Jeff graduated from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. While in law school, Jeff was a chief of the Small Business and Trademark Clinic and participated with the ABA Client Counseling and Arbitration teams. Prior to law school, Jeff graduated from The University of Southern California  in Los Angeles, California with a B.S. in Public Policy, Management, and Planning with an emphasis on Urban Development.

At Vela Wood, Jeff advises clients on a wide variety of intellectual property, privacy, advertising, and corporate transactional matters, including trademark clearance, trademark enforcement, brand development, copyrights, IP due diligence, technology commercialization agreements, privacy policies, terms of service agreements, endorsement agreements, advertising regulations, and distribution agreements.

Jeff is actively involved in the startup community in the Borderplex region and New Mexico. Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Arrowhead Innovation Fund, teaches Entrepreneurial Law as an adjunct professor at New Mexico State University, and is an organizer of the El Paso Día de los Muertos Pitch Competition.

Based out of El Paso, Texas, Jeff likes to spend his time hiking or traveling with his wife, Tilli, and their sons Tracen, Marshall, and Tommy.

Speaking Engagements

Select Transactions

  • Represented El Paso-based SAAS company in a $1.6M seed financing round
  • Represented a seller in an $800,000 sale of a Dallas-based content and advertising firm
  • Successfully defended SaaS company in FTC deceptive acts investigation relating to data privacy
  • Successfully defended closely-held apparel company against well-known international sporting brand company in trademark opposition matter
  • Filed 200+ trademark applications

Fun Facts:

  • Played ukelele on stage with Weezer in front of 18,000 (Weezer) fans.
  • In the middle of a quest to climb the Seven Summits. Presently 0 for 7.
  • Jeff’s first company focused on selling colored popsicle sticks to fellow 2nd graders.


  • SMU Dedman School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Southern California, B.S. in Public Policy, Management, and Planning

Jeff Villalobos's Recent Blog Posts
Intellectual Property
Privacy Policies: Why Having One Is Crucial For Your Company

To maintain compliance with various state and federal laws, it is important that a company keeps records on how it collects, processes, uses, and shares personal information.

Intellectual Property
Buff Your IP: Tools for Gamers to Level Up Brand Protection

Esports gamers’ talents are opening up portals to fame, and their brands are worth a lot more than they’re projecting. In this blog, we outline three overarching strategies for esports players’ to appropriately protect their brands. 

Intellectual Property
The Oddish Intersection of Property Rights and Augmented Reality

Pokémon Go, and similar apps, have now forced us to consider a new right that may be tied to property: your virtual rights.