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David A. Shaneyfelt, Esq.

David A. Shaneyfelt has nearly thirty years’ experience in litigating complex civil matters in state and Federal courts across the country. A former shareholder with the New York-based law firm of Anderson Kill, Mr. Shaneyfelt has represented numerous private and public business entities in disputes against insurance companies and joint powers agencies.

His representative cases and matters include the recovery of insurance policy benefits (defense and indemnity) for employment practices liability (EPLI) cases, wage and hour class actions, director and officer (D&O) liability, public entity liability, professional malpractice, reinsurance, accidental death insurance, and lifetime disability. He has also handled a wide-variety of complex litigation matters involving commercial contract disputes, public affordable housing programs, unfair competition, entertainment, insurance broker malpractice, and attorney malpractice.

He has been rated “AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated,” the top rating, 5.0 out of 5.0, by his peers as listed in Martindale Hubbell, and he also has a perfect 10.0 rating by Avvo, the attorney rating service. He is a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, in Washington, D.C., where he represented various Federal government agencies in complex civil litigation matters and government-wide implementation of the Federal employee drug testing program.

He is a member of three state bars – California, Illinois, and Oregon (inactive) – and has practiced in the following Federal courts: Central District of California; Southern District of California, Northern District of California; Northern District of Illinois; Central District of Illinois; Western District of Washington; Southern District of Mississippi; District of Hawaii; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal; Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is a 1981 graduate of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. He received his J.D. in 1984 from the Willamette College of Law in Salem, Oregon, where he was senior editor of the Law Review.

He is a frequent speaker for several continuing legal education groups at conferences and webinars on insurance coverage issues. Among the webinars he leads are those sponsored by the National Constitution Conferences, the American Law Institute, the Strafford Company, and Bridgeport Continuing Education.

Recent topics include:

The Reservation of Rights Letter: Respond to the Threat of Denied Coverage (National Constitution Conferences)


Are Negligent Supervision Claims 'Occurrences'?," Law360, New York (Nov. 8, 2016)

Cyber Coverage Loopholes: Beware of External Fraud," American Law Institute, CLE Newsletter (Aug. 24, 2016)

Insurance Bad Faith: Strategies for Avoiding or Pursuing Claims,” American Law Institute CLE (May 28, 2015) (with Melissa O’Loughlin White and Raymond J. Tittman)

Sacrificing Priests On The Altar Of Insurance,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (Feb. 24, 2015) (with Joe Maher)

Cyber Insurance: What Your Corporate Client Needs To Know,” Ventura County Bar Ass’n (Jan. 2015)

Avoiding Headaches with Certificates of Insurance,” Risk Management Magazine (Dec. 15, 2014)

Finding Coverage for Wage and Hour Class Actions,” Practice Tips, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (June, 2014)

Signs Your Insurance Company is Leaving You Twisting In the Wind (And How You Can Protect Against It),” Anderson Kill Policyholder Advisor (Nov./Dec. 2013)

Mortgage Lenders' Next Crisis: Insurers’ Denials of Repurchase Demands,” (Sept. 25, 2012)

Finding Coverage for Wage and Hour Class Actions: Better to Split Hairs, Than Pull Them,” Enforce: The Insurance Policy Enforcement Journal, Volume 9, Issue 1 (May 2011)

10 Tips for When You Receive a Reservation of Rights Letter,” Risk Management Magazine (May 2010)

Why a Reservation of Rights Letter Is a Reservation for Trouble,” The John Liner Review (Spring 2010)

“‘So, You Might Not Accept Defense Of Our Claim?’ Using The Reservation Of Rights Letter To Your Advantage,” Corporate Counsel Magazine (May 2009)

When Your Insurance Carrier Must Provide You A Second Attorney – Appointing No. 2 To Look Out For No. 1,” (Part II) Enforce, The Insurance Policy Enforcement Journal (2008) Vol. 6, Issue 1.

When Your Insurance Carrier Must Provide You A Second Attorney,” (Part I) Enforce, The Insurance Policy Enforcement Journal (2007) Vol. 5, Issue 1.

He is also co-author of the guide, Corporate Policyholders' 50-State Guide: The Right to Independent Counsel, the first state-by-state guide that equips in-house counsel to address the legal conflicts that may occur when a policyholder needs legal representation and the insurance company selects the attorney.