Blake graduated in the Top 25% of her class at The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, where she focused on transactional and sports-based areas of law and served as an Executive Editor for the Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law. While in law school, Blake supported an NBA team’s Head of Basketball Operations as the Denver Nuggets’ legal intern, gained invaluable corporate law experience as a Vela Wood law clerk, and found purpose in her role as a student attorney ad litem for Texas Law’s Children’s Rights Clinic.

Blake’s day-to-day practice involves advising on regulatory and compliance matters, drafting legal opinion letters, and providing general corporate counsel for sports and gaming related clients. Blake is actively involved in the sports law community and currently serves as a Dallas Regional Captain of the Sports Lawyers Association.

Select Representations

  • Regularly counsels fantasy sports operators throughout the payment processing approval process in the US
  • Advises fantasy sports and sports wagering operators on local licensing, registration and other requisite approval processes in jurisdictions throughout the US
  • Regularly works with the largest social media companies in the world on behalf of clients to gain advertising approval
  • Regularly performs diligence and investment review for institutional client deals targeting the gaming space
  • Represented a fantasy sports operator through over $4,500,000 in funding
  • Represented a Dallas-based sports betting service provider in over $4,000,000 in funding
  • Represented a Dallas-based consumer products company in a $1,500,000 equity financing round
  • Represented a California-based former professional athlete in industry agnostic business and investment opportunities
  • Acted as Outside General Counsel for a Las-Vegas based professional sports management company

Fun Facts:

  • As a teenager, she once rode a bull named “Baby Cakes”… for fun.
  • She graduated high school at sixteen.
  • Blake is what is considered a “short-sleeper” and functions best with 4-6 hours of sleep.
  • She took a year off to tour with her musician (ex) boyfriend and has a semi-catchy song written about her… Her song was not his big hit and he was not hers.
  • While assisting a make-up artist on a music video shoot she was asked to take the place of the leading lady… and she did.

Education:

  • University of Texas Law School, J.D., Executive Editor for Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law
  • University of Washington, B.A. in Law, Economics, and Public Policy, Cum Laude

Blake Hart's Recent Blog Posts
Sports & Gaming
General Update on Pick’em Contests

For our Fantasy Sports and Gaming clients, VW Senior Attorney Blake Hart has provided an update on the evolving situation with Pick’em contests!


Funding & Capital Raising
The Basics of Convertible Notes

The convertible note is a favorite investment vehicle for many founders and investors alike. This post outlines the key terms and explanations with regard to raising capital through or investing via a convertible note.


Fantasy Sports & Gaming
Five Things to Consider Before Starting Your DFS Company

Have a great idea for the next big thing in fantasy sports? There are a few things you should know before diving in head-first.