Professional Biography
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David F. McShea Partner

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




David McShea's practice focuses on the representation of startups, high-growth technology companies, public companies, and venture capital firms. In more than 20 years of practice, he has handled numerous significant transactions, including the initial public offerings of Amazon, Avalara, and Zillow, mergers and acquisitions, public equity and debt financings, and venture capital financings. David is co-author of The Initial Public Offering Handbook: A Guide for Entrepreneurs, Executives, Directors and Private Investors (2016). David has been honored five times as “Lawyer of the Year” in Seattle in corporate law practice areas, and is top-ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA. He served as the chairman of the firm's Executive Committee for two terms commencing in 2016.

David has represented several leading companies through high-growth stages and IPOs. He represented aQuantive Inc. from incorporation through its IPO, numerous acquisitions and its sale to Microsoft for $6.3 billion. He has represented from private company through IPO and post-IPO mergers and acquisitions. David's corporate clients include, Algorithmia, Avalara, Highspot, Seattle Bank, Seeq, SkyKick, and Zillow. In addition, David represents several venture capital firms.

David speaks and writes on emerging issues related to startups, IPOs, corporate governance and venture capital finance.

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Ranked by Chambers USA 15 Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

  • Named "Lawyer of the Year 2019 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law," "Lawyer of the Year 2017 - Corporate Law," "Lawyer of the Year 2015 - Securities / Capital Markets Law," "Lawyer of the Year 2014 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law" and "Lawyer of the Year 2012 - Securities / Capital Markets Law" in Seattle by Best Lawyers
  • Recognized in the 2007 – 2021 editions of Chambers USA: “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in which clients said, “in terms of client service, he’s second to none,” and described David as “not just a great lawyer technically, but also a classic business advisor.”
  • One of "The Top 100 Super Lawyers" in Washington State, Washington Law & Politics, 2009, 2010 
  • Named as a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2003 - 2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2007 - 2022: Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law 
  • Selected for Best Lawyers in Washington State, in Corporate Law; Venture Capital Law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Securities Law
  • Named as a "Top Lawyer" for venture capital by Washington CEO
  • One of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America" (Lawdragon, 2007)
  • Named a Greater Seattle Technology Ecosystem “Top Corporate Lawyer,” iLnnovate Leadership Network, Study & Entrepreneur’s Guide, 2017

Professional Leadership

  • Washington Technology Industry Association, Board of Directors, 2009 - 2015
  • National Association of Corporate Directors
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Association for Corporate Growth (Seattle Chapter), Board of Directors, 2002 - 2003
  • MIT Enterprise Forum, Board Member, 1997 - 1998

Community Involvement

  • The William D. Ruckelshaus Center, Advisory Board, 2015 - present
  • Seattle Theatre Group, Board of Directors, 2015 - present
  • The Seattle Public Library Foundation, President, 2010 - 2011; Board of Directors, 2002 - 2013
  • Princeton University, Campaign for Princeton, Regional Steering Committee, 2007 - 2012
  • Pratt Fine Arts Center, Board of Trustees, 1998 - 2000
  • Shepherd’s Counseling Service, Board of Directors, 1997 - 1999