Erika Vela

Associate

Houston
T +1.713.646.1328
F +1.713.751.1717

Overview

Erika Vela focuses on global business clients in the areas of technology, software and data privacy. With a solid foundation in general and corporate matters, she also advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and licensing. Erika is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has represented clients in both languages in the U.S. and abroad.

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Technology Transactions

  • Outside counsel for a parent company for hundreds of software product sets across at least seven countries with individual and enterprise customers and vendors in more than 15 countries.

Commercial Transactions

  • Attorney for sales agreements, general terms and conditions, nondisclosure agreements, consulting agreements, rental agreements, storage agreements, license agreements, staffing agreements, vehicle leases, commercial leases, collaboration agreements, etc. for various clients, including a $300 million leading chemical manufacturing company.

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Part of U.S. and foreign counsel legal team in the representation of a $2.08 billion acquisition of a manufacturing company.
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Experience

Technology Transactions

  • Outside counsel for a parent company for hundreds of software product sets across at least seven countries with individual and enterprise customers and vendors in more than 15 countries.
  • Attorney for master services agreements, licensing agreements, end-user agreements, services agreements, royalty agreements and supply agreements in the software industry, the cloud computing software and hardware industry, and the managed IT services industry.
  • Co-counsel in the representation of several IT companies in their end-user license agreements, intercompany license agreements, privacy policies and terms of use for their websites.
  • Lead counsel for software license agreements for a $10 million international petroleum software company.

Commercial Transactions

  • Attorney for sales agreements, general terms and conditions, nondisclosure agreements, consulting agreements, rental agreements, storage agreements, license agreements, staffing agreements, vehicle leases, commercial leases, collaboration agreements, etc., for various clients, including a $300 million leading chemical manufacturing company.
  • Attorney for general contractor agreements, subcontractor agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements, teaming agreements, etc., for various clients, including a $25 million leading global consulting and advisory services firm in the emergency management industry.
  • Attorney for consulting agreements, partnership agreements, risk management agreements, intercompany administrative services agreements, sales representative agreements (exclusive and non-exclusive), employee agreements, etc. for the human resources and marketing industries.

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Part of U.S. and foreign counsel legal team in the representation of a $2.08 billion acquisition of a manufacturing company.
  • Co-counsel in the representation of a $40 million asset sale of an insurance corporation.
  • Co-counsel in the representation of a $30 million asset and real estate sale of an educational institution.
  • Co-counsel in the post-acquisition representation of a $10 million asset sale of an international corporation.
  • Part of U.S. legal team in the representation of six $1 to $12 million acquisitions of a private insurance aerial company.
  • Lead counsel for a $6 million asset sale of an online food delivery business.
  • Co-counsel in the representation a $5.1 million asset sale of an industrial company.
  • Co-counsel in the representation of a stock purchase acquisition of a national private insurance aerial company.
  • Lead counsel for a $400,000 asset sale of a legal medical record services and expert testimony consultancy.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Women in Big Data
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Houston Asia Society Texas Center
  • American Bar Association, International Law Section

Community

  • Houston Parks Board: Volunteer
  • Penn State Law Alumni Panel: Guest Speaker
  • New Jersey Public School System: Graduation Speaker
  • Station Houston Global Venture Accelerator Panel: Guest Speaker

Pro Bono

  • Habitat for Humanity: Attorney for corporate matters
  • Volunteer Lawyers for Justice: Attorney for individual matters

Prior Positions

  • Panasonic Corporation of North America: Contracts Management (2014 to 2015)
  • Legal Consultant, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013 to 2014)
  • The Honorable William Arbuckle III, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania: Judicial Extern (2012 to 2013)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • New Jersey

Education

  • J.D., The Pennsylvania State University School of Law, 2013; Senior Editor and Chair of Bylaws Committee, Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs; CALI Excellence for the Future Award, 1) Legal Analysis, Research & Writing 2) Criminal Procedure and 3) International Business Transactions
  • B.A., Rutgers University, 2007, cum laude

Languages

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish