David D. Gammell


Co-Chair, Emerging Company Practice

Gammell, David

David Gammell represents companies—including information technology, cleantech, fintech, healthcare IT, medical device, energy, life sciences, materials science and other high technology and entrepreneurial businesses—in complex corporate transactions throughout their lifecycle. As co-chair of WilmerHale's Emerging Company Practice, he partners with entrepreneurs, investors and startups to help clients navigate the legal issues, team dynamics and business challenges that the companies may encounter as they grow.

With nearly two decades of experience, Mr. Gammell has a substantial practice advising early stage companies on formation and founders issues, equity structure and incentives and intellectual property strategy. He also represents clients in complex corporate transactions including licensing, technology transfer and strategic alliances, angel and venture capital financings, and mergers and acquisitions. Some of Mr. Gammell's recent venture-backed clients include: Abine, Cannonball, Flywire (formerly known as peerTransfer), Foro Energy, Nanigans and SnapApp.

In addition, Mr. Gammell represents several leading national and international venture capital funds, private equity funds and angel investors in a range of transactions. Recently, he represented Accomplice, Bain Capital Ventures and Spark Capital in financing transactions.

Mr. Gammell maintains an active practice representing pro bono clients and social entrepreneurs. One of his social entrepreneurship clients is Andela, a startup currently building a network of top tier computer science education programs across Africa.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Gammell was a nuclear engineer and officer in the United States Navy.

Representative Experience

Mr. Gammell counsels publicly and privately held companies in a variety of industries including information technology (hardware, software and services), fintech, materials, robotics, semiconductor, cleantech, medical device, life sciences and other high technology sectors and social entrepreneurial businesses. Recently, he represented:

  • Accomplice (formerly known as Atlas Venture), Bain Capital Ventures and Spark Capital and various other angel and strategic investors in numerous private placement financings;
  • Clients in their sale to AOL, Dropbox, Google, Informatica, Kinetic Concepts Inc. and Oracle;
  • Flywire (formerly known as peerTransfer), an international tuition payment startup, in various venture capital financings;
  • Foro Energy in forming their company, issuing founder equity, raising their first round of convertible debt financing and several subsequent rounds or venture capital, and negotiating strategic relationships with some of the biggest companies in the world;
  • Nanigans, developer of a leading advertising technology platform, in its Series B financing;
  • SnapApp, an interactive content marketing platform, in its Series A financing;
  • Soft Robotics Inc., a robotics company designing pneumatic grippers and control systems to automate bin picking, order fulfillment and other material handling tasks, in its Series A financing; 
  • The Muse, an online career resource targeting millennials, in its Series B financing; and
  • WorkMarket, an online platform and marketplace for businesses to manage freelancers, contractors and consultants, in various strategic and venture capital financings.

Professional Activities

Mr. Gammell is an author and frequent lecturer on issues relating to startups and venture-backed companies. He supports various organizations in the Boston and New York startup communities, regularly serving as a panelist and judge for MIT $100K, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, MIT Venture Capital Conference,  MIT Venture Capital Investment Competition, and as a mentor for the MIT Venture Mentoring Service. Mr. Gammell was a member of the board of Technology Underwriting the Greater Good from 2010 to 2015.

Honors & Awards

Publications & News


October 10, 2017

WilmerHale Reps Andela in $40M Series C Funding

As announced in today's New York Times article, “Start-up Bets on Tech Talent Pipeline from Africa,” Andela Inc.—a New York-based startup that identifies the most talented individuals in Africa, shapes them into world-class developers, and pairs them with the world's leading tech companies—has announced a $40 million Series C funding round led by CRE Venture Capital.

August 23, 2017

WilmerHale Reps SnapApp in Raising $10.2M Series B Funding Round

SnapApp, provider of the leading SaaS platform used by B2B marketers to create, publish, and measure interactive content, announced that it has closed $10.2 million in additional funding from its principal investor, Providence Strategic Growth.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

June 13, 2017

Hyalex Orthopaedics Raises $16 Million Series A Financing

WilmerHale client Hyalex Orthopaedics, a medical device company advancing new products that feature HYALEX™ technology, a synthetic polymer that mimics cartilage, announced that it has raised $16 million in Series A financing.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

June 8, 2017

Legal Mechanics of Organizing Corporations

WilmerHale Partners Mark Borden and David Gammell author this chapter in Start-Up & Emerging Companies: Planning, Financing, and Operating the Successful Business. The legal mechanics of organizing corporations encompass a variety of corporate, tax, securities and business considerations. By anticipating the special problems and situations which are likely to arise in the course of the startup company's growth, its founders can structure the organization of the corporation to minimize future obstacles.

May 1, 2017

WilmerHale Reps WorkMarket in $25M in Series D Funding

WorkMarket, Inc., an online platform and marketplace for businesses to manage freelancers, contractors and consultants, received $25 million in its latest round of funding.

April 28, 2017

2017 Venture Capital Report

The 2017 Venture Capital Report offers an in-depth US venture capital market review and outlook, including industry and regional breakdowns, as well as a look at the following issues: steps startups should take now if they plan to secure a Series A round in 2017; common structures for management carve-out plans; best practices for private companies setting option exercise prices; the benefits of investing in qualified small business stock; and trends in venture capital financing terms, convertible debt terms and VC-backed company M&A deal terms.

April 7, 2017

Insurance Navigator Wellthie Looks Beyond Healthcare With $5M Series A Round

Wellthie, an insurance technology company offering leading broker and carrier shopping tools to simplify insurance distribution for small businesses and individuals, received $5 million in a Series A round of financing.

November 29, 2016

The Tough Questions You Must Discuss Before You Take the Money

Dave Gammell, in this article published by Xconomy, explains why before taking money, entrepreneurs need to be forthright about where they stand on the key issues that can derail a promising venture and devastate a partnership.


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JD, Boston College Law School, 1997

BS, Engineering, University of Nebraska, 1989

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