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2020 Men of the Year: David Healy

Appleby Healy Attorneys At Law PC

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Throughout his 17 years of law experience, David Healy has served in multiple community capacities from private and public law to leading nonprofit organizations. Healy wears numerous hats at three organizations: president of Appleby Healy Attorneys at Law PC, managing member and principal of Legal Land Title LLC, and director and secretary of Missouri Trust Shares Inc. In recent years, the Appleby Healy law firm has doubled in size and Legal Land Title has recorded back-to-back annual growth of nearly 100%.

“I have had some tremendous opportunities to get involved and lead various civic and professional organizations,” Healy says. “However, leading multiple organizations through the spring in this current environment has been a tremendous challenge and will be a time in my life that I will reflect on often many years from now.”

Healy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Liberty University in Virginia. He earned a Juris Doctor at University of Missouri School of Law in 2003 and was hired as appellate clerk for the Missouri Southern District Court of Appeals. A year later, he became assistant prosecuting attorney for Greene County before venturing into private law, which he practiced for 11 years. In 2014, he joined Appleby Healy as a partner and operated the firm’s land title business, Legal Land Title. Missouri Trust Shares was founded in 2016 as the holding company for Missouri Trust and Investment Co.

In a time of uncertainty because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Healy and his teams had to adapt overnight. In particular, he says rapid modifications to business structure had to be made at Legal Land Title because it is a business of close contact with clients. The title company experienced 35% revenue growth in 2017 and 2018, leaping to 82% growth in 2019.

Adapting and growing in the face of change is vital, and Healy says he is purposeful to facilitate that on the front lines with his employees and partners.

In the past year at Appleby and Healy, the firm has undergone a building remodel and integration of new software. The team does group projects regularly for team building and Healy says he does his best to make each person feel heard and valued.

“Change can be stressful on staff and my leadership position is to stay calm during a difficult transition, communicate well with my staff so there are no surprises and be out in front resolving issues,” he says. “I believe leadership is, at its core, being the person out front doing the hard things.”

Healy serves on the board of the Pregnancy Care Center and Greene County Estate Planning Council. He also is involved with the Kiwanis Club of Christian County, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, The Ozark Mountain Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution and is a founding member of the Historic River District Inc. in Ozark.

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