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David F. McShea

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Perkins Coie LLP

David McShea's practice focuses on the representation of 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 and Zillow Inc., 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 (2008).  David has represented several leading companies through high-growth stages.  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.  In addition to working with deal-intensive growth companies, David represents several venture capital firms.  David's corporate clients include, Highspot, Inc., Emeritus, Seattle Bank, Seeq Corporation, SkyKick and Zillow Inc..  He is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, initial public offerings and venture capital finance topics.


  • Named as a "Top Lawyer" for venture capital by Washington CEO
  • One of "The Top 100 Super Lawyers" in Washington State, Washington Law & Politics, 2009, 2010
  • One of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America" (Lawdragon, 2007)
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Business Lawyers", 2005 - present

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1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: 206-359-3584
Firm Phone: 206-359-8000

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Law (Corporate Finance, General Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities, Venture Capital)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Emerging Business, Securities, Transactions)
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law (Corporate, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital)
  • Venture Capital Law

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  • Princeton University (BA)
  • Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Washington Technology Industry Association — Board of Directors
  • National Association of Corporate Directors — Member
  • American Bar Association — Member
  • Washington State Bar Association — Member


  • United States District Court