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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. 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 conducts live webinars regularly for the National Constitution Conferences and its Continuing Legal Education Program:“Getting Insurance Claims Paid: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know,” (2014-16)
He recently appeared on three live national webinar panels and their continuing legal education programs:Bridgeport Continuing Education: " Insurance Coverage Issues for Wage and Hour Class Actions"
He recently spoke at Bridgeport's 2016 Wage & Hour Litigation and Management Conference - Los Angeles on "Insurance Coverage Issues for Wage and Hour Class Actions."
His publications on insurance coverage include:“ Are Negligent Supervision Claims 'Occurrences'?," Law360, New York (Nov. 8, 2016)"
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.
At the Department of Justice, Shaneyfelt assisted in implementing the Federal civilian drug testing program covering more than one million employees throughout the Federal workforce, including at the FBI, DEA, Bureau of Prisons, Secret Service, and Treasury Department. He also assisted in the successful defense to the numerous Constitutional challenges brought against that program. He also handled litigation involving the wind-up of lengthy Title VII class action suits against both the Department of Agriculture and the Small Business Administration.
He left Washington, D.C., to engage in private practice in Chicago, where he was involved in a wide-array of complex state and Federal litigation, including employment law, and at the trial and appellate levels. In 1997, he joined his alma mater, Thomas Aquinas College, where he was engaged in development work for a comprehensive campaign and where he worked as in-house counsel, responsible for such matters as Federal regulatory compliance, employee benefits and employment law, student records and disciplinary matters, implementation of ex corde ecclesiae, and other matters specific to a faith-based institution.
He has practiced before the Northern District of California, Western District of Washington, Southern District of Mississippi, District of Hawaii, Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal, U.S. Supreme Court. He is an active member of the Illinois bar, an inactive member of the Oregon bar, and is awaiting admission to the California bar.
Shaneyfelt obtained his B.A. from Thomas Aquinas College in 1981, and his J.D. from Willamette College of Law in 1984, where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review.