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David S. Shughart

Phoenix, Arizona
Phone: 602-957-0516
Fax: 602-285-1516
Email: [email protected]

David S. Shughart specializes in the areas of personal injury and insurance litigation. He primarily represents injured individuals and insurance policyholders.

Mr. Shughart became a partner in the law firm of Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart, PC in 2013. From 2000 to 2012, Mr. Shughart had his own firm, David S. Shughart P.C., and primarily handled personal injury and insurance-related cases. Prior to that, from 1993 to 2000, he was a partner at a Phoenix law firm representing civil defendants and insurance companies.

Throughout his 30 years of practice, Mr. Shughart has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict and arbitrated hundreds of others in the areas of insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, products liability, and medical malpractice. He has argued many cases in the Arizona Court of Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Shughart is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Society of Barristers. He holds an AV Preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell national registry of preeminent lawyers and has been listed annually for several consecutive years in Best Lawyers In AmericaSouthwest Super Lawyers, and Arizona's Finest Lawyers. He is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a specialist in injury and wrongful death. Mr. Shughart has also been an adjunct professor teaching Advanced Trial Practice at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law since 2017.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Motor Vehicle Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability

Trials and Published Opinions

  • Adams v. Surgical Specialty Hospital of Az., Maricopa County CV 13-009939
  • Armenta v. Paskey, Maricopa County, CV 99-020900
  • Bass v. GEICO, Maricopa County CV 05-000656
  • Becker v. CSR Trucking Co., Clark County, Nevada No, CV A418464
  • Booth v. Farmers, Maricopa County, Maricopa County CV 02-023593
  • Brown v. Salt River Project, Maricopa County CV 99-12510
  • Brown v. Anthony Crane, Maricopa County CV 94-01460
  • Collar v. State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co., Maricopa County CV 12-050769
  • Demetrulias v. Walmart Stores, Inc, F. Supp. 2d, 2013 WL 135273
  • Evans v. CVS Caremark Corporation, Maricopa County CV 12-015341
  • Forare v. Sharma, Tri-City Cardiology, CV 17-054022
  • Greenberg v. Krizak, Maricopa County CV 02-004820
  • In re: Edward P. Schaeffer Revocable Trust, Maricopa County PB 99-090689
  • Jones v. Norton's Country Corner, Maricopa County CV 01-017936
  • Kobar v. Novartis Corp, U.S.D.C. (Arizona) No. CV 01-00156
  • Kobar v. Novartis Corp, 378 F. Supp. 2d 1166 (District of Arizona 2005)
  • Mendoza v. McDonald's Corp, Maricopa County CV 00-018376
  • Mendoza v. McDonald's Corp, 222 Ariz. 139, 213 P.3d 288 App. (2009)
  • Norris v. Banner Health, Maricopa County CV 14-013185
  • Petrusek v. Farmers, 193 Ariz. 552, 975 P.2d 142 App. (1998)
  • Pica v. C.R. Clark Trucking, Maricopa County CV 96-08880
  • Pruitt v. Merz, Maricopa County CV 00-091915
  • Ring v. Casper, Maricopa County CV 99-20525
  • Roddy v. County of Maricopa, 184 Ariz. 625, 911 P.2d 631 App. (1996)
  • Shockley v. Taschner, Maricopa County CV 00-018408
  • Schurig v. Farmers, Maricopa County CV 96-14850
  • Simpson v. Morris, Maricopa County CV 02-011103
  • Wilson v. Lifestar Ambulette, Maricopa County CV 06-051265
  • Winn v. Farmers, Maricopa County CV 98-02058
  • Yeager v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No 1 CA-CV 15-0855 (App. 2017)
  • Zilisch v. State Farm, 196 Ariz. 234, 995 P.2d 276 (2000)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona (1993-present)
  • State Bar of Arizona, Fee Arbitration Committee (2009-present)
  • International Society of Barristers (2019-present)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (2014-present)
  • Arizona Association for Justice (2001-present)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (1993-present)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, High School Teaching Program (1993-1996)
  • State Bar of Arizona, Jury Instruction Committee (2014-2022)
  • Board Member, Solid Rock Foundation (2000-2010)
  • University of Arizona College of Law, Adjunct Professor (2017-present)

Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter, "Arizona Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law - Made Simple," National Business Institute, April 14, 2021
  • 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
  • Presenter, "Live Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert Witness," State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education (CLE by the Sea), July 16, 2019
  • Presenter, “Update on Insurance Broker/Professional Negligence Issues,” Eaton and Associates, Insurance Agents and Brokers Conference, April 17, 2019
  • Presenter, “Get in the Game! Compliance and Premises Liability Issues for Special Events,” State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education, February 16, 2018
  • Presenter, “2017 UM/UIM and Insurance Law Update,” AzATLA/AzAJ Seminar, December 14, 2017
  • 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, “Both Sides Now: 2016 UM/UIM and Insurance Law Update,” AzATLA/AzAJ Seminar, December 8, 2016
  • Panel Member, “Damron Panel,” Insurance Law Institute 2016, State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education, February 4, 2016
  • Co-author, Negligence chapter of 2015 Supplement, Arizona Tort Law Handbook
  • Presenter, “2015 UM/UIM Update of Arizona Law,” ABOTA 2015 Annual Seminar
  • Co-author, Negligence Chapter of Arizona Tort Law Handbook
  • Presenter, “Disability Benefits Law Workshop: Your Legal Guide to Social Security, Group/ERISA and Private Disability Insurance,” National Business Institute, October 11,2012
  • Presenter, “Insurance Coverage Litigation,” LawReview CLE, 2012
  • Presenter, “Update on Insurance Broker/Professional Negligence Issues,” Eaton and Associates, Insurance Agents and Brokers Conference, 2009
  • 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, 2007
  • Presenter, “Navigating the Discovery Waters of an Insurance Bad Faith Case,” Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • Presenter, “Defense Perspectives on Insurance Bad Faith,” Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America (since 2014)
  • Super Lawyers (since 2013)
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers (since 2010)
  • AV-rated, Martindale Hubbell (since 2003)
  • Board Certified in Injury and Wrongful Death (since 2015)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1993
  • U. S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1993
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2001


  • University of Arizona College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1993
  • Arizona State University- Barrett's Honors College, B. A. (English), 1990