10 Questions with David T., Senior Corporate Counsel
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From navigating the business of delivery to answering legal questions for every team at Shipt, David T. works tirelessly behind the scenes as our Senior Corporate Counsel to make what we do at Shipt possible. Before his time at Shipt, David was an entrepreneur himself and became an expert in the laws of alcohol delivery, making him a perfect fit for Shipt. He now loves to lead wine tastings at the San Francisco office happy hours! Keep reading to learn more about his passion for cooking, experience navigating life as a new dad and trip to the Super Bowl.
What did you do before Shipt?
I’ve been an attorney for ten years now. Before Shipt, I started my own direct-to-consumer wine shipping company and became an expert in alcohol laws, especially as it related to shipping across state lines. When my wife became pregnant, we decided to sell the business, which was right around the same time Shipt needed someone to work on the legal and business end of alcohol delivery.
This month is my two year anniversary at Shipt. My first two weeks I dove straight into work and it took me awhile to fully embrace the Shipt social culture. Then one day, a switch flipped for me and now I’m close with everyone that works here!
What does your typical day look like?
A typical day for me is a combination of commercial law work and risk management. Whenever we have a new line of business, like alcohol delivery, I take a look at all the regulations involved, where we fit and where we can work on compliance. My goal is always to maximize the business, and minimize the legal work. I also review all legal documents that come through Shipt, so I answer any and all legal questions for just about every team at Shipt.
What’s always on your grocery list?
I love to cook, so I’m routinely running out of spices. I use a lot of cumin, oregano, chilli and onion powder. With a latte-drinking wife and 20 month-old baby, milk is always on our grocery list! I’m less of a middle aisle shopper, I cook a lot of protein from the deli and love having fresh fruit and vegetables in the fridge.
Tell us about your new baby!
Her name is Lily. She’s a total San Francisco baby – she waves at anyone she passes on the street and always wants to be outside and experience different things. She’s not scared or timid in the least. We live in a one bedroom apartment and it can be tough at times to raise a family here, but we’ve loved taking advantage of the different cultures and languages.
What’s the last book you read?
The last book I read by myself was Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers. But the last book I read to my daughter was Peppa Pig and the Day at the Museum just before school this morning.
What’s the most unexpected item in your fridge right now?
A whole rabbit I bought at the farmers market to make a Cassoulet. I used to be a go-go-go kind of guy when I first moved to San Francisco. Now that I’m a father, I prefer to spend more time at home reading and just enjoying time with my family. Long, simmer cooking dishes are something I can, and enjoy, making a lot.
What’s your favorite Shipt memory?
When we found out about Target, the relief of a deal being finalized, the proud moment of signing a new retail partner, and 1000 great moments spent with my co-workers – but it’s tough to top the Super Bowl. I went to the Super Bowl with our Head of Business Development, Joe Manning. We did a deal with Budweiser who invited us – it was tons of fun and something I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do.
You’re making a PB&J. White or wheat? Crunchy or creamy? Strawberry or grape jelly? Any wacky ingredients on top (bacon, pickles, etc.)?
With a young daughter, I make PB&J’s frequently! Our go-to is wheat bread, crushed blackberries with a fork and crunchy peanut butter, not toasted.
What’s your secret weapon?
My ability to laugh at myself. It’s disarming, especially when my line of work is very negotiation heavy and can be intense. My self-deprecating sense of humor can help lighten up the room.
Complete this sentence: I love working at Shipt because….
The people. The culture. The can-do attitude. People generally care about one another, what we do and our partners. I’ve never worked at a place where individuals get along as well as the people at Shipt do. It feels very special and is entirely unique to my career. Every day I feel thrilled and blessed to be a part of the Shipt family.