Brian Alford


Austin, Dallas
Brian Alford

Columbia Law School
(J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)

University of Texas at Austin
(B.B.A., Finance)


Brian is a corporate and securities partner, specializing in high growth startups, venture capital, and M&A transactions.

Brian guides startups nation-wide through the complex landscape of high-stakes financing and corporate transactions, offering strategic and economic insights to drive their success. His expertise includes entity formation and structuring, complex commercial and corporate transactions, acquisitions, seed and venture capital financings, and general advisory regarding corporate and financing strategy.

Prior to founding Optimal Counsel, Brian practiced in the startup, venture capital, and M&A group at Egan Nelson LLP as a Partner, in the Austin Technology and Emerging Companies group of Andrews Kurth LLP and the New York Corporate group of Kirkland & Ellis.

Markets Recently RepresenteD
  • Facial Recognition Software and Services
  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Enterprise and Consumer Cybersecurity
  • Accommodation Booking Platforms
  • Digital Health
  • Social-Networking Platforms
  • Cryptocurrency Technology and Cryptocurrency-based Assets
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
  • Satellite and UAV Communications
  • Consumer Hardware
  • Medical, Industrial and Commercial Hardware
  • Engine Technology
  • Medical Devices
  • Battery Technology
  • Robotics
  • IoT Devices
  • Bot Software Services
  • Online Retail Platforms
  • Hiring Platforms
  • Real Estate Platforms
  • Video Game Products and Services
  • Lending Platforms, Services, and Analytics
  • Online Content Platforms
  • Enterprise Manufacturing Services
  • Other Enterprise Software
  • Food and Beverage
  • E-Commerce and Online Retail
  • Alcoholic Beverage
  • Dietary and Nutritional Supplements
  • Pet Products
  • Event and Entertainment Products
  • Multi-office Medical Practices
  • Tech-enabled Services
  • Real Estate Projects and Investment Entities