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Shawn E. McDermott

Insurance Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   20 reviews

also known as McDermott Law LLC

  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Shawn

Learn Shawn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Insurance
    lo Long-Term Disability, Life Insurance, Accidental Death and Long-Term Care claims and denials, including ERISA claims. We assist insureds whose claims have been denied. We have handled many insurance claim denials including bad faith claims.

    31 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Employee benefits
    In addition to wages, many employees receive benefits such as health, disability and life insurance. Most such benefit claims are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). Our practice emphasizes representation of individuals whose claims have been denied by the employer or, most often, the insurance company who handled the claim. We can assist with your internal appeal of such claim or pursue litigation if necessary.

    31 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Life insurance

    31 years, 50 cases

  4. Personal injury
    We handle a wide range of personal injury matters, including auto accident claims, motorcylcle accidents, trucking injuries, slip and fall, skiing injuries and wrongful death.

    31 years, 200 cases


I have practiced law in 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.  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 law firms with extensive experience in such matters.  e are also experienced in cases involving PERA Disability Retirement, life insurance, accidental death and disability insurance, long-term care insurance, general insurance denials (bad faith), and general personal injury matters.


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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2012
ERISA Lawsuit
Shawn and his staff was great. I became a bug in their ear with all my questions. Shawn always answered me truthfully, explaining it so I understood and let me make the decision, even if it meant it would lower his pay. I am grateful I found him and I think we even made a new law together... !!! Mary Sue was great, she always made me understand all the legalese she was sending me. I know if I had a question I could call or email her anytime and she would get back to me asap with any answers I had. I would recommend Shawn and his team to anyone!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2011
Very personable and knowledgeable lawyer & staff!
Shawn McDermott and his staff helped me with a successful outcome to my lawsuit. Being involved in a lawsuit is a very time consuming and stressful process.. Shawn and his staff made the process less stressful because they always kept me in the loop, always responded to my inquiries in a timely fashion and made me feel I was part of the team. Shawn is extremely knowledge in LTD/ERISA cases and I would highly recommend Shawn to anyone that is considering a lawsuit against their LTD carrier. He is very passsionate in what he does and it shows! Shawn always told it to me straight, gave me every option and let me decide. He's very easy to talk to and will talk to you in laymen terms. His low key, unassuming, but very professional demenor, made him and his staff a pleasure to work with. Again I would l highly recommend Shawn McDermott to represent you.
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Posted by John | January 11, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
After every other law firm said no to us McDermott law said yes, and took on our long term disability insurance claim. We contacted at least a dozen firms. Sadly, filing for social security was the easy part…dealing with the long term disability insurance company was unbearable. We could not have made it through this nightmare without McDermott law.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2023
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Hire Shawn McDermott!
Having worked in healthcare for over 40 years, I knew I needed an experienced law team in my court when going up against a big insurance company for my health related claim. Mr McDermott and his team were in my corner the whole way to a prompt and favorable outcome.
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Experienced and Knowledgable
McDermott Law was recommended by a professional contact. Mr. McDermott is highly skilled and knowledgeable. His team is professional, caring, and thorough. I recommend this office!
Posted by Tom | March 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Disability Claims
Shawn and Lisa were amazing from my first call to them throughout the entire process. I felt fully prepared for the entire process, understood all the potential ways things could go sideways, and gameplans if they did. Any time I had worries or concerns or questions they were just a phone call or email away to ease my fears, provide me with advice to guide decisions and handle all interactions with the insurance companies. In the end my claims process was successful and large part because of their guidance and hard work. I truly felt they were my partners in this process with my best interest at heart.
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Posted by Peter | September 24, 2022
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I've had Shawn McDermott on my side for for 10 years
I had Mr. McDermott handle my LTD case for me starting in 2012. At time I was devastated but Shawn and his staff pulled me through and won my case against a nasty insurance carrier. The carrier eventually bought out my claim after 10 years but Shawn never failed me and was there every step of the way. I will away recommend McDermott Law.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2018
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Highly Recommended LTD
I hired Shawn McDermott to represent me when an insurance company stopped paying my long term disability. Shawn was helpful, competent, kind, understanding, astute and tenacious. He explained my options well and was fair. With his help and excellent team we reached a mutually agreeable settlement. Highly recommended.
Posted by Mike | January 9, 2018
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Appealing Long Term Disability
Appealing long term disability was a frustrating tiring challenge. I turned to Mr. McDermott and staff for help. They are honest, through, compassionate, and passionate. Always taking the time to explain, listen, and take action. They worked diligently and were successful in getting my benefits with CIGNA awarded. Very pleased and grateful for their service. I would highly recommend McDermott Law.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2018
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ERISA LTD reinstatement
If you have an LTD case and have been terminated and need an attorney to look out for you I strongly recommend Shawn, Mary Sue and Shannon! They successfully appealed the termination of my LTD benefits and continued to work with me as the insurance completed their 24 month review to any occupation. The McDermott team are very communicative, caring and always make themselves available to answer your questions and concerns. I am grateful I have them working with me!
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Posted by Maria | January 5, 2018
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I had filed a short term disability with PERA and UNUM had denied me. I needed someone that was experienced in dealing with them. Mr. McDermott was just that person; he helped me negotiate a reasonable settlement.
Posted by Michael | February 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding STD/LTD specialists!!
My disabilities are extensive and rare. As a part of my disability, I also struggle to relay my thoughts and/or understand situations and conversation making me a tough client to have, or so I thought. I didn't think I'd be able to find an attorney who would be willing to take the extensive amount of extra time and personal care I require. Shawn proved himself to be gentle, caring and kind and truly went to great lengths for my case. I cannot overstate my gratitude. THANK YOU SHAWN
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2016
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Disability review
I've been working with McDermott Law since 2014 on my STD/LTD benefits, and they've done an amazing job. They were successful in getting my benefits awarded and they did it with strong communication with me, well-prepared packages and communication with the insurance company, a superior knowledge of law and my policy, and they did it all while being mindful of my expenditures. I worked mostly with Lisa, and I really appreciate everything she did for me. Overall, it was a very positive experience, and I am still working with them today.
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Posted by Carolyn | June 24, 2014
Shawn Mcdermott is that one-in-a-million lawyer...
I HIGHLY recommend Mr Mcdermott and his team. I am disabled and my LTD company was trying everything to drop me from their coverage. I believe Mr Mcdermott and his team saved me. He was upfront about his experience with the insurance company I was fighting and had even finished a case (successfully) for an individual with the same rare condition I have and the same insurance company I was fighting! He set my expectations realistically by explaining his past experience with this insurance company. I was worried that they would need a lot of involvement from me but they are a well oiled machine. He, the junior attorney and paralegal diligently kept me apprised of everything going on and answered every question I could possibly think of. He is remarkable. He handily won my case and did it with excellent economy of my money. Highly knowledgeable, expedient, experts in ERISA law, outstanding quality of work, excellent use of time/money, kind and always available to the client--these are just a few of his outstanding qualities. During one of the worst experiences of my life, he took control of everything and allowed me to focus on healing while eviscerating the opposing case. A good lawyer is like the lost city of Atlantis. You've heard of it, but doubtful you'd ever find it. Shawn Mcdermott is that lawyer and winning never felt so good.
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Posted by Maggie | October 18, 2012
Excellent Disability Attorney
If you are battling an insurance company, you NEED Shawn McDermott. There is no way for the "little person" to have success against the "Big Insurance Companies" going it alone. Mr. McDermott is a shining star in his field. His knowledge of the laws necessary for fighting insurance companies is outstanding, especially ERISA and a disability claim. Not every attorney has the expertise when it comes to actually knowing much in this area. He is also very personable and cares about his clients. The entire staff at the McDermott Law Firm work together to help you win your case. They are always prompt in answering questions, phone calls and emails. I highly recommend Shawn McDermott, Esq. to anyone needing help in winning a case against an insurance company.
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Posted by Christina | September 27, 2012
Best Legal Representation Available
Shawn McDermott is very knowledgeable about insurance/benefits law. He and his staff are supportive and responsive, and I feel confident that I have the best representation available. His fees are reasonable and he is honest and fair. It's very easy to contact them whenever I have any questions.
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2012
Successful ERISA Litigation
Shawn and Heather represented me in a lengthy and complicated ERISA litigation. Throughout the ordeal, they kept me apprised of the legal process, offered sound advice, listened to my concerns, honored my decisions, and ultimately provided the best possible outcome given the shortcomings of ERISA law. As the "little guy" going up against a big insurance company on an uneven playing field, Shawn and Heather fought for what was right and just. I enthusiastically recommend both Shawn E. McDermott and Heather Petitmermet.
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Posted by Shelly | September 5, 2012
Automobile & Medicare
I am the daughter of my parents who were in an automobile accident that happened almost a year ago. I did research prior to choosing an attorney, but went with my gut and chose Shawn Mcdermott by "word of mouth". I thought it would be hard to choose an attorney from the Denver Metro area when my parents live in the San Luis Valley. I did a "meet & greet" on behalf of my parents and did almost everything by email. I helped handle my parents case because the injuries they sustained which were keeping them from handling any type of communication with the outside world. Thank God I was here to help my parents & kudos to your staff as well Shawn!
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Posted by Cathy | September 4, 2012
ERISA Lawsuit Settlement
Shawn and his staff were always there when I had a question, concern or just flat out was falling apart. Becoming totally disabled is a stressful life transformation and Shawn and his staff were understanding of that and were not only professional, but caring, empathetic and reassuring. He was always truthful helping me understand the legalities so I could make an informed decision. He never tried to sway me and totally supported both my decision and my time frame in doing so. I would highly recommend Shawn McDermott for any type of legal needs of this matter.
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Posted by Dave | January 24, 2011
Disability Litigation
I suffered an accidental fall on July 26th, 2008, and underwent an emergency craniotomy. Because my disability company that was retained by my company felt I could go back to work, they would not pay me dispite what my local Doctors were saying in letters to the company. I had to retain Shawn and because of his hard and professional work, we finally reached a settlement with the disability company in November of 2010. Everybody in his office was professional and very diligent. I would highly recommend him.
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Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Law Office of Shawn E. McDermott
  • 1996 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Breit Bosch Levin & Coppola
  • 1992 - 1996


  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Cherisse Croll v. Connecticut General and LOCKHEED MARTIN GROUP UNIVERSAL LIFE PLAN, 863 F.Supp.2d 1093, 2012 WL 1439172
  • Order of Judgment in favor of client
  • Bray v. Sun Life and Health Ins. Co. (U.S.), No. 08-cv-02335-RBJ-CBS, 2012 WL 628611 (D.Colo. Feb. 27, 2012)
  • Successful result for client on all claims
  • Bottoms v. Liberty Life, No. 11–cv–01606–PAB–CBS, 2011 WL 6181423 (D.Colo. Dec. 13, 2011)
  • successful discovery order compelling Liberty Life to produce certain documents
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  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors (1999-2002)
  • 1992 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Colorado Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Colorado Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer, 2010
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Austin W. Scott, Jr. Award - Best Oral Argument
  • Univ of Colorado
  • 1992
  • Rothgerber Moot Court Competition, Winning Team Member
  • Univ of Colorado
  • 1992
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  • Trial Talk (CO)
  • Employer-Provided Disability Coverage and Offsets for Other Income Benefits: The Necessary Coordination of Benefits
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • HB 1407: Insurance Accountability Act Seminar
  • The Impact of HB 1407 on ERISA Health, Life and Disability Claims
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Endorse Shawn
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is a well respected lawyer in Colorado and represents his clients well. I would not hesitate to refer my family or friends to him."
Insurance Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. McDermott has initiated and defended cases involving personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, bad faith, employee benefits, disability, life and accident insurance claims (involving both ERISA and non-ERISA claims), workers’ compensation, and wrongful death. The emphasis of his practice more than a decade has related almost exclusively to disability and life insurance coverage and bad faith disputes. On numerous occasions over the past 20 plus years, he have acted as lead counsel in state and federal courts litigating benefit claims disputes, arising under ERISA plans, private insurance plans, and the Colorado Public Employee’s Retirement Association (PERA) Disability Retirement Program. At least 90% of his current practice is devoted to disability, life, and accidental death insurance claims disputes. The majority of those claims are governed by ERISA. He has handled hundreds of matters on behalf of ERISA claimants."
Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Shawn. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Insurance Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Insurance Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. McDermott is one of the leading lawyers in Colorado in disability law. His knowledge of disability benefits and law including, ERISA and PERA, is extensive. I highly recommend Shawn McDermott for any dispute involving insurance issues."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Friend
"I fully endorse Shawn McDermott. He is smart, diligent and not afraid to take on the big insurance companies. Shawn has earned a reputation throughout Denver for his exceptional work in disability insurance claims. I recommend Shawn without hesitation."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. McDermott is one of the leading attorneys in Colorado in the field of disability insurance law including ERISA and PERA related claims. I highly recommend his firm for these matters."
Employee benefits Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shawn McDermott is one of the few lawyers in Denver who is very knowledgable about the laws governing employee benefits and the Judges and Migistrates who decide these cases. He is very effective in obtaining employee benefits - especially disability benefits - for his clients. He knows many of the attorneys representing the disability insurance companies. More importantly, they know him and that he is very good at representing persons seeking such benefits. He has educated me on the difficulties faced by someone trying to obtain disability benefits and the importance of retaining a lawyer who works in this area of the law on a daily basis, as he does."
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Denver Insurance Lawyer Shawn E. McDermott
Shawn E. McDermott
Insurance Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 31 years