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Shawn E. McDermott - Denver, CO

4600 S. Ulster StreetSuite 800 Denver, CO 80237

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Updated: 11/23/2021

Denver Group Disability and Life Insurance Lawyer


Shawn E. McDermott is an insurance law litigator who primarily serves communities of Denver, Boulder, Aurora, Littleton, Ft. Collins, Greeley, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Durango and the other areas throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. The attorneys and staff at McDermott Law handle a wide variety of disputes with insurance companies involving injury, illness, and disease...

About Shawn E. McDermott

Practice Areas

  • Group Disability and Life Insurance
  • Individual Disability Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Claims
  • Doctor and Dentist Disability Claims
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Colorado PERA Disability
  • ERISA-governed Claims
  • Property Damage (Hail and Fire) Insurance Claims
  • Insurance Bad Faith


  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Founding Attorney/Manager


Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

Other Affiliations

  • Denver Bar Association (Member)
  • Colorado Bar Association (Member)
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • American Association for Justice (Member)


  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado, 1992
    Honors: Rothgerber Moot Court Competition, Winning Team Member
    Honors: Austin W. Scott, Jr. Award for Excellence In Oral Argument
  • University of Colorado, Engineering School, 1988
    B.S., Bachelor of Science
    Major: Architectural Engineering

Past Positions

  • Breit, Best Richman and Bosch

Classes and Seminars

  • Reimbursement & Disability Insurance, presented at ERISA Subrogation Seminar, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, April 18, 2017
  • ERISA Claims: The Top Ten Things to Know About Claims, Appeals and Litigation, presented at Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, May 15, 2015
  • The Impact of HB 1407 on ERISA Health, Life and Disability Claims, presented at HB 1407: Insurance Accountability Act Seminar, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Unreasonable Failure of the Liability Insurer to Defend or Settle: The Consequences, Colorado Insurance Bad Faith Law & Practice Seminar, Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1996
  • Damages in Insurance Bad Faith, Lorman Education Services, 1994
  • Understanding ERISA: A Trail Through the Thorny Woods of Pre-Emption, Exemptions and Exceptions, Lorman Education Services, 1994
  • Work Product Immunity, Attorney-Client Privilege & Peer Review and Quality Assurance Confidentiality, Colorado Healthcare Associated Risk Managers, 1994


Other Sources of Feedback About Shawn E. McDermott

Included on the 2023 Colorado list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Colorado Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Shawn E. McDermott on Super Lawyers


  • Superlawyer 2011 - Present

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Office Information


4600 S. Ulster StreetSuite 800 Denver, CO 80237

Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8am - 5pm



  • C.R.S. § 10-3-1116, ERISA Preemption, and the Standard of Review, Colorado Lawyer, July 2010, Vol. 39, No. 7
  • Group Long-Term Disability Coverage and ERISA, Colorado Lawyer, May 2004, Vol.33, No.5
  • McDermott, S., Employer-Provided Disability Coverage and Offsets for Other Income Benefits: The Necessary Coordination of Benefits, Trial Talk CTLA Magazine, June 2013, Vol.62, Issue 4

Representative Cases

  • Rivera v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, No. 11-cv-02585-WYD-KLM, 2012 WL 2709138 (D.Colo. July 09, 2012)
  • Croll v. Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. (CIGNA), and Lockheed Martin Group Universal Life Plan, an ERISA Welfare Benefit Plan, 863 F.Supp.2d 1093, 2012 WL 1439172, No. 2010-cv-0735-CMA-MEH (D. Colo. April 26, 2012)
  • Bray v. Sun Life and Health Ins. Co. (U.S.), No. 08-cv-02335-RBJ-CBS, 2012 WL 628611 (D.Colo. Feb. 27, 2012)
  • Bottoms v. Liberty Life Assurance of Boston, No. 11–cv–01606–PAB–CBS, 2011 WL 6181423 (D.Colo. Dec. 13, 2011)
  • Bray v. Sun Life and Health Insurance, No. 08-cv-02335-WYD-CBS, 2010 WL 3341521 (D.Colo. Aug. 23, 2010)
  • Kohut v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., No. 08-cv-00669-CMA-MJW, 2008 WL 5246163 (D.Colo. Dec. 16, 2008)
  • State Farm v. American Family and American Standard Ins. Co. and Eliberto Meza, Amelia Meza, Sofi Meza, Irene Meza, Rosalinda Chaparro, Flora Quintana, and Angelita Cordera,Colorado Court of Appeals No.: 06CA2667 (July 3, 2008) (Not Selected for Official Publication)
  • Hoyt v. Prudential Ins. Co. of Am., No. 07-cv-02210-LTB-KLM, 2008 WL 686922 (D.Colo. Mar. 12, 2008)
  • Jeffryes v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co.,No. 05-cv-01770-EWN-CBS, 2006 WL 1186493 (D.Colo. May 4, 2006)
  • McCord v. Affinity Ins. Group,13 P.3d 1224 (Colo. App. 2000) (NO. 99CA2118)
  • Progressive Specialty Ins. Co. v. Hartford Underwriters Ins. Co.,148 P.3d 470 (Colo.App. 2006) October 19, 2006 (No. 05CA1161)
  • Kaferly v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 189 F. Supp.3d 1085, 2016 WL 3197375 (D.Colo. May 31, 2016)

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