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David Shaneyfelt

David Shaneyfelt Opus Bono Sacerdotii AdvisorConcentration: National insurance policy enforcement, faith-based institutions
Admissions: Illinois, Oregon (inactive), California (in process of admission) 
Memberships: National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys
Education: J.D., Willamette College of Law, 1984; B.A., Thomas Aquinas College, 1981. 

Practice Details

David A. Shaneyfelt is an associate at Wood & Bender LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms specializing in insurance policy enforcement.  He is a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., with extensive background in complex civil litigation.  His area of focus is faith-based institutions.

Background and Accomplishments

At the Department of Justice, Shaneyfelt assisted in implementing the Federal civilian drug testing program covering more than one million employees throughout the Federal workforce, including at the FBI, DEA, Bureau of Prisons, Secret Service, and Treasury Department.  He also assisted in the successful defense to the numerous Constitutional challenges brought against that program.  He also handled litigation involving the wind-up of lengthy Title VII class action suits against both the Department of Agriculture and the Small Business Administration.    

He left Washington, D.C., to engage in private practice in Chicago, where he was involved in a wide-array of complex state and Federal litigation, including employment law, and at the trial and appellate levels.  In 1997, he joined his alma mater, Thomas Aquinas College, where he was engaged in development work for a comprehensive campaign and where he worked as in-house counsel, responsible for such matters as Federal regulatory compliance, employee benefits and employment law, student records and disciplinary matters, implementation of ex corde ecclesiae, and other matters specific to a faith-based institution. 

He has practiced before the Northern District of California, Western District of Washington, Southern District of Mississippi, District of Hawaii, Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal, U.S. Supreme Court.  He is an active member of the Illinois bar, an inactive member of the Oregon bar, and is awaiting admission to the California bar.


Shaneyfelt obtained his B.A. from Thomas Aquinas College in 1981, and his J.D. from Willamette College of Law in 1984, where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review.

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