David T. Shuey

Mr. Shuey joined the firm in 1992 and became a shareholder in 2001. Mr. Shuey concentrates his practice in insurance defense litigation. His emphasis is in construction defect and injury matters, professional negligence, government entity defense, products liability, toxic tort defense and general trial practice. He has represented developers, general contractors and specialty subcontractors in all aspects of commercial and residential construction related litigation, including construction defects, catastrophic injury, contract disputes, delay claims and subrogation actions. Mr. Shuey’s professional liability practice includes the defense of malpractice claims against a variety of professionals including insurance agents, physicians, health care providers, hospitals and other health care facilities, attorneys, construction design professionals and real estate professions. Mr. Shuey has represented government entities in state and federal litigation, including police misconduct and civil rights issues. He gained significant trial experience representing defendants in, among others, asbestos and toxic tort litigation.

In addition to his over 20 years of litigation on behalf of his clients, Mr. Shuey has served and continues to serve as a City Councilmember and two time Mayor of his hometown of Clayton, California since 2002. Mr. Shuey believes this experience has significantly helped him understand and address the needs of his clients in litigation.

Selected Representation
Large Commercial General Contractor defendant in construction defect action based on building of large upscale hotel in Sacramento, California. Claimed damages of over $27,000,000 settled for $13,000,000 with NO liability payment on behalf of General Contractor.


Surgeon defendant in medical malpractice action alleging negligent malpractice during surgery causing permanent loss of use of legs. Tried to defense verdict in Alameda County.


Large Commercial General Contractor defendant in catastrophic construction injury case (one wrongful death, two catastrophic injuries including permanent brain injury and disability). Successfully resolved to clients satisfaction.


Large San Francisco Hospital defendant in lung cancer asbestos/toxic tort matter claiming premises
liability. Tried to defense verdict following four month trial.


Large Lumber Company defendant in Humboldt County matter alleging forest logging operations causing flooding to 60 downstream residents. Demand of $65,000,000 settled for $3,000,000 with $700,000 paid on behalf of client to their satisfaction.


Large East Bay Hospital defendant mesothelioma asbestos/toxic tort matter claiming premises
liability. Trial Demand of $7,000,000 to $11,000,000 resolved for $20,000 following four month
trial and hung jury.


Large multi-national building products manufacturer in significant and numerous multi-million
construction and product defect litigation throughout California. Successfully defended product
and proved to industry that product was not defective resulting in no more lawsuits and a very
happy client.


Numerous general and sub-contractor defendants in construction defect litigation throughout Bay Area and Sacramento Area.


Large East Bay City defendant in numerous federal 1983 civil rights actions.

B.A., Stanford University, 1989, Political Science
J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1992
Activities: National Trial Team

California Bar Association
Alameda County Bar Association

Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California

State of California, all Superior Courts and Appellate Courts
United States District Court, Northern District of California

United States District Court & Bankruptcy Courts, Eastern District of California

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Community Service
In addition to his 10 years of city service, Mr. Shuey served as Founder and as member of Steering Committee of the successful conversion of Clayton Valley High School to a charter school in 2011. He is an active member of his city’s local chamber of commerce and charitable organization. He has been a manager, coach and Board Member for his children’s baseball, basketball and soccer programs for over 10 years.

Mr. Shuey and his wife Shelly have two natural children and three adopted children (two from China and one from Ukraine)