About Our Firm

Founded in 2006, the Law Offices of Shaffer & Gonor offers its clientele unique experience in the handling and litigating of personal injury matters. With a background in defense, the Law Offices of Shaffer and Gonor brings a level of depth and understanding that can only be gained from having worked intimately on both sides of the equation. Shaffer and Gonor are armed with knowledge and experience to maximize recovery and get positive results for their clients.

Al Shaffer

Alan "Al" Shaffer is a graduate of University of California Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern Law School.  After graduating law school, Al worked as an associate and supervising attorney in downtown insurance defense firms representing clients in matters involving auto accident and premises liability defense.  He formulated defense and trial strategies with insurance adjusters and claims representative in litigation matters.

In 2006, Al Shaffer shifted his area of practice and joined David Gonor in forming the Law Offices of Shaffer & Gonor. Al now dedicates 100% of his practice to representing injured people against the same insurance companies he previously represented.  With a thorough understanding of how to defend cases, Al utilizes that skill set in effectively obtaining the results his clients deserve.  Al takes pride in his accessibility to his clients and in the strong relationships he has with them.

Al lives in Studio City, California with his wife Tracy and three children Jordan, Emme, and Evan. In his free time he enjoys coaching youth sports and running.

David M. Gonor

A seasoned trial attorney with over 20 years of experience, David began his legal career in 1993 doing collection work and moved into insurance defense in approximately 1997.

In 2006 David formed the Law Offices of Shaffer and Gonor with his longtime friend Al Shaffer. Both Al and David had grown tired of working for insurance companies and felt drawn to the injured and those being taken advantage of. Once the firm started there was no looking back.

In addition to handling personal injury claims, David also represents clients with general litigation needs, real estate, criminal matters, traffic matters and other legal issues. His goal is to provide quality legal representation while maintaining the principles of honesty and integrity. Understanding that the legal process can be expensive and overwhelming, David devotes as much time and attention – while always keeping the bottom line in mind to ease the process for his clients.


Bachelor of Science, Business Economics – University of California, Santa Barbara – 1985

Juris Doctor – Pepperdine University School of Law – 1991

Professional Affiliations and Bar Memberships

All state courts in the State of California
United States District Court – Central District of California
United States District Court – Eastern District of California

Los Angeles County Bar Association

    Criminal Defense Panel
    Consumer Panel
    Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Panel

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