David A. Shaneyfelt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Calabasas, CA

The Alvarez Firm
 | 24005 Ventura Blvd., Calabasas, CA 91302
Phone: 818-805-2518
Fax: 818-224-1380
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage
    Attorney Profile

    David A. Shaneyfelt is an attorney with The Alvarez Firm, which has law offices in Calabasas, Camarillo, Westlake Village, Seal Beach and Irvine, California. A nationally ranked trial attorney with more than 36 years of total legal experience, Mr. Shaneyfelt focuses his practice primarily on insurance law, and he represents individual policyholders as well as public and private businesses throughout Los Angeles and surrounding areas of Southern California who seek their rightful insurance policy benefits.

    Throughout the course of his legal career, Mr. Shaneyfelt has represented clients in both defense and indemnity of a wide range of issues, including employment practice liability cases, director and officer liability, professional malpractice, accidental death insurance claims, and other insurance-related matters. In addition, he has handled coverage of wage and hour class actions along with numerous other complex civil litigation matters involving contract disputes, unfair competition, fair housing issues and more.

    No matter the issues his clients are facing or the complexity or scope of their claims, Mr. Shaneyfelt maintains an unwavering focus on protecting his clients' rights, preserving their entitlements and helping them achieve the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve efficiently and cost-effectively. Honored for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding service, he has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with other consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers, and he has received "Superb" 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo.

    A recognized leader in his field, Mr. Shaneyfelt has conducted numerous lectures and continuing legal education seminars across the country on a variety of topics related to insurance coverage and insurance law. He is also a prolific author who has published numerous articles in various trade journals, and he helped author the Corporate Policyholders' 50-State Guide: The Right to Independent Counsel, which has become an invaluable reference for in-house counsel dealing with serious legal disputes in which the insurance companies select the attorneys.

    A 1981 graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, Mr. Shaneyfelt obtained his Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law in 1984. While there, he served as senior editor of the school's Law Review.

    Mr. Shaneyfelt holds his license to practice in Illinois, Oregon and California, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for 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; and the District of Hawaii. He also practices before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th and 9th Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    *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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
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    • 100%Insurance Coverage
    Focus Areas

    Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

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    Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021

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  • Insurance Bad Faith - Strategies for Pursuing or Avoiding Claims (2015) - Summarizes strategies for pursuing (or avoiding) bad faith claims against insurance companies

  • About David Shaneyfelt

    Admitted: 2005, California

    Professional Webpage: https://alvarezfirm.com/dshaneyfelt.php

    Honors/Awards:

    • Regional publication award., Top Lawyers of Southern California, Los Angeles Magazine, 2019
    • Regional publication award, Top Lawyers of Southern California, Los Angeles Magazine, 2020
    • Highest possible peer rating, 5.0 out of 5.0., AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell, 2014
    • Top Lawyers of Southern California 2018, Los Angeles Magazine, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Los Angeles Bar Association, 2019
    • Moderator, Ventura Chapter of The Esquire Network, a lawyer's professional networking association, 2019
    • Ventura County Bar Association, 2019

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Attorney Coach for local area high school mock trial team., 2020
    • Counsel for Heritage Valley Youth Track & Field Club
    • Counsel for Ventura County Fire Safe Council, 2020
    • Counsel for Santa Paula Cardinals Youth Football League

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Addressed current state of cases and issues related to insurance coverage for business losses due to Covid-19., Presenter/Panelist, Covid-19 and Business Interruption Coverage - Teleconference Update, Bridgeport Continuing Education, 2020
    • Advises on legal issues and strategies for recovery of business interruption claims due to Covid-19 virus, Speaker, Business Interruption Insurance And Covid-19 , Bridgeport Continuing Education, General Business, 2020
    • Addressed strategies and options in obtaining insurance coverage for wage and hour class action claims., Speaker, Insurance Coverage Issues for Wage and Hour Class Actions, 2018 Wage & Hour Litigation and Management Conference – Los Angeles, Bridgeport Continuing Education , 2018
    • Advises on general law of business interruption insurance for closures by order of civil authority, Author, Potential Business Interruption Coverage for Covid-19: Shutdown By Civil Authority , Ventura County Bar Association, General Business, 2020
    • Reflections on role of religious faith and professional practice., Author, Confessions of a Catholic Litigator, University of St. Thomas Law Review (forthcoming), 2020
    • Addressed strategies and analysis for recovery of insurance benefits under wage and hour class actions., Speaker, Insurance Coverage for Wage and Hour Class Actions, 2019 Wage & Hour Litigation and Management Conference – Los Angeles, Bridgeport Continuing Education, General Employment , 2019
    • Presented continuing legal education course on strategies in addressing an insurer's reservation of rights, The Reservation of Rights Letter: Respond To The Threat Of Denied Coverage, National Constitution Conferences, 2016
    • Co-author of 50-state compendium of an insured's right to independent counsel, Corporate Policyholders' 50-State Guide: The Right To Independent Counsel, Anderson Kill Wood Bender, 2009
    • Author of article that addresses insurance coverage issues in relation to cyber insurance claims, Cyber Insurance: What Your Corporate Client Needs To Know, Citations, Ventura County Bar Association, 2015
    • Author of article that advises corporate policyholders on when to expect insurance disputes with its insurance company and steps to take in response, Signs Your Insurance Company Is Leaving You Twisting In The Wind, Anderson Kill Policyholder Advisor, New York, NY, Insurance Coverage, 2013
    • Author of article that discusses coverage issues regarding mortgage repurchase demands., Author, Mortgage Lenders’ Next Crisis: Insurers’ Denials of Repurchase Demands, DSNews.com, Insurance Coverage, 2012
    • Author of article that addresses insurance coverage issues arising in relation to wage and hour class action lawsuits, Finding Coverage for Wage and Hour Class Actions: Better to Split Hairs, Than Pull Them, Enforce: The Insurance Policy Enforcement Journal, Insurance, 2011
    • Author of article that advises on strategies in response to an insurance company's reservation of rights letter, 10 Tips for When You Receive a Reservation of Rights Letter, Risk Management Magazine, Insurance Coverage, 2010
    • Author of article that advises on strategies in responding to an insurance company's reservation of rights letter, Why a Reservation of Rights Letter Is a Reservation for Trouble, John Liner Review, Insurance Coverage, 2010
    • Author of article that advises insurance policyholders on strategies in responding to an insurance company's reservation of rights letter, 'So, You Might Not Accept Defense Of Our Claim?' Using The Reservation Of Rights Letter To Your Advantage, Corporate Counsel Magazine, Insurance Coverage, 2009
    • Presented continuing legal education webinar on strategies in response to an insurance company's reservation of rights letter, Reservation of Rights Letter: Respond to the Threat of Denied Coverage, National Constitution Conferences, Live CLE Webinars, Insurance Coverage, 2011
    • Presented continuing legal education webinar on issues arising under Certificates of Insurance, Certificates of Insurance: Critical Coverage Issues You Need to Know, National Constitution Conferences, Life CLE Webinar, Insurance Coverage, 2011
    • Presented lecture to risk managers on what to expect in insurance coverage disputes and best strategies for resolving claims, Ten Tips for Getting Claims Paid, Risk Insurance Managers Society, Utah Chapter, Insurance Coverage, 2014
    • Presented program to risk managers to advise on best practices in resolving insurance coverage disputes, Claims Handling - How to Get Claims Paid During Difficult Economic Times, Risk Insurance Managers Society, Orange County Chapter, Insurance Coverage, 2010
    • Presented program to hospitality industry practitioners on best practices for recovering insurance policy benefits, Hospitality Industry Insurance Litigation Update - 2009, Annual Hospitality Law Conference, Hospitality Insurance, 2010
    • Presented program to corporate counsel on best strategies for resolving insurance coverage disputes, Meet Your Counterpart: The Lawyer You Didn't Think You Needed - An Insurance Discussion, Association of Corporate Counsel San Diego, Insurance Coverage, 2009
    • Presented program to construction industry risk managers on best practices for recovery of insurance benefits, Protecting Your Coverage Rights After A Claim, Insurance Risk Management Institute, 27th Annual Construction Risk Conference, Insurance Coverage/Construction Law, 2007
    • Presented Continuing Legal Education course to corporate counsel addressing insurance coverage strategies for attorneys representing policyholders, What Every Lawyer Needs To Know About Insurance Coverage, Kansas City Missouri Bar Association - Association of Corporate Counsel, KCMBA-ACC, 2015
    • Appeared on panel presentation for a continuing legal education webinar and was co-author of an accompanying white paper that addresses strategies involved in pursuing (or avoiding) bad faith claims against insurance companies, Insurance Bad Faith - Strategies for Pursuing or Avoiding Claims, American Law Institute, 2015
    • Author of article that advises on problems and risks involved in mis-using Certificates of Insurance, Avoiding Headaches With Certificates of Insurance, Risk Management Magazine, 2014
    • Author of article that addresses how insurance coverage issues pose unique problems for priests wrongly accused of misconduct, Sacrificing Priests On The Altar Of Insurance, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, 2015
    • Author of article that addresses the circumstances in which an insurance policyholder has a right to independent counsel (Part II), When Your Insurer Must Provide You A Second Attorney, Enforce, The Insurance Policy Enforcement Journal, 2008
    • Author of article that addresses the circumstances in which an insurance policyholder has a right to independent counsel (Part I), Author, When Your Insurer Must Provide You A Second Attorney, Enforce, The Insurance Policy Enforcement Journal, 2007
    • Presented continuing legal education webinar on strategies involved in sending and responding to an insurance company's reservation of rights letter, Reservation of Rights Letters: Issues To Consider When Coverage Is In Question, American Law Institute, 2017
    • Author of article that addresses potential claims a company may have against its worker's compensation insurance company for negligent administration of worker's compensation claims under large deductible insurance policies, Claims Against The Claims Handlers Under Large Deductible Workers' Compensation Insurance Policies, The State Bar of California, Business Law News, 2017
    • Presented continuing legal education webinar on strategies and risks in responding to an insurer's reservation of rights., Presenter, Responding to ROR Letters: Retain Coverage For Your Client, National Constitution Center, 2018
    • Presented continuing legal education course on strategies for getting insurance claims paid, Presenter, Getting Insurance Claims Paid: What Every Lawyer Needs To Know, Women Lawyers of Ventura County, 2016
    • Presented webinar on insurance coverage issues in wage and hour class action litigation, Presenter, Bridgeport CE, 2018
    • Author of article that addresses case pending before the California Supreme Court on whether a claim for negligent supervision of an employee may constitute an "occurrence" under a general liability insurance policy, Are Negligent Supervision Claims 'Occurrences'?,, Law360, 2016
    • Author of article that addresses potential liability of Catholic Church in publishing names of individuals who have been merely accused of wrongdoing, When The Church Defames Its Priests, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, 2017
    • Presented continuing legal education webinar on potential liabilities for misusing a Certificates of Insurance", Certificates of Insurance: Keys to Reduce Risk & Protect Your Client, National Constitution Conferences, 2017
    • Presented continuing legal education course on insurance coverage issues involved in wage and hour class actions, Insurance Coverage Issues For Wage And Hour Class Actions, Bridgeport Continuing Education, 2016

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Obtained settlement for plaintiff drug absue treatment center in Dedicato Treatment Center, Inc. v. Blue Cross and Blue Shiled of Florida, Inc., No. 2:19-cv-06132-PSG-JPR (C.D. Cal.), 2019
    • Obtained settlement for plaintiff homeowner in Godin v. Integon National Insurance Company, No. 19TRCV00925 (Los Angeles Superior Court)., 2020
    • Obtained settlement for plaintiff trucking company in suit for insurance recovery for loss of truck in L. Pulido Transport v. Paramount General Agency, No. 20 NWCV00185 (Los Angeles Superior Court) , 2020
    • Obtained settlement for medical transportation company in DeOliveira v. Mendez Transport, LLC, No. 56-2016-00483841-CV-PO-Vta (Ventura Superior Court), 2020
    • Obtained settlement for plaintiff homeowner in Tilem v. Travelers Commercial Insurance Company, No. 2:17-cv-06904 (U.S. Dist. Ct. C.D. Cal.), 2018
    • Obtained jury verdict for plaintiff in Big Bear Enterprises, LLC v. Western Heritage Ins. Co., No. CIVDS1413192 (San Bernardino Superior Court), 2019
    • Obtained settlement for plaintiff drug abuse treatment center in Dedicato Treatment Center, Inc. v. Blue Cross of California, No. EC 066785 (Los Angeles Superior Court), 2019
    • Obtained settlement for family-owned convention center in suit against contractor arising out of insurance coverage claim in Action Response Team, Inc. v. Big Bear Enterprises, LLC, No. CIVDS 1413192 (San Bernardino Sup. Ct.), 2017
    • Obtained settlement for plaintiff drug abuse treatment center in Dedicato Treatment Center, Inc. v. Cigna Life and Health Ins. Co., No. 2:17-cv-04805 (U.S. Dist. Ct. C.D. Cal.), 2018
    • Obtained settlement for plaintiff in fraudulent investment suit in Ketelhut v. Copeland, No. CV-14-9074-FMO-SH (C.D. Cal.), 2015
    • Obtained settlement for physician in Bernhoft v. Reassure America Life Ins. Co., No. CV 13-03322 PA (C.D. Cal.), a suit regarding benefits under a professional disability insurance policy., 2014
    • Obtained settlement for plaintiff in Classic Distributing and Beverage Co. v. Travelers Ins. Co., No. CV11-07075 (C.D. Cal.), following favorable published opinion at 2012 WL 3860597 (Aug. 29, 2012), a suit for insurance benefits in relation to a wage and hour class action., 2012
    • Obtained settlement for homeowner in suit against insurance company for benefits due under a homeowner's insurance policy for extensive water damage in Castaneda v. Mid-Century Insurance Co., No. BC558658 (Los Angeles Superior Court), 2016
    • Obtained settlement for substance abuse treatment clinic in suit against health insurance provider in Dedicato Treatment Center, Inc. v. Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co., No. 17-cv-04085 (C.D. Cal.), 2018
    • Obtained settlement for warehouse distribution center in suit against its insurance company and insurance broker for policy benefits arising from a class action lawsuit in Phoenix Holding Group, LLC v. Greenwich Insurance Co., No. 2:15-cv-01583 (C.D. Cal.), 2016
    • Obtained settlement for homeowner in suit against insurance company for recovery of damages to home following major rainstorm in Tilem v. Travelers Commercial Insurance Company, No. 2:17-cv-06904-RSWL-AS (C.D. Cal.), 2018
    • Obtained settlement for film production company in malpractice suit against insurance broker in New Monarchy, Inc. v. New Empire Entertainment Ins. Services, No. EC 062840 (Los Angeles Superior Court)., 2016
    • Obtained settlement for real estate development company in United States Real Estate Corporation v. USAA Real Estate Company, No. 10-CV-05561 (C.D. Cal.), a suit for breach of contract regarding development of Federal properties., 2012
    • Obtained settlement for car dealer in suit against insurance company for policy benefits in Brat Motors v. Western Heritage Insurance Co., No. 2:17-cv-00680-JFW (C.D. Cal)., 2017
    • Obtained settlement for audiovisual company in breach of contract suit for services at resort hotel in 721 Industries, LLC v. Five-Star Audiovisual, No. 16cv01923 (Santa Barbara Superior Court), 2017
    • Obtained settlement for drug abuse treatment clinic in suit against insurance company for policy benefits in Ridgeview Drive Ranch, LLC v. Scottsdale Insurance Co., No. 16-cv-00632-SJO-JEM (C.D. Cal.)., 2016
    • Obtained settlement for food supply company in suit by vendor in Ventura Foods, LLC v. Marian Foods, LLC, No. 8:15cv-01693 (C.D. Cal.), 2017
    • Obtained settlement for defendant-crosscomplainant in Zurich American Insurance Co. v. Matchmaster Dyeing and Finishing, Inc., No. 2:15-cv-00080-GW-PJW (C.D. Cal.), a case challenging Zurich's handling of large deductible workers compensation claims., 2016
    • Obtained settlement for plaintiff school district in Santa Paula Elementary School District v. Ventura County Schools Self-Funding Authority, No. 56-2011-00393476-CU-BC-VTA (Ventura Co. Superior Ct.), a suit regarding insurance benefits under a joint powers agency agreement., 2013
    • Obtained settlement for defendant in Those Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London v. FBC Mortgage LLC, Inc., No. 6:10-Cv-1232-Orl-22-DAB (M.D. Fla.), a suit for insurance benefits in relation to mortgage repurchase demands., 2011
    • Obtained trial defense verdict for hospitality services company in suit by investor for lost escrow proceeds in Sam Goldenfeather, LLC v. Amazing Hospitality Group, LLC, No. 37-2014-00000996-CU-CTL (San Diego Superior Court), 2017

    Representative Clients:

    • Representing homeowners who lost homes in the Woolsey Fire in claims against insurance companies and insurance brokers for underinsurance., 2020
    • Representing wide variety of business owners regarding business interruption insurance claims from the Covid-19 virus, 2020
    • Representing high-end restaurants and facilities in business interruption insurance claims arising from the Covid-19 virus, 2020
    • Represented high profile celebrities in first-party and third-party insurance claims , 2019
    • Represented commercial property owners in first-party and third-party insurance claims , 2020
    • Represented attorneys under professional liability insurance policies, 2020
    • Represented medical professionals in professional disability claims, 2019
    • Represented large commercial entities in third-party insurance claims against their insurance companies., 2019
    • Represented high-end homeowners in claims against insurance companies arising out of the Woolsey Fire, 2020
    • Represented high-end homeowners in claims against insurance companies arising out of the Thomas Fire, 2020
    • Represented high-end homeowners in first-party claims against homeowner insurance companies for home damage., 2019
    • Represented large non-profit membership association in third-party coverage claims against its insurance company., 2018
    • Assisted homeowners in fire insurance claims arising out of the Thomas Fire., 2018
    • Assisted homeowners in fire insurance claims arising out of the Woolsey Fire., 2019
    • Assisted regional trade association in providing insurance coverage advice to member organizations., 2019

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Group Moderator, The Esquire Network, a regional networking group for attorneys., 2019

    Educational Background:

    • B.A. in Classic Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College, 1981

    Industry Groups

    • Insurance
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    Office Location for David A. Shaneyfelt

    24005 Ventura Blvd.
    Calabasas, CA 91302

    Phone: 818-805-2518

    Fax: 818-224-1380

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