Dan  Mummery

Senior Consultant, Partner Practice

Dan Mummery is still mad at his parents. His father was a doctor and, according to family lore, could have done his residency in San Francisco but chose Miami because he didn’t think his car would make it to California. So Dan had to wait until he was 40 to finally get himself and his family to California, where he found three of his greatest passions– attending San Jose Sharks games, playing tennis year round and skiing with his kids (favorite ski resort, Whistler, duh).

But the wait was worth it. Dan had the very good fortune to spend the first 12 years of his legal career in New York at a top-notch Wall Street firm and then practice for 20 years in Silicon Valley, retiring from Gibson Dunn in 2019, where he was the Co-Chair of the Strategic Sourcing & Commercial Transactions Group and served as a Hiring Partner and was a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee.

As someone who faints at the sight of blood, Dan knew he wasn’t going to be a doctor. Armed with a history degree and a liberal arts education and with a love for words (Dan’s favorite book in high school was the OED), law school was a no-brainer. After having spent over 30 years as a BigLaw lawyer and a partner at some of the best law firms in the world, Dan can provide candidates with a deep perspective on a wide range of law firm models, compensation structures and cultures. As a former hiring partner at two Am Law 100 law firms and a lateral partner, Dan understands the recruiting process inside and out from both the candidate’s and the firm’s perspectives. 

Why become a recruiter?  And why Whistler?  “Sean kept calling me with cool jobs.  I kept referring him people.  I retired.  I kept referring people to Sean.  Sean pointed out that I would make more if I just represented the person myself.  I said good point, and here we are.”

Best Quote: “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur

What movie was secretly about you?  Argo (no one at Whistler understands this reference, hence we put it on the website and told Dan to never explain it.  Oh the mystery!)

Greatest Historical Event: The Renaissance

Renaissance – a rebirth or a revival or renewed interest in something, an awakening. Come on, what did you expect from a liberal arts guy? After a long and rewarding career as a law firm partner, I joined Whistler to help smart, accomplished, curious lawyers have a renaissance moment and think critically about their careers. Maybe you are 100% happy and satisfied. Life couldn’t be any better. If so, good for you. If not, we should talk.   


Commercial Counsel @ Healthcare Data Startup

Combat COVID with Data

Legal Counsel @ The Trevor Project (Nonprofit for LGBTQ Youth)

Make a Difference

EXCLUSIVE: General Counsel @ Medical Device Startup

Future of Beauty

EXCLUSIVE: Head of FinTech @ Financial Institution Client

The Pinnacle of FinTech

In-House Tech Transactions Attorney @ Venture Fund

VC with a Vision

Senior In-House Counsel @ Digital Health Leader

Not Your Grandma's Healthcare

In-House Commercial Transactions Attorney @ Digital Health Leader

Healthcare Meets Tech

Exclusive: ECVC Associate at Elite Firm's LA Office

Best Partner Opportunity in SoCal

In-House Corporate Counsel at Venture Fund

VC Meets FinTech

In-House Life Science Corporate Counsel @ Pharmaceutical Company

Future of Pharma

Startup & Media Associate @ Arts & Entertainment-Focused Boutique

Très Chic

Futures Trading Compliance @ Crypto Trading Platform

The Brand Name in Crypto

Director of Business & Legal @ Media Streaming Company

Binge Worthy

Privacy Counsel @ International Gaming Company

The Next Big Thing in Gaming

Associate @ Hollywood Entertainment Boutique

Break Into Entertainment

IP & Tech Litigation opp at a Silicon Valley tech Firm

The Move Before You Go In House

Privacy Partner @ Bay Area AmLaw 50 Firm

Plug and Play

Biotech Late Stage/Cap Markets Partner

Use Your Expertise

Business & Legal Affairs @ AdTech Market Leader

Digital Giants

Big Money Job at a Cutting Edge Biotech

Drugs are Fun!

Senior Counsel @ Brainy FinTech Startup

Front Line Negotiations

In-House FinTech Bankruptcy Counsel

Can bankruptcy lawyers go in-house? YES!

Senior In-house Counsel @ Edgy FinTech Shop

Global Platform

The Right Bankruptcy & Reorganization Practice For You

Restructuring Your Own Career

PE M&A Partner Day 1 @ Top Growth Equity Practice

Title & Platform - Walk in as Partner

Less Finance, More Fintech

Go Digital

Litigation For Entertainment & The Arts

The Muse

General Counsel @ Digital Currency Trading Firm

Lead the Revolution

General Counsel @ Socially Conscious Fintech Startup

The Real Deal

Corporate/Fintech Associate @ Lifestyle Law Firm

Living in Style

Switch to FinTech deals

FinTech Fix

Use Your Science Degree

Back to School

IP Counsel @ Tier 1 Unicorn

Top Secret

Switch To Tech Transactions, Multiply Your In-house Options

The Solution

IP Counsel @ Tech Accelerator

Very Tech-y

Privacy & Tech Transactions Counsel @ Interactive Gaming Company

Going Global

New Media IP Transactions Associate @ Tech-leader

The Future is Now

Corporate Counsel @ Digital Marketing Startup

Launching Pad

Switch from Corporate/IP to Advertising

Change Gears

Corporate & IP Counsel @ Media & Entertainment Leader

Heavy Hitter

Digital Advertising Counsel @ Health & Wellness Startup

The Good Life

Advertising, Marketing & Entertainment Associate

Advertising Injection

Media, Entertainment & Sports Associate @ Prominent Firm


Counsel @ Series B Social Impact Startup

Be a Trailblazer

Switch from Capital Markets to Emerging Companies

ECVC Injection

Corporate Counsel @ Late-stage Workspace Startup

Enter the World of Startups

Associate General Counsel @ Venture Fund

Career Launcher

Outside General Counsel @Boutique Startup & Venture Firm

New School

Startup & Venture Capital Associate @ Elite Startup-Focused Firm

The Best of the Best

Legal Recruiter

New York or Los Angeles