Managing Partner, Outside GC CA
David Blackwood is a Managing Partner of Outside GC CA LLP, together with Outside GC co-founders Jon Levitt and Bill Stone. In addition to managing Outside GC’s California operations, David provides on-demand general counsel and GC-support services to many Southern California companies, primarily in the areas of consumer products, e-commerce and software. David’s clients include The Bouqs Company, MeUndies, The Flex Company, and Skylar Body.
For nearly 25 years, David has served as General Counsel to privately-held companies in a variety of industries, with a particular focus on consumer electronics and professional services.
David was General Counsel of McGladrey Capital Markets in Costa Mesa, California for over a decade, where he represented the company and its subsidiaries in many M&A and other capital markets transactions in the US, Canada and Europe. He also served as Assistant General Counsel of RSM McGladrey, a top five accounting firm, handling nationwide employment and litigation matters in that capacity.
Prior to that, David was General Counsel of Canon Computer Systems, the computer peripherals arm of Canon USA, where he ran the company’s legal function and helped the company grow from a startup to a well-established company with $1.4B in revenues.
David began his legal career in private practice in New York City, first at Thacher Proffitt & Wood, and then at the New York offices of Squire Sanders and Dorsey & Whitney. He enjoyed a broad-based corporate practice involving primarily outside general counsel services, as well as a variety of debt and equity transactions.
David is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School (with a Specialization in International Law).
He served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Southern California Chapter, and was the Co-Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Section. He is currently involved with several groups through his church.
David grew up in Philadelphia, where he attended Central High School and developed a lifelong fondness for cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches and scrapple.
David lives in Irvine, California with his wonderful wife and daughter, their two older sons having successfully launched into their new careers. In his “free time” he enjoys international travel, hiking, photography, music and, of course, cooking and eating.