David A. Shaneyfelt is a shareholder at Anderson Kill, California, LLP, where he represents numerous private and public entities in coverage disputes against insurance carriers and joint powers agencies. Mr. Shaneyfelt is also a member of Anderson Kill's Financial Services Industry Group. A former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Mr. Shaneyfelt has extensive background in complex civil litigation, trials, and appeals in numerous state and Federal courts.
Mr. Shaneyfelt's representative cases and matters include the recovery of insurance policy benefits (defense and indemnity) for wage and hour class actions, director and officer (D&O) liability, public entity liability, professional malpractice, and reinsurance. 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 also represents non-profit organizations in formation and governance matters.
Mr. Shaneyfelt is an 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.
Mr. Shaneyfelt has also written numerous articles on insurance coverage. Recent publications include:
"Mortgage Lenders' Next Crisis: Insurers' Denials of Repurchase Demands," DSNews.com (September 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 (May 2009)
“When Your Insurance Carrier Must Provide You A Second Attorney – Appointing No. 2 To Look Out For No. 1,” (Part II in a two-part series) Enforce, The Insurance Policy Enforcement Journal (2008) Vol. 6, Issue 1.
“When Your Insurance Carrier Must Provide You A Second Attorney,” (Part I in a two-part series) Enforce, The Insurance Policy Enforcement Journal (2007) Vol. 5, Issue 1.
“Collecting Benefits After Resigning,” Chicago Tribune (June 25, 1995), At Work Column, at Sec. 8, "Jobs," at 1.
“Is 60-Year-Old Being Forced Out?,” Chicago Tribune (Apr. 23, 1995), At Work Column, at Sec. 8, "Jobs," at 1.
“Ten Things Not To Do In Setting Up A Drug Testing Program,” Drugs In The Workplace Newsletter (Nov. 1994).
“Drug Testing Of Employees,” DuPage County Bar Journal (Jan. 1993) at 13-18.
“Withholding Or Withdrawing Life Sustaining Treatment,” Oregon State Bar Health Law Manual Ch. 42 (1990) (co-authored with Jodie Ann Noon and Jeane Sarti).
“Will Labor Unions Support Drug Testing?,” Human Events (Dec. 28, 1991) at 10.
“Courts Are No Place For Fun and Frivolity: A Warning to Vexatious Litigants and Over-Zealous Attorneys,” 20 Willamette Law Review 441-93 (1984).
“Personnel Changes in the Oregon Supreme Court,” 19 Willamette Law Review 316-22 (1983).
"Reservation of Rights Letter: Respond to the Threat of Denied Coverage," National Constitution Center Conferences CLE Webinar, Malvern, PA (February 12, 2013)
"Certificates of Insurance: Critical Coverage Issues You Need to Know," National Constitution Center CLE Webinar, Ventura, CA (September 11, 2012)
"Reservation of Rights Letters: Responding to the Threat of Denied Coverage, Policyholder's Response and Use of Independent Counsel," 26th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, Overland Park, KS (June 21, 2012)
"Reservation of Rights Letters: Responding to the Threat of Denied Coverage," National Constitution Center Webinar, Ventura, CA (February 21, 2012)
"Certificates of Insurance: Issues and Answers for Indemnification," National Constitution Center Conferences Webinar (September 27, 2011)
"Reservation of Rights Letters: Responding to the Threat of Denied Coverage," National Constitution Conference Webinar (June 2, 2011)
"Claims Handling - How to Get Claims Paid During Difficult Economic Times," Orange County RIMS Chapter, Orange, CA (May 4, 2010) (with Robert M. Horkovich)
Reception Host, Association of Corporate Counsel, Mountain West Chapter, Park City, UT (February 26, 2010)
"Hospitality Industry Insurance Litigation Update - 2009," Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, TX (February 4, 2010)
"Meet Your Counterpart: The Lawyer You Didn't Think You Needed - An Insurance Discussion," Association of Corporate Counsel San Diego, San Diego, CA (November 10, 2009)
"Effective Legal Writing," MCLE course, Ventura, CA (January, 2009)
"Protecting Your Coverage Rights After A Claim," IRMI (Insurance Risk Management Institute) 27th Annual Construction Risk Conference, Orlando, FL (October 29, 2007) (am/pm sessions) (co-presenters, Jill Berkeley, Teresa Martin, & David Wood)
"Affordable Housing Litigation: Insurance Coverage Strategies; Summary Judgment," MCLE Course, Ventura, CA (January, 2006)
"The Law of Title VII Religious Discrimination," MCLE Course, Great Lakes Center for Law and Justice, Maumee Bay, OH (October, 1998)
"The Law of Title VII Religious Discrimination," MCLE Course, Great Lakes Center for Law and Justice, Mackinac Island, MI (October, 1997)
"An Overview of the Law of Drug Testing in the Workplace," MCLE Course, Corporate Committee Section, DuPage County Bar Association, Wheaton, IL (March, 1993)
"Testimony Before the U.S. Department of Transportation Public Hearing on Proposed Alcohol and Drug Regulations," Chicago, IL (March, 1993).
"Workplace Drug Testing," Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, Harvey, IL (April, 1992)
"Drugs in the Workplace," Conference On Workplace Initiatives, San Diego, CA (June, 1989)
"Implementation of the Federal Drug Testing Plan," Tier II & III Federal Agencies, Oceanside, MD (May, 1989)
"Drugs in the Workplace," Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Ann Arbor, MI (September, 1988)
"Federal Drug Testing," Federal Sector Committee, Ft. Meade, MD (May 1988)
"Implementation of the Federal Drug Testing Plan," Tier I Federal Agencies, Charlottesville, VA (June, 1988)
"Implementation of the Bureau of Prisons Drug Testing Plan," Federal Bureau of Prisons Management Conference, Cherry Hill, NJ (February, 1988); Dallas, TX (March, 1988)
"Travelers Owes Beverage Co. Defense In Calif. Wage Suit," Law360 (August 30, 2012)
California, Illinois, Oregon (inactive); Central 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; U.S. Supreme Court
Los Angeles County Bar Association; Ventura County Bar Association
California Council of School Attorneys; Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Boy Scouts of America
Eagle Scout, 1977
Order of the Arrow