David Shaiken

David Shaiken

Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC

Recognized since 2014

West Hartford, Connecticut

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

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David Shaiken offers over 30 years of experience representing clients in a wide range of industries, with a focus on creditors’ rights, commercial bankruptcy, fraudulent transfer and commercial litigation, business dissolution, arbitration and mediation.

In addition, David has served for more than 15 years as a commercial arbitrator and mediator, and is a member of the Register of Voluntary Mediators at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut, Hartford Division. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators.

David has been recognized by his peers with the coveted AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and listings in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers (Connecticut and New England).

He earned his J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1987. Following a two-year clerkship with a federal bankruptcy judge, David Shaiken entered private practice in 1989. David teaches continuing education classes on current developments in the law, and publishes articles on various legal topics.

David’s clients include businesses, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives and professionals. All appreciate the personal service, thoroughness, and attention to detail he delivers.

He has held leadership positions in the Connecticut Bar Association. Most notably he is a past chairman and a 30-year member of the CBA’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, and was the first chairman of the CBA’s Small Firm Practice Management Section.

David is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


  • Corporate Center West, Suite 319
    433 South Main Street
    West Hartford, CT 06110


  • Swarthmore College, BA, graduated 1982

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation

"David Shaiken represented our firms and principals in a complicated, real estate workout. He quickly grasped the inter-relationship of the companies and principals, defined the legal issues, and achieved an outcome that exceeded our expectations. In our experience, David's knowledge of his practice area is encyclopedic and his ability to negotiate a favorable outcome for his client in difficult circumstances is astonishing. We recommended David to a number of our professional peers, and to other law firms with which we do business that do not possess David's skill set. I don't believe we could have found a better attorney or gotten a better result."

"I've dealt with a good number of attorneys throughout my 30 year professional career and David Shaiken is one of the best. He was extremely responsive and gave good advice that was truly in my best interest. He represented me in a very complicated and at times bizarre case and navigated the complexities and oddities in an astute and economic manner. I strongly recommend David."

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