David M.S. Shaiken

Top rated Bankruptcy attorney in West Hartford, Connecticut

Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC
David M.S. Shaiken
Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC

Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution; view more

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1987

Education: University of Connecticut School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2023

Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC

433 South Main Street
Suite 319
West Hartford, CT 06110 Visit website


Attorney David M.S. Shaiken is a partner with Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC, law firm in West Hartford, Connecticut. A nationally ranked lawyer with more than 30 years of total legal experience, Mr. Shaiken provides unmatched counsel, advocacy and support to a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Hartford metro and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Creditors' rights

· Commercial bankruptcy

· Fraudulent transfers

· Commercial litigation

· Business dissolutions

· Arbitrations and mediation

For the past 20-plus years, Mr. Shaiken has served as an arbitrator and mediator in highly complex commercial disputes, and he has achieved remarkable success helping his clients resolve their conflicts and reach favorable agreements in a manner that is far more cost-effective and efficient than going to trial. 

Fully committed to this part of his practice, Mr. Shaiken is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, and he is a member of the Register of Voluntary Mediators at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut, Hartford Division. In addition, he has served as chair of the Connecticut Bar Association's Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Sections as well as the organization's Small Firm Practice Management Section.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and superior client service, Mr. Shaiken has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America, and he has received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers.

After obtaining his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1987, Mr. Shaiken completed a two-year clerkship with a federal bankruptcy judge before entering private practice. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. He also routinely conducts lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.

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Practice areas

Bankruptcy: Business, Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Estate & Trust Litigation

Focus areas

Arbitration, Bankruptcy Law, Mediation

  • 40% Bankruptcy: Business
  • 40% Business Litigation
  • 10% Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10% Estate & Trust Litigation

First Admitted: 1987, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: https://shipmanlawct.com/our-attorneys/david-shaiken/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • Connecticut
  • Connecticut Bar Association Small Firm Practice Management Section: past Chair; member of Executive Committee; Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section: past Chair; member of Executive Committee; past Chair of Uniform Commercial Code Article 2A Study Subcommittee; past member of Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 Study Subcommittee; ADR Section: member of Executive Committee. American Bankruptcy Institute, past editor of ADR Committee Newsletter. U.S. Bankruptcy Court D. Conn., past member of Local Rules Drafting Committee. Connecticut Law Revision Commission Electronic Communications Drafting Committee, past member.  
  • Super Lawyers, Connecticut and New England, Super Lawyers
  • , Best Lawyers
  • J.D. with honors, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1987
  • AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Educational Background:
  • B.A. Swarthmore College, 1982. Member of American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, Arbitrator I and Arbitrator II Training and annual updates. A 40-hour mediator training certificate, University of Connecticut College of Continuing Studies Labor Education Center
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Arbitration Clauses in Commercial Loan Documents: Supreme Court Invalidates Expanded Scope of Judicial Review Under Federal Arbitration Act, But Leaves Open Possibility of Enforcement Through Other Means, 19 Conn. Lawyer 5 (December 2008/January 2009). Chapter 17A ("Alternative Dispute Resolution") published in H. Ruda, Asset Based Financing (LexisNexis 2008). D. Shaiken and D. Rome, "Arbitration Carve-Out Clauses in Commercial and Consumer Secured Loan Transactions," 61 Dispute Resolution Journal No. 3 (August/October 2006). Bankruptcy: Co-author of Chapter 3 ("Codebtor Stay in Chapters 12 and 13 Cases"), Chapter 8 ("Procedural and Notice Requirements"), and 2.54 to 2.56 ("Domestic Relations Issues") published in M. Shaiken and C. Woolery, Automatic Stay Litigation in Bankruptcy (Wiley 1995). D. McDade and D. Shaiken, "A Review of Recent Developments Under the Bankruptcy Code: The 1991-1992 Supreme Court Term," 3 Conn. Lawyer 2 (October 1992). Uniform Commercial Code: D. Shaiken, "Commercial Law Update," lecture at Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting (June 2011). D. Shaiken and T. Fisher, "1991 Revisions to Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code," 2 Conn. Lawyer 3 (February 1992). R. Sattin, R. Mule, D. Flynn, J. Newton, and D. Shaiken, "A Review of Selected Articles of the Connecticut Uniform Commercial Code," 64 Conn. Bar Journal 173 (Special Issue May 1990). Employment Law: "Connecticut Supreme Court Approves Qualified Privilege for Statements Made In Job References," 28 H.R. Communicator for Central Connecticut No.9 (October 2007) Pending Bills Before General Assembly of Interest to Employers," 28 H.R. Communicator for Central Connecticut No.5 (May 2007). "Employee's Release of Liability for Employer's Negligence Not Enforceable In Connecticut," 27 H.R. Communicator for Central Connecticut No.11 (December 2006). "Supreme Court: Employer Actions Not Solely Related to Terms and Conditions of Employment May Constitute Unlawful Retaliation," 27 H.R. Communicator For Central Connecticut No. 9 (October 2006). "The Basics Of The Law Of Noncompete Agreements," 27 H.R. Communicator For Central Connecticut No. 5 (May 2006). Fiduciaries: D. Shaiken and E. Marks, "Ruling Highlights Fiduciary's Need For Hindsight," 20 Employee Benefit News No. 14 (November 2006). D. Shaiken and B. Taylor, "Trustees Beware: Courts Rule on Duty to Diversify Large Concentrations of Stock," 17 Conn. Lawyer 1 (August/September 2006).
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Lifetime Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation's James W. Cooper Fellows.
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • I enjoy when my law practice provides me with the opportunity to serve as pro bono counsel for arts organizations. I am a former member of the Board of Directors of Voce, Inc. a nonprofit, professional choral group that uses the performing arts to help other nonprofits raise money. I have served as pro bono counsel to a nonprofit art gallery through the Pro Bono Partnership, Inc., and to Friends of WHUS, Inc. I serve as pro bono counsel to Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. These engagements have provided me the opportunity to advise nonprofits on corporate formation, corporate structure, compliance with raffle and fundraising laws, employment law issues, and other corporate law matters. I have taken great pleasure in other volunteer activities as well: Service as a mediator in various federal courts in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Appointment by the Superior Court to serve as an Attorney Arbitrator and Attorney Fact-Finder. Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut, past member of Board, past Chair of Legislative Affairs Committee. Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Tolland County Chamber of Commerce, Lecturer and past member of the Economic Development Committee.
Industry Groups:
  • Distribution
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Service

Office location for David M.S. Shaiken

433 South Main Street
Suite 319
West Hartford, CT 06110

Phone: 860-606-1703


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2023

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