law
  • Startups & Venture

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USA: Regional Spotlight Guide 2024
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