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A significant portion of David’s practice involves working closely with clients in the role as general counsel, providing day-to-day advice and legal counsel.

As a trusted advisor, he partners with clients to cost-effectively deliver comprehensive solutions to achieve their business objectives.

A significant portion of David’s practice includes clients in the commercial airline and business aviation industry. He has served as special counsel for domestic and international commercial airlines in connection with numerous aircraft acquisition, disposition and financing transactions, airport-related issues and transactions, sales and property taxation issues, and subsidiary dispositions and acquisitions, giving him a unique industry perspective.

David also has served in a similar role to major maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in both the commercial and business aviation sectors and has significant experience in the VIP aircraft completion sector. He has represented both U.S. and foreign business aviation clients (high net-worth individuals, flight departments, charter operators, fixed-base operators and major maintenance facilities) in connection with large business aircraft acquisitions, financings, leasing, management, charter leasing and maintenance, repair, modifications and completions.

As co-chair of Husch Blackwell’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) team, David’s industry experience has included various regulatory matters, including seeking certificates of authority from the DOT. David’s aviation practice has provided him with a unique perspective on issues facing the evolving UAS industry and he is actively following the regulatory and associated issues involving UAS, including the pending actions before, and anticipated regulatory action by, the FAA and other foreign jurisdictions.

In addition to advising clients in the aviation industry, David’s practice includes representation of a variety of local and national companies in regard to mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, business planning and strategies, real estate, financings and international transactions, including those in the automotive, manufacturing, hospitality and technology industries. He regularly serves as outside general counsel to local and national companies, which has positioned him to manage unique and complex projects requiring multiple disciplines and distinctive solutions. David also routinely represents entrepreneurs and start-up companies in developing, organizing and financing their entities and concepts.




  • Biz417, Biz 100, Law, 2016-2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2007-2019; Corporate Governance Law, 2016-2019; Equipment Finance Law, 2016-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Aviation, 2005, 2008-2016
  • Springfield Business Journal, "Men of the Year," Inaugural Class, 2011, Trusted Advisers Legacy Adviser, 2014


  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.S., Southwest Missouri State University
    • Finance
    • cum laude


  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Air Finance Subcommittee; Forum on Air and Space Law
  • International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT)
  • The Missouri Bar
  • National Business Aviation Association
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • TerraLex, Aviation Section, Co-chair, 2018-present
  • UMB Bank, Springfield Region, Advisory Board, 2018-present
  • World Services Group, Aviation Group, group leader, 2012
  • Advised American Airlines on complex transaction involving acquisition of 47 Boeing 787 aircraft, deferral of delivery of 40 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, cancellation of a previous order for 22 Airbus aircraft, and a comprehensive long-term engine maintenance agreement.
Community Leadership
  • Agricultural & Mechanical Society, Inc. d/b/a Ozark Empire Fair, president, 2008; Board of Directors, 2002-present
  • American Red Cross, Greater Ozarks Chapter, chair, “Red”iness Capital Campaign, 2008
  • City of Springfield, City Manager Search Committee, 2008
  • City of Springfield, Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board, 2005-2015
  • Greater Ozarks Professional Baseball Association, Board of Directors, 1989-1997
  • Greater Ozarks Sertoma Club, 1999-2002
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri, vice president, 2006-2007; Board of Directors, 2005-2007; Program Center Board, 2007-2008
  • Partnership Industrial Center Administrative Council, 2002-2003
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities, chair, 2008; Board of Directors, 2005-2011 
  • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, chair, 2002; Board of Directors, 1998-2003; Past Chair’s Advisory Council, chair, 2004; Local Issues Task Force, 2009-present; International Business Council, chair, 2010-2012
  • Springfield Business & Development Corporation, Board of Directors, 2002-2006
  • Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board of Directors, 2001
  • Springfield Good Community Committee, 2001
  • Springfield-Southeast Rotary Club, 1993-present
  • Springfieldian Selection Committee, 2002-2004, 2006, 2015
  • Springfield’s Best Foundation, Board of Directors, 2001-2002
  • Springfield’s Best “Locally Owned Companies,” Board of Directors, 1997-2000
  • Tim O’Brien Memorial Foundation Inc., Board of Directors, 1999-2000