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Daniel A. Vela

Daniel A. Vela is a member of the firm's Corporate and Securities practice group.  Mr. Vela focuses his practice on aircraft financing transactions and aircraft fleet transactions, including sale-leasebacks, mortgage financing and aircraft transfers.  His experience in drafting, negotiating, and reviewing a variety of contracts has led him to assist in the implementation of a manufacturer-supported leasing facility for up to 130 A320 family aircraft and sale-leaseback facilities for Boeing 737 aircraft.
Experience and highlights
  • Represented a domestic airline in connection with the closings of sale/leaseback and mortgage financing transactions for newly acquired aircraft and vintage aircraft
  • Represented a domestic airline in connection with the transfer of multiple aircraft to an affiliate airline
Affiliations and honors


  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Exes, Member


  • Top Attorney, 360 West magazine, 2017-2021
    • Aviation, Admiralty, Maritime, and Transportation Law
  • Top Attorney, Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2018, 2020-2021
    • Aviation Law
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2020
    • Securities & Corporate
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2010
  • The University of Texas, B.A., 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, 2010
Dan Vela Named Fort Worth Magazine 2020 Top Attorney in Aviation Law