S. David Childers: Lawyer with Kutak Rock LLP

S. David Childers

Scottsdale,  AZ  U.S.A.
Phone(480) 429-4880

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Practice Areas

  • Business and Corporate
  • Insurance
  • Expert Witness and Consultant Services
  • Insurance -- Government Relations
  • Insurance Regulatory Compliance
  • Reinsurance
  • Solvency Matters
  • Alternative and Renewable Energy
  • Government Relations
  • Litigation
  • Business and Class Action Litigation
  • Automotive Finance Litigation
  • Government Disputes
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Management and Supervision
  • Insurance and Indemnity
University Louisiana State University, B.S.E.E., 1969
Law SchoolLouisiana State University Law School, J.D., 1976
Admitted1976, Arizona

Memberships and Affiliations

American Bar Association
Arizona Bar Association
Federation of Regulatory Counsel (Prior President)
Navajo Nation Bar Association (resigned 1990)

Other Distinctions

Super Lawyers 2011-2013

Government Service

United States Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR), 1965-1971

MilitaryUSMCR, 1965-1970
Special AgenciesState of Arizona, Director of Insurance 1984-1987.

Mr. Childers lectures nationally on insurance issues and practices primarily in the area of insurance regulation and insurance legislation. Prior to his entry into private practice, Mr. Childers served as Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance for three and one-half years. While serving in that position, he was actively involved in the leadership of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, serving on its Executive Committee, chairing the Workers' Compensation Task Force and the Accident & Health Committee, and chairing the Western Zone of the NAIC for two years. Mr. Childers has been retained as an expert witness on insurance matters on over 140 occasions and regularly serves as counsel to clients nationwide on complex insurance regulatory matters.

Mr. Childers served on the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services' Task Force on Long-Term Health Care Policies, the Stanford Research Institute Long-Term Care Advisory Board, Governor's Private Sector Task Force on Long Term Care and the University of Arizona College of Business & Public Administration National Board of Advisors. Prior to his appointment as Director of Insurance, Mr. Childers served as Lead Corporate Counsel and subsequently as Manager of the Risk Management Department at Salt River Project.


• Childers, S. David and Jennifer L. Kraham, The Future of Insurance Rescission, FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, Vol. 23, Ed. 3 (Fall 2012).
• Childers, S. David and Christy A. Chism, FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, The Extraordinary Scope and Potential Regulatory Pitfalls of the Insurance Fraud Protection Act, Vol. IX, Ed. IV (Dec. 1997).
• Childers, S. David and Robin G. Bradshaw, FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, Application of Arizona's Mandatory Automobile Insurance Renewal Laws to a Withdrawing Insurer, Vol. IV, Ed. 3 (Sept. 1992).
• Childers, S. David and Michael E. Hensley, National Business Institute, Complying With the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. (1997).
• Childers, S. David, State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education, Insurance Laws A to Z, Public Records, Bad Faith and the Arizona Department of Insurance. (June, 2004).
• Childers, S. David, FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, Public Records and the Arizona Department of Insurance, Vol. XV, Ed. VII (Sept. 2004).
• Childers, S. David, Fourth Edition to the Annotations to Surplus Lines Statutes, prepared by the Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Committee of the American Bar Association (July 2005).


July 15, 2010 Firm Elects 17 to Join Partnership in 2010


April 2, 2014 Underinsured Motorist Coverage Offer Does Not Require Price Quote
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Underinsured Motorist Coverage Offer Does Not Require Price Quote
S. David Childers, April 4, 2014
On March 27, 2014, Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals issued its decision in Newman v. Cornerstone National Ins. Co., Case No. 1 CA-CV13-0082 (3/27/14), holding that a written offer of underinsured motorist (“UIM”) coverage does not require a corresponding premium price to be...

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S. David Childers

8601 North Scottsdale Road
ScottsdaleAZ 85253-2738


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