David S. Shughart

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Phoenix, Arizona

Beale Micheaels Slack & Shughart, PC
David S. Shughart
Beale Micheaels Slack & Shughart, PC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Insurance Coverage, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in Arizona since: 1993

Education: The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023

Beale Micheaels Slack & Shughart, PC

7012 N. 18th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020 Visit website

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Board-certified as a specialist in wrongful death and injury by the State Bar of Arizona, David S. Shughart is a partner at the law firm Beale Micheaels Slack Shughart P.C. in Phoenix, Arizona. With almost three decades of legal experience, he serves clients throughout the state of Arizona, including all the major towns and cities. Representing people who have sustained injuries because of another person’s negligent actions, he handles cases involving:

·       Insurance coverage

·       Medical malpractice

·       Products liability 

·       Wrongful death

·       Insurance bad faith

·       Motor vehicle liability 

·       Premises liability 

Graduating cum laude, Mr. Shughart received his bachelor’s degree in English from the Arizona State University-Barrett, The Honors College. He went on to study law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and received his Juris Doctor in 1993. 

After law school, Mr. Shughart joined a renowned firm in Phoenix as a partner where he represented insurance companies. He later started his own firm where he took on personal injury cases, representing those who were hurt through no fault of their own. In 2013, he joined Beale Micheaels Slack Shughart P.C. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Shughart has litigated cases for clients in courtrooms throughout Arizona, including the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He is a tireless advocate for his clients’ rights, with a firm commitment to their needs and interests. 

Mr. Shughart has co-authored chapters in the Arizona Tort Law Handbook and has presented at many conferences and continuing legal education platforms. He has been honored and recognized for his professional ethics and excellence, and is rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell. He has been listed numerous times in the Best Lawyers of America and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, and also has a “Superb” rating on Avvo. 

A past board member of the Solid Rock Foundation, Mr. Shughart has memberships in other professional organizations such as the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Arizona Association for Justice, the Maricopa County Bar Association, and the Jury Instruction Committee and Fee Arbitration Committee of the State Bar of Arizona. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Dram Shop Laws, Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 40% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Insurance Coverage
  • 30% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1993, Arizona

Professional Webpage: https://www.beale-micheaels.com/our-staff/david-s-shughart

Educational Background:
  • Arizona State University- Barrett's Honors College, B. A. (English), 1990
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • International Society of Barristers (2019)
  • Board Member, Solid Rock Foundation (2000-2010)
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Adams v. Surgical Specialty Hospital of Az., Maricopa County CV 13-009939
  • Zilisch v. State Farm, 196 Ariz. 234, 995 P.2d 276 (2000)
  • Yeager v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No 1 CA-CV 15-0855 (App. 2017)
  • Winn v. Farmers, Maricopa County CV 98-02058
  • Wilson v. Lifestar Ambulette, Maricopa County CV 06-051265
  • Simpson v. Morris, Maricopa County CV 02-011103
  • Schurig v. Farmers, Maricopa County CV 96-14850
  • Shockley v. Taschner, Maricopa County CV 00-018408
  • Roddy v. County of Maricopa, 184 Ariz. 625, 911 P.2d 631 App. (1996)
  • Ring v. Casper, Maricopa County CV 99-20525
  • Pruitt v. Merz, Maricopa County CV 00-091915
  • Pica v. C.R. Clark Trucking, Maricopa County CV 96-08880
  • Petrusek v. Farmers, 193 Ariz. 552, 975 P.2d 142 App. (1998)
  • Norris v. Banner Health, Maricopa County CV 14-013185
  • Mendoza v. McDonald's Corp, 222 Ariz. 139, 213 P.3d 288 App. (2009)
  • Mendoza v. McDonald's Corp, Maricopa County CV 00-018376
  • Kobar v. Novartis Corp, 378 F. Supp. 2d 1166 (District of Arizona 2005)
  • Kobar v. Novartis Corp, U.S.D.C. (Arizona) No. CV 01-00156
  • Jones v. Norton's Country Corner, Maricopa County CV 01-017936
  • In re: Edward P. Schaeffer Revocable Trust, Maricopa County PB 99-090689
  • Greenberg v. Krizak, Maricopa County CV 02-004820
  • Forare v. Sharma, Tri-City Cardiology, CV 17-054022
  • Evans v. CVS Caremark Corporation, Maricopa County CV 12-015341
  • Demetrulias v. Walmart Stores, Inc, F. Supp. 2d, 2013 WL 135273
  • Collar v. State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co., Maricopa County CV 12-050769
  • Brown v. Anthony Crane, Maricopa County CV 94-01460
  • Brown v. Salt River Project, Maricopa County CV 99-12510
  • Booth v. Farmers, Maricopa County, Maricopa County CV 02-023593
  • Becker v. CSR Trucking Co., Clark County, Nevada No, CV A418464
  • Bass v. GEICO, Maricopa County CV 05-000656
  • Armenta v. Paskey, Maricopa County, CV 99-020900
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Injury and Wrongful Death by State Bar of Arizona
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State Bar of Arizona (1993-present) State Bar of Arizona, Fee Arbitration Committee (2009-present) Arizona Trial Lawyers’ Association (2001-present) Maricopa County Bar Association (1993-present) Maricopa County Bar Association, High School Teaching Program (1993-1996)
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2001
  • U. S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1993
  • Arizona, 1993
  • State Bar of Arizona, Jury Instruction Committee (2014-present)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, High School Teaching Program (1993-1996)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (1993-present)
  • Arizona Association for Justice (2001-present)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (2014-present)
Honors/Awards:
  • AV-rated, Martindale Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers, 2013
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter, “Defense Perspectives on Insurance Bad Faith,” Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
  • Presenter, “Navigating the Discovery Waters of an Insurance Bad Faith Case,” Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • Presenter, “Update on Insurance Broker/Professional Negligence Issues,” Eaton and Associates, Insurance Agents and Brokers Conference, 2007
  • Presenter, “Remedies When a Health Insurer or an ERISA Plan Will Not Pay Medical Expenses,” Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 2008 Liens Seminar
  • Presenter, “Update on Insurance Broker/Professional Negligence Issues,” Eaton and Associates, Insurance Agents and Brokers Conference, 2009
  • Presenter, “Insurance Coverage Litigation,” LawReview CLE, 2012
  • Presenter, “Disability Benefits Law Workshop: Your Legal Guide to Social Security, Group/ERISA and Private Disability Insurance,” National Business Institute, October 11,2012
  • Co-author, Negligence Chapter of Arizona Tort Law Handbook
  • Co-author, Negligence chapter of 2015 Supplement, Arizona Tort Law Handbook
  • Panel Member, “Damron Panel,” Insurance Law Institute 2016, State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education, February 4, 2016
  • Presenter, “Both Sides Now: 2016 UM/UIM and Insurance Law Update,” AzATLA/AzAJ Seminar, December 8, 2016
  • Presenter on behalf of Plaintiffs, “Advanced Liability, Causation, and Damage Issues in Motor Vehicle Crash Cases: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives,” State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education, March 22, 2017
  • Presenter, “2017 UM/UIM and Insurance Law Update,” AzATLA/AzAJ Seminar, December 14, 2017
  • Presenter, “Get in the Game! Compliance and Premises Liability Issues for Special Events,” State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education, February 16, 2018
  • Presenter, “Update on Insurance Broker/Professional Negligence Issues,” Eaton and Associates, Insurance Agents and Brokers Conference, April 17, 2019
  • Presenter, "Live Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert Witness," State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education (CLE by the Sea), July 16, 2019
  • Chairperson and Presenter, "Advanced Personal Injury - Third-Party Insurance Issues and Agent/Broker Malpractice Claims," State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education (CLE in the Red Rocks), March 1-3, 2020

Office location for David S. Shughart

7012 N. 18th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Phone: 602-957-0516

Selections

11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023

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Top 50: Arizona Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

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