David P. Schack is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg’s Los Angeles office where he is a member of the Litigation Department. Mr. Schack focuses his practice on insurance coverage litigation and counseling for policyholders and on commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate-related matters.
In the insurance coverage area, he has helped business and individual policyholders resolve insurance coverage disputes throughout the U.S. through negotiation and litigation and has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients. These complex disputes involve many types of insurance policies, including commercial general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, employment practices liability, first-party property, fidelity/crime, motion picture/television liability, professional liability, aviation, tour/event interruption and cyber risks. In addition, Mr. Schack’s commercial litigation experience includes the representation of commercial property owners, developers, commercial landlords and tenants as well as other complex business litigation.
- Represented oil company in obtaining multi-million payment of defense fees under multiple directors and officers liability policies.
- Represented publicly traded company in health care industry in seven-figure recovery of settlement payment and defense costs in derivative action under general liability and directors and officers policies.
- Represented media company and founder in coverage and fad faith litigation resulting in seven-figure recovery under aviation policy after seizure of private jet by governmental agency.
- Represented publicly traded apparel company in substantial recovery of defense fees and costs in connection with trademark and related claims in the U.S. and Europe under general liability policies.
- Represented publicly traded footwear company in substantial recovery under patent and trademark coverages in connection with litigation in the U.K.
- Represented officers and directors of hospitality company in multi-million recovery under directors and officers liability policy in connection with derivative action.
- Represented publicly traded company in recovery of defense costs and settlement payments in connection with securities class action and derivative action.
- Represented world-renowned musical artists in recoveries under tour interruption policies.
- Represented publicly traded Chinese company in obtaining recovery of substantial defense fees and costs arising from multiple class actions, derivative action and governmental investigations.
- Represented computer leasing company in arbitration resulting in substantial payment under private company D&O policy liability for litigation costs arising from underlying business dispute.
- Represented property owner in substantial recovery under first-party property policy for fire and water damage to premises and contents.
- Represented various companies in obtaining recoveries under fidelity and crime policies for employee embezzlement and other defalcations.
Since 2006, Mr. Schack has been selected for inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers, and he is also listed in Who’s Who in America. He is a regular speaker on complex insurance issues. Mr. Schack is involved in various civic and professional organizations, including the Litigation Section and Insurance Coverage and Corporate Counsel Subsections of the American Bar Association, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the ProVisors Beverly Hills III. He is a member of Construction Compliance Advisory Board for Lorman Education Services, which reviews all programs nationwide for Lorman's Construction Compliance Certification Program.
After earning his B.A. from Stanford University, Mr. Schack earned his J.D. from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law.
Mr. Schack is admitted to practice before the Bar of California, Bar of Idaho, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States District Court for the Central District of California, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and United States District Court for the Northern District of California.