Moises (Moe) Vela, Jr. Of Counsel

T: 202.737.7777
F: 202.296.8312


Moises (Moe) Vela, Jr. is a longtime Washington insider with a diverse background in law, politics, and business.  He brings his expertise as Of Counsel to Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP in the areas of regulatory and government affairs, public policy, political strategy, business growth consulting, and Latino advocacy and outreach.  In addition, Mr. Vela is the President and CEO of The Vela Group, a global business development consulting firm with clients in the U.S. and Latin America.  Through this venture, he brings a global international network of high profile leaders and decision makers to his clients and to Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP..

Mr. Vela served in President Obama’s administration as the Director of Management and Administration in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden in the White House.  Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Advisor on Public Affairs for Vice President Al Gore.  Mr. Vela holds the distinction of being the first and only Hispanic American to serve twice in a senior executive role in the White House. 

Mr. Vela comes from a family devoted to public service, with his father and uncle both serving as judges. His cousin, Filemon Vela, is currently a U.S. Congressman representing Texas’ 34th congressional district. 

Mr. Vela was the founder and first chairman of the Alabama Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also led the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals as Executive Director, overseeing the 12,000-member organization including its 35 affiliate chapters.

As part of Mr. Vela’s advocacy work, he is frequently invited to keynote events and serve on panels. He has been featured in several national publications and has been named one of the “Top 100 Hispanics in America” by “Hispanic Business” magazine and was twice named as one of the “101 Most Influential Latinos” by “Latino Leaders” magazine.

Honors & Awards

Top 101 Latino Leaders, Latino Leaders Magazine, 2010 and 2011

Top 300 Washington D.C. Insiders, National Journal, 2010

Top 100 Hispanics in America, Hispanic Business Magazine, 2009

Community & Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

National Council of La Raza

Hispanic National Bar Association


Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

Equality Maryland

Advisory Board, Latin American Coalition of North Carolina

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Professor at American University Washington College of Law

901 15th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005  |  Phone: 202.737.7777
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Practice areas


  • Texas*
  • Practice within the District of Columbia is directly supervised by principals of the firm.


St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D.

University of Texas at Austin, B.A.