Kevin Vela

Kevin Vela

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Dallas, TX

Vela Wood P.C.
 | 5307 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 802
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: 214-821-2300
Fax: 214-821-2844
Email: Kevin Vela
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Business/Corporate (30%),
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (30%),
  • Gaming (20%),
  • Securities & Corporate Finance (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Kevin Vela is the managing partner at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice in the areas of venture financing, fund representation, M&A, and gaming law. In recent years, he has represented both startups and investors in hundreds of convertible instrument and equity financing transactions ranging from angel rounds through Series C rounds. Kevin has been selected as a Super Lawyer in 2021, a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2014-2018, a Top Latino Lawyer three times, a Best Lawyer in Dallas by D Magazine twice, including most recently in 2020, 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.

    Kevin is a graduate of the University of Texas, where he earned his bachelor degree in business administration and juris doctorate degree with honors. 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 currently teaches Introduction to Venture Transactions at SMU Dedman School of Law and is a part of the Dallas Business Journal Leadership Trust, a network of influential business leaders in Dallas. Kevin is active in promoting a responsible gaming agenda in Texas and is a board member of the Fantasy Sports Gaming Association. He is also a member of 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 sixth 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.

    About Kevin Vela

    Admitted: 2008, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://velawoodlaw.com/attorney/kevin-vela/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2015
    • Best Lawyers in Dallas - Corporate Law, D Magazine, 2016

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    Educational Background:

    • University of Texas

    Industry Groups

    • Ecommerce
    • Mobile
    • Restaurant
    • Retail
    • SaaS
    • Tech
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    Office Location for Kevin Vela

    5307 E. Mockingbird Lane
    Suite 802
    Dallas, TX 75206

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    Last Updated: 4/14/2021

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