David S. Shughart

Attorney David Shughart

Phoenix, Arizona
Phone: 602-957-0516
Fax: 602-285-1516
Email: dshughart@bmsslaw.com

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

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 more than twenty years of practice, Mr. Shughart has successfully tried more than 20 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 cases in the Arizona Court of Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Shughart holds a preeminent-AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell national registry of preeminent lawyers, and has been consistently listed annually in Best Lawyers In America, Super Lawyers, and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. He is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a specialist in injury and wrongful death.

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

  • 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
  • Greenberg v. Krizak, Maricopa County CV 02-004820
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers’ Association (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-present)
  • Board Member, Solid Rock Foundation (2000-2010)

Presentations and Publications

  • Panel Member, “Damron Panel,” Insurance Law Institute 2016, State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education
  • 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, “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
  • Super Lawyers
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
  • AV-rated, Martindale Hubbell
  • Board Certified in Injury and Wrongful Death

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

Community Associations

  • Board Member, Solid Rock Foundation
  • Board Member, Chaparral High School Softball Diamondbackers (2013-2015)
  • Board Member, North Scottsdale Little League (2006-2011)
  • Board Member, Northeast Pop Warner and AYF (2006-2012)
  • Pi Kappa Alpha Social Fraternity (1986-1990)
  • Varsity Football- Arizona State University (1986-1988)