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The insurance dispute lawyers at McDermott Law, LLC are dedicated to aggressively representing the rights of individuals with short and long-term disability, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D), Colorado PERA and other insurance denials and bad faith claims. The attorneys and staff at our firm possess a particular specialty in handling disability and life insurance claims governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) or those filed under the Colorado PERA (Public Employee’s Retirement Association) disability program. The disability attorneys at the firm have over 30 years of combined legal experience ready to be put to work on your behalf. We are committed to building for each of our clients the strongest possible claim and will work relentlessly to help them secure the benefits and compensation they need and deserve.

Our extensive knowledge of the law, litigation experience and dedication to our clients result in our ability to effectively handle, negotiate or litigate insurance dispute claims at every stage of the legal process. When working with our respected legal professionals, you can rest assured that you are getting the best possible representation for your claim and that you have the best chances of resolving your case as beneficially and efficiently as possible.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Individual Disability Insurance
  • ERISA Claims and Appeals
  • Insurance Disputes and Insurance Bad Faith Claims
  • Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Group Long-Term Disability Claims
  • PERA Disability Claims
  • Long-Term Care Insurance

Call the McDermott Law, LLC today at 720-943-9133 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Shawn E. McDermott

Shawn E. McDermott is the owner/manager of the firm specializing in the areas of insurance recovery and bad faith, ERISA, Colorado PERA, disability and life insurance, personal injury, and wrongful death.

Shawn is a 1992 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. He also received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering in 1988 from the University of Colorado. His first year of law school was spent at the University of San Francisco.

While in law school, Shawn was a member of the Rothgerber Moot Court winning team and received the Austin W. Scott, Jr. Award for Excellence in Oral Argument.

Prior to forming McDermott Law in 1996, Shawn spent approximately five years at the law firm of Breit, Best Richman and Bosch representing individuals and insurance companies and their insureds in a variety of claims, including insurance coverage and bad faith, aviation cases, automobile crashworthiness, railroad crossing injury, professional (medical and legal) liability, products liability, skier and ski area liability, catastrophic injury and wrongful death. He now dedicates the bulk of his time and this firm’s resources to representing individuals against insurance companies in the areas of disability, life, health and accidental death & dismemberment claims, ERISA-governed claims for employee benefits, PERA disability retirement claims, and serious personal injury matters.

Shawn has litigated hundreds of ERISA and non-ERISA disability and life insurance claims in the Colorado and in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Shawn’s federal court experience is significant in the ERISA arena, likely having handled more of these claims than any other Colorado attorney. Shawn has appeared before virtually all of the United States District Court Judges and Magistrate Judges. He has also argued in front of the Colorado Court of Appeals and the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.


  • Colorado State
  • Federal courts, including the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)

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