J. Daniel Plants
Founder and Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Plants founded Voce Capital Management LLC, a value-oriented, employee-owned investment advisor, in 2011. His two decades of experience prior to Voce featured leadership roles from Wall Street to Sand Hill Road, including executive positions in the mergers and acquisitions groups at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and JPMorgan. His prior career spans dozens of successful M&A transactions and more than $20 billion in public and private capital raising across a broad range of industries and market capitalizations.
Mr. Plants is an expert on corporate governance, having begun his career as a securities attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell and later having led the corporate defense advisory business at JPMorgan. He has implemented numerous shareholder rights plans and advised on both sides of many unsolicited and related party transactions as both a banker and lawyer; he is a regular panelist in industry forums on investor activism. Mr. Plants is the Chairman of the Board of Cutera, Inc. (Nasdaq: CUTR) and is a member of the Council of Institutional Investors and the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Plants began his career serving a one-year appointment as a law clerk to the Hon. Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Plants received a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, where he won the Campbell Moot Court competition and was a publishing editor of the Michigan Law Review. He received a BA in economics from Baylor University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa; he was the National College Debate Champion in 1989.