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Shawn E. McDermott

About me

I have practiced law in the the Denver, Colorado area since 1992. My office specializes in insurance disputes and personal injury claims.  I operate a small practice where we can offer each of our clients personal attention, expert legal advice, and diligent representation in court.  We offer unique legal experiences in the area of long-term disability — including those claims governed by ERISA as well as individual policies - and are one of the few Colorado attorneys with extensive experience in such matters.  We are also experienced in cases involving PERA Disability Retirement,  life insurance, general insurance denials (bad faith), and general personal injury matters.


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Practice areas


  1. Employee Benefits: 60%
    21 years, 300 cases
  2. Insurance: 15%
    24 years, 300 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    24 years, 200 cases
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
    24 years, 20 cases
  5. Wrongful Death: 5%
    24 years, 20 cases



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (25-35%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Shawn. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
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  • Patricia M Jarzobski

    I endorse this lawyer. Shawn is the go to lawyer in Denver on Plaintiff's insurance disability cases. He knows the law, he has the experience, and he gets great results for his clients.


    Patricia Jarzobski Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Office of Shawn E. McDermott, LLC

2300 15th Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO, 80202


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers2011
Super Lawyer, 2010Super Lawyers Magazine2010
Austin W. Scott, Jr. Award - Best Oral ArgumentUniv of Colorado1992
Rothgerber Moot Court Competition, Winning Team MemberUniv of Colorado1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AttorneyLaw Office of Shawn E. McDermott1996 - Present
Associate AttorneyBreit Bosch Levin & Coppola1992 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors (1999-2002)1992 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1992 - Present
Denver Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
McCord v. Affinity Ins. Group, 13 P.3d 1224 (Colo. App. 2000)Favorable judgment upheld
Meza v. State Farm, Colorado Court of Appeals No.: 06CA2667 (July 3, 2008)Successful - benefits obtained
Jeffryes v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., No. 05-cv-01770-EWN-CBS, 2006 WL 1186493 (D.Colo. May 4, 2006)favorable discovery order
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial Talk (CO)Employer-Provided Disability Coverage and Offsets for Other Income Benefits: The Necessary Coordination of Benefits2013
Colorado Bar Association - The Colorado LawyerC.R.S. § 10-3-1116, ERISA Preemption, and the Standard of Review2010
Colorado Bar Association - The Colorado LawyerGroup Long-Term Disability Coverage and ERISA2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Colorado School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of Colorado - BoulderEngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
HB 1407: Insurance Accountability Act SeminarThe Impact of HB 1407 on ERISA Health, Life and Disability Claims2008