Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Dave Abelman is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for DentaQuest, the nation’s leading purpose-driven oral health organization with a mission to improve the oral health of all. Headquartered in Boston, MA, with locations across the country, DentaQuest provides outcomes-based, cost-effective dental solutions for Medicaid and CHIP, Medicare Advantage, small and large businesses, and individuals nationwide.
DentaQuest now manages dental and vision benefits for 30+ million Americans in 30 states and provides direct patient care through a network of more than 80 oral health centers in six states. And its membership and national provider footprint continue to grow.
Dave oversees legal, compliance, fraud prevention, public relations and governance activities for DentaQuest and its affiliated businesses. He joined DentaQuest in 2013 as Senior Vice President (SVP) and General Counsel. Before that, Dave served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Tufts Health Plan and President of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. His earlier roles include Senior Counsel at Fidelity Investments, Junior Partner at Nutter, McClennen & Fish, and Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston, focusing on the prosecution of health care fraud and other white-collar crimes.
Dave is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, through which he has served on various program committees including the Annual In-House Counsel program. He also serves on several boards for community organizations, is past co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Health Law Section, and he has been a frequent speaker at AHLA, BBA and other industry programs.
Dave is a graduate of Brandeis University and the University of Chicago Law School. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife Marilyn.