Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced today that David P. Schack has joined the firm’s Litigation Department as a partner in the Los Angeles office. Previously, Schack was a partner at K&L Gates.
Schack focuses his practice on two primary areas: insurance coverage litigation and counseling for policyholders and 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, Schack’s commercial litigation experience includes the representation of commercial property owners, developers, commercial landlords and tenants as well as other complex business litigation.
“David is a leading California insurance coverage lawyer for policyholders,” said Bill McErlean, chair of Barnes & Thornburg’s Litigation Department. “With David’s arrival, the firm continues to grow its national Policyholder Insurance Recovery and Counseling Group and enhances the firm’s commercial litigation footprint in Los Angeles and nationally. He has an impressive track record inside and outside the courtroom and will be a tremendous asset to our clients facing complex disputes.”
Schack is the latest litigator to join the firm’s Los Angeles office in the past year, having also added appellate attorney Rachel Lerman in April 2014.
David Allen, managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg’s Los Angeles office said, “David is a talented practitioner who brings an impressive trial and counseling skill set to our growing team in Los Angeles.”
Since 2006, Schack has been selected each year for inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers by Los Angeles Magazine. He is a regular speaker on complex insurance issues. 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.
Schack has been admitted to 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. He earned his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law.