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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.

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He has practiced extensively in state and Federal courts, including the Central, Southern, and Northern Districts of California, the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Western District of Washington, the Southern District of Mississippi, the District of Hawaii, the Ninth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also admitted to, but an inactive member of, the bars of Oregon and Illinois.

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:

Employment Practices Liability Insurance: Preserving, Defending, and Pressing Your Rights To Coverage (Bridgeport)

Insurance Coverage Issues for Wage and Hour Class Actions (Bridgeport's Annual Wage & Hour Litigation Management Conference - Los Angeles)

Insurance Bad Faith: Strategies for Avoiding and Pursuing Claims (American Law Institute)

Insurer's Bad Faith in the Absence of Coverage (Strafford Company)

Getting Insurance Claims Paid: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know (National Constitution Conferences)


"Claims Against The Claims Handlers Under Large Deductible Workers' Compensation Insurance Policies," The State Bar of California, Business Law News (Summer, 2017)

"When The Church Defames Her Priests," Homiletic and Pastoral Review (July 21, 2017) (with Joe Maher)

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

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