David Mussman is a practical, hands-on, business-focused General Counsel with high-level success directing a full scope of corporate legal operations on a global scale. Throughout his career, he has been a critical advisor to the Board of Directors and various corporate committees in areas key to multi-million-dollar international business development, including risk management, litigation oversight, M&A activity, compliance and complex debt and equity structures.
Dave spent 19 years navigating roles as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Vice President and Consultant for West Corporation – a publicly-traded global technology company providing voice and data services to telecommunications, retail, financial services, public safety, technology and healthcare industries.
Dave applied broad-scoped legal expertise to support the achievement of evolving short- and long-term initiatives through strategic business development, synergistic team building, complex transaction management and data-driven operational improvement. He built West’s legal department from the ground up, establishing all processes and standards and constructing a team of 45 professionals, including more than 20 top-tier lawyers from first-rate law schools and AM Law 100 firms.
On the front line of making the company’s most vital judgement calls, Dave facilitated and managed all legal and business aspects of complex securities and financing transactions, M&As, divestitures, JVs and following integrations. This includes management of over 40 acquisitions totaling more than $3 billion in purchases, negotiation and completion of a $275 million divestiture, legal oversight of go-public and go-private transactions, management of secondary offerings, and sale of West Corporation to Apollo Global Management valued at over $5 billion.
Dave utilized detailed data analysis to identify areas most in need of improvement and support best practice implementation. He pioneered the development and enhancement of several processes, programs and business models that resulted in streamlined legal and business operations, reduced legal costs, technology-enabled process automation and establishment of critical company functions. Also, a lead for IP Management, Dave created a patent program that resulted in the development and acquisition of over 1,100 patents and patent applications. Of these, he monetized over 250 totaling $7.6 million and was named inventor on 17 patents.
Dave was a critical legal advisor to the Board of Directors, executive management, corporate development, HR, treasury, finance, accounting and operations teams across five business segments in the U.S. and 19 foreign jurisdictions in North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.
At the launch of his legal profession, Dave served a successful tenure focused in litigation as a Partner and Associate for Erickson & Sederstrom. Earlier, he was an award-winning sales leader for The Prudential Insurance Company of America.
Dave holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law and is an active member of the State Bar of Nebraska. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, English and Business from the University of Nebraska. An entrusted business and legal advisor, Dave is a current member and former Chairman for Immanuel Communities, the largest senior living provider in Nebraska.
- B.S. Psychology, English, Business, University of Nebraska
- J.D., University of Nebraska