David L. Shain

Of Counsel

David Shain’s practice focuses on personal injury litigation and criminal defense. Following his 1978 graduation from the Georgetown University Law Center, David served as legal counsel to the deputy minority leader of the New York State Senate. Following that stint, David worked for five years as a public defender with the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn.

David came to Ferguson Case Orr Paterson in 1998 after many years in practice in Los Angeles and then with his own local firm. Over his over 40 year career, David has tried scores of cases. In his personal injury practice, he has obtained judgments and settlements for his clients totaling millions of dollars. In his criminal practice, David has resolved hundreds of matters, both through trial and skillful plea negotiation.

Recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as a “Super Lawyer,” David has long been committed to efforts to provide pro bono services to those who cannot afford representation. In 1996, while president of the Ventura County Bar Association, he spearheaded the founding of the Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Service Program (now known as Ventura Legal Aid), and then served as the chairperson of the oversight committee for twenty years. For the past three decades, he has volunteered at the Conejo Free Clinic, providing legal consultations. David was the recipient of the Bar Association’s 2014 Ben E. Nordman Public Service award in recognition of his commitment to pro bono legal services. He previously received the President’s Pro Bono Award from the State Bar of California.

David is also a past president of the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California. He currently serves on the Ventura County Judicial Evaluations Committee. Outside of the law, David has served the community by helping to found the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara and as the current President of the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation.

David enjoys traveling, reading, playing tennis, and spending time with his wife, Paula, and adult daughter, Sarah and her fiancé, Arie.

Representative Verdicts and Settlements

  • $20 million to rape victim.
  • $2 million to client burned by defective product.
  • $1.9 million to client injured in auto accident.
  • $1.5 million to client injured in auto accident.
  • $1 million to family of young woman in wrongful death matter arising from negligence on military base.
  • $1 million to train crash victim.
  • $1 million to client injured in auto accident.
  • $1 million to family of murdered teen.
  • $275,000 to client suffering severe allergic reaction following exposure to a cleaning product.

Practice Groups

Bar and Professional

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York
  • District of Columbia (Retired)
  • Ventura County Bar Association (Past President)
  • Ventura County Bar Association Pro Bono Committee (Former Chair)
  • Ventura County Bar Association Judicial Evaluations Committee
  • Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association (Former Board of Directors, Former President)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (Member)


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1978
  • B.A., State University of New York at Albany, Political Science, 1974


  • Wellness Community Valley/Ventura (Co-Founder)
  • Conejo Valley Free Clinic, Legal Volunteer (Former Board President)
  • Thousand Oaks Library Foundation (Current President)
  • Habitat for Humanity, Ventura County (Volunteer)
  • Temple Adat Elohim of Thousand Oaks (Member)
  • Former local TV legal affairs commentator


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