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Arthur Schechter

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Arthur Schechter has been practicing law since 1964, and since then he’s helped thousands of clients to successfully resolve their cases and begin new lives. He’s served clients from local seaman’s unions, the National Maritime Union, the Indian Seaman’s Union, the Pakistani Seaman’s Union, and individual seaman throughout the world. Over the years, his dedication to his clients and successes on their behalf have set him apart. Some have even named children, boats and businesses after him!
As a founding partner of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, Mr. Schechter serves as Senior Counsel and litigator for personal injury cases. He has also previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, as Board Chairman of METRO, and as a partner in a major national litigation firm.
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Mr. Schechter has received numerous awards for his work, including the highest civilian award given by the United States Coast Guard. He has also been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, an honor only given to 5% of Texas attorneys. H Texas magazine has also recognized him as one of the Top Lawyers for the People.

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Arthur Schechter

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Arthur Schechter has been practicing law since 1964, and since then he’s helped thousands of clients to successfully resolve their cases and begin new lives. He’s served clients from local seaman’s unions, the National Maritime Union, the Indian Seaman’s Union, the Pakistani Seaman’s Union, and individual seaman throughout the world. Over the years, his dedication to his clients and successes on their behalf have set him apart. Some have even named children, boats and businesses after him!
As a founding partner of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, Mr. Schechter serves as Senior Counsel and litigator for personal injury cases. He has also previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, as Board Chairman of METRO, and as a partner in a major national litigation firm.
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Mr. Schechter has received numerous awards for his work, including the highest civilian award given by the United States Coast Guard. He has also been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, an honor only given to 5% of Texas attorneys. H Texas magazine has also recognized him as one of the Top Lawyers for the People.

Find out more about Schechter Mediation Services.

Current Employment Positions

  • Senior Counsel, Mediator, Political Consultant, Business Consultant

Areas Of Practice

  • 100% Personal Injury — Plaintiff
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
  • Texas Trucking Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Houston Motorcycle Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Premises Liability — Plaintiff
  • Property Damage — Plaintiff
  • Railroad Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Slip and Fall — Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death — Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Bad Faith
  • Insurance Subrogation
  • Insurance Malpractice
  • Jones Act
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act
  • Maintenance and Cure
  • General Maritime Law
  • DOHSA – Death on the High Seas Act
  • Maritime Piracy
  • Public Vessel Act
  • Suits in Admiralty
  • Merchant Mariners Act
  • Admiralty Extension Act
  • OSCLA – Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
  • Military Sealift Command
  • FELA Claims – Plaintiff
  • Medical Malpractice

Certifications/Specialties

  • Personal Injury Trial Lawyer
  • State Bar of Texas Board Certified Trial Lawyer
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1964
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1966

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, 1964, J.D.
  • Honors: Law School Dean’s Council, President’s Council
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA, 1962, B.A.
  • Honors: Honor’s Program

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Speaker, Rotary Club of East Nassau, 1998 – 2001

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell “AV Rating”
  • Texas Super Lawyer – Top 5% of Texas Attorneys 2003-2013 (every single year of its existence)
  • Roscoe Pound Society Lifetime Fellow
  • Honorary President, American Men’s Club of Nassau, 1998 – 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Houston Trial Lawyers Board of Directors
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Sustaining Member
  • Texas Civil Justice Foundation, Founding Sponsor
  • American Academy of Railroad Trial Lawyers
  • Texas College of the State Bar of Texas
  • William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity, Board of Directors
  • Anti-Defamation League Southwest Regional Board Nominating Committee, Legal Committee
  • Institute of International Education Southern Regional Advisory Board
  • S.E.A.R.C.H. Service to the Homeless, Board Member (Chaired First Fundraising Ball)
  • Serve Houston Board, Board of Directors (Local AmeriCorps Chapter)
  • University of Texas at Austin Notable Alumnus

Awards and Honors

  • “Tapestry Award” from Houston Interfaith Ministries (Meals on Wheels—Refugee Settlement)
  • “Top Lawyers in Houston”
  • “Starlight” Award—Council of Jewish Women
  • “Star of David” Award for Jewish Philanthropy
  • “President’s Award”: NAACP
  • “Houston Treasure”—Social Book of Houston
  • “Henry Morganthau Award” for Legal Excellence—National Dinner in New York—Israel Bonds
  • “Prominent Community Leader” by Top Ladies of Distinction
  • “Houston’s Most Fascinating” by Baylor College of Medicine
  • “Outstanding Community Leadership” Award—SEARCH (Homeless)Services
  • “Barrier Breaker Award”—Career and Recovery Resources (agency working to retrain and find employment for workers)
  • National United Jewish Appeal Prime Ministers Council
  • “Special Agents Award” from Drug Enforcement Administration
  • United States Marine Corp Award for Support in Nassau
  • “Distinguished Public Service” Award—United States Coast Guard
  • “Outstanding Public Service” Award—United States Custom Service
  • “David H. White Award” for Outstanding Leadership presented by Jewish Community Center
  • “Samuel E. Karff Leadership” Award—Outstanding Member of Congregation Beth Israel
  • “American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations” Award (only other Texan to win was Ann Richards)
  • “Star of Texas” Award, 21st Century Democrats
  • “Benefactor” Award: Jewish Chautauqua Society
  • “Love Award” Honoree: Childrens Advocates, Inc. of Harris County
  • “Young Leadership” Award: United Jewish Appeal

Current Boards

  • Council of American Ambassadors
  • SEARCH (institution for homeless), Executive Committee
  • University of Texas Health Science Center (Medical School)
  • Congregation Beth Israel (Past President, Executive Committee)
  • American Jewish Committee (Past President, Executive Committee)
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Houston (Past President, Executive Committee)
  • Frost Bank Advisory Board
  • William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity Board –minority (runs a boys’ school, geriatric housing, and other programs)
  • Houston Area Parkinson’s Center
  • Career and Recovery Resources (helps physically disabled or disadvantaged train and find work)
  • Houston Holocaust Museum Executive Committee
  • AIDS Foundation Houston
  • Lillian Kaiser Lewis Charitable Foundation
  • Dayan Center for Mid-East and African Studies, Tel Aviv University
  • Greater Houston Convention Visitors Bureau

Published Recognition

  • Who’s Who in the World
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in Houston
  • Who’s Who in Texas
  • Who’s Who in the Southwest
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Who’s Who in Society
  • Elegant “Millennium Maker” in book of 100 most prominent Houstonians by Evan Thayer
  • Social Book of Houston
  • Featured in Community Leaders of America, American Biographical Institute

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Harris County Democratic Lawyers Assoc.
  • Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialist
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • University of Texas: Law School Dean’s Council, President’s Council
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Civil Justice Foundation: Founding Sponsor
  • American Academy of Railroad Trial Lawyers
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Admiralty Section: Chairman
  • Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Government, U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, 1998 – 2001

Languages

  • Spanish

Birth Information

  • 1939, Rosenberg, Texas, United States of America
Jones Act Lawyer

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We have board certified personal injury trial lawyers prepared to take on your case. Details

 

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FREE confidential case Evaluation
Contact our experienced maritime attorneys to see if you have a case.

 
 
 
 
 

* Please be aware that your submission of this contact form does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

Jones Act Lawyer

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We have board certified personal injury trial lawyers prepared to take on your case. Details

 

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Recently
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Arthur Schechter

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Arthur Schechter has been practicing law since 1964, and since then he’s helped thousands of clients to successfully resolve their cases and begin new lives. He’s served clients from local seaman’s unions, the National Maritime Union, the Indian Seaman’s Union, the Pakistani Seaman’s Union, and individual seaman throughout the world. Over the years, his dedication to his clients and successes on their behalf have set him apart. Some have even named children, boats and businesses after him!
As a founding partner of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, Mr. Schechter serves as Senior Counsel and litigator for personal injury cases. He has also previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, as Board Chairman of METRO, and as a partner in a major national litigation firm.
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Mr. Schechter has received numerous awards for his work, including the highest civilian award given by the United States Coast Guard. He has also been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, an honor only given to 5% of Texas attorneys. H Texas magazine has also recognized him as one of the Top Lawyers for the People.

Find out more about Schechter Mediation Services.

Current Employment Positions

  • Senior Counsel, Mediator, Political Consultant, Business Consultant

Areas Of Practice

  • 100% Personal Injury — Plaintiff
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
  • Texas Trucking Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Houston Motorcycle Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Premises Liability — Plaintiff
  • Property Damage — Plaintiff
  • Railroad Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Slip and Fall — Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death — Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Bad Faith
  • Insurance Subrogation
  • Insurance Malpractice
  • Jones Act
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act
  • Maintenance and Cure
  • General Maritime Law
  • DOHSA – Death on the High Seas Act
  • Maritime Piracy
  • Public Vessel Act
  • Suits in Admiralty
  • Merchant Mariners Act
  • Admiralty Extension Act
  • OSCLA – Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
  • Military Sealift Command
  • FELA Claims – Plaintiff
  • Medical Malpractice

Certifications/Specialties

  • Personal Injury Trial Lawyer
  • State Bar of Texas Board Certified Trial Lawyer
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1964
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1966

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, 1964, J.D.
  • Honors: Law School Dean’s Council, President’s Council
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA, 1962, B.A.
  • Honors: Honor’s Program

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Speaker, Rotary Club of East Nassau, 1998 – 2001

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell “AV Rating”
  • Texas Super Lawyer – Top 5% of Texas Attorneys 2003-2013 (every single year of its existence)
  • Roscoe Pound Society Lifetime Fellow
  • Honorary President, American Men’s Club of Nassau, 1998 – 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Houston Trial Lawyers Board of Directors
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Sustaining Member
  • Texas Civil Justice Foundation, Founding Sponsor
  • American Academy of Railroad Trial Lawyers
  • Texas College of the State Bar of Texas
  • William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity, Board of Directors
  • Anti-Defamation League Southwest Regional Board Nominating Committee, Legal Committee
  • Institute of International Education Southern Regional Advisory Board
  • S.E.A.R.C.H. Service to the Homeless, Board Member (Chaired First Fundraising Ball)
  • Serve Houston Board, Board of Directors (Local AmeriCorps Chapter)
  • University of Texas at Austin Notable Alumnus

Awards and Honors

  • “Tapestry Award” from Houston Interfaith Ministries (Meals on Wheels—Refugee Settlement)
  • “Top Lawyers in Houston”
  • “Starlight” Award—Council of Jewish Women
  • “Star of David” Award for Jewish Philanthropy
  • “President’s Award”: NAACP
  • “Houston Treasure”—Social Book of Houston
  • “Henry Morganthau Award” for Legal Excellence—National Dinner in New York—Israel Bonds
  • “Prominent Community Leader” by Top Ladies of Distinction
  • “Houston’s Most Fascinating” by Baylor College of Medicine
  • “Outstanding Community Leadership” Award—SEARCH (Homeless)Services
  • “Barrier Breaker Award”—Career and Recovery Resources (agency working to retrain and find employment for workers)
  • National United Jewish Appeal Prime Ministers Council
  • “Special Agents Award” from Drug Enforcement Administration
  • United States Marine Corp Award for Support in Nassau
  • “Distinguished Public Service” Award—United States Coast Guard
  • “Outstanding Public Service” Award—United States Custom Service
  • “David H. White Award” for Outstanding Leadership presented by Jewish Community Center
  • “Samuel E. Karff Leadership” Award—Outstanding Member of Congregation Beth Israel
  • “American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations” Award (only other Texan to win was Ann Richards)
  • “Star of Texas” Award, 21st Century Democrats
  • “Benefactor” Award: Jewish Chautauqua Society
  • “Love Award” Honoree: Childrens Advocates, Inc. of Harris County
  • “Young Leadership” Award: United Jewish Appeal

Current Boards

  • Council of American Ambassadors
  • SEARCH (institution for homeless), Executive Committee
  • University of Texas Health Science Center (Medical School)
  • Congregation Beth Israel (Past President, Executive Committee)
  • American Jewish Committee (Past President, Executive Committee)
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Houston (Past President, Executive Committee)
  • Frost Bank Advisory Board
  • William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity Board –minority (runs a boys’ school, geriatric housing, and other programs)
  • Houston Area Parkinson’s Center
  • Career and Recovery Resources (helps physically disabled or disadvantaged train and find work)
  • Houston Holocaust Museum Executive Committee
  • AIDS Foundation Houston
  • Lillian Kaiser Lewis Charitable Foundation
  • Dayan Center for Mid-East and African Studies, Tel Aviv University
  • Greater Houston Convention Visitors Bureau

Published Recognition

  • Who’s Who in the World
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in Houston
  • Who’s Who in Texas
  • Who’s Who in the Southwest
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Who’s Who in Society
  • Elegant “Millennium Maker” in book of 100 most prominent Houstonians by Evan Thayer
  • Social Book of Houston
  • Featured in Community Leaders of America, American Biographical Institute

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Harris County Democratic Lawyers Assoc.
  • Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialist
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • University of Texas: Law School Dean’s Council, President’s Council
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Civil Justice Foundation: Founding Sponsor
  • American Academy of Railroad Trial Lawyers
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Admiralty Section: Chairman
  • Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Government, U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, 1998 – 2001

Languages

  • Spanish

Birth Information

  • 1939, Rosenberg, Texas, United States of America
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We are maritime injury attorneys that have recovered millions for our injured clients. We have always been a strong advocate for maritime personal injury victims and the families of those who are killed while working in service of a vessel or under the Jones Act law. Our concern is for the safety of those involved and helping their families find out the whereabouts and conditions of their loved ones.

These are some of the diverse groups of injured workers we have represented:

  • Jones Act seamen
  • Workers on oil rigs, offshore platforms and jack-up rigs
  • Crews and workers on barges, supply boats, tankers, freighters and other vessels

The list is by no means comprehensive. If you are unsure whether you qualify as a Jones Act seamen or whether you might be covered by other maritime regulations, it’s vital that you contact our maritime lawyers today to learn about your rights.

We have represented workers and their families in the following disasters:

  • Deepwater Horizon Disaster
  • M/V Jillian Morrison Explosion
  • Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. Barge B No. 125 Explosion
  • British Petroleum Texas City Refinery Explosion
  • Phillips 66 Refinery Explosion

The team of Jones Act attorneys and maritime lawyers at SMSH have over 100 years of combined trial experience. Contact our Jones Act lawyers today for a free, confidential case evaluation.

Why Hire the Worldwide Jones Act, Offshore & Maritime Injury Lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris?

The Jones Act and maritime injury lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris have spent more than five decades representing seamen, longshoremen and other maritime workers, and recovered millions of dollars for our clients. SMSH has always been a strong advocate for maritime personal injury victims and the families of those who are killed while working in service of a vessel. Our concern is for the safety of those involved and helping their families find out the whereabouts and conditions of their loved ones, as well as recovering the compensation they are entitled to for injuries, medical bills and other damages.

Here are some of the reasons why thousands of injured maritime workers have chosen Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris to represent their interests:

  • We have recovered over $620 million dollars for offshore and maritime workers, including recovery of $17.5 million in the largest Jones Act settlement ever paid by the United States government.
  • Each of our Jones Act attorneys and maritime injury lawyers has more than 25 years of experience, with total of more than 100 years of trial experience for the team.
  • Our maritime injury lawyers have represented clients in some of the nation’s worst maritime and refinery disasters, including: the Deepwater Horizon explosion; the M/V Jillian Morrison explosion; the Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. Barge B No. 125 explosion; the British Petroleum Texas City Refinery explosion; and the Phillips 66 Refinery explosion.
  • As dedicated maritime injury and Jones Act attorneys, we understand the financial difficulties that families often face when a loved one is injured and unable to work. Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris offers interest free loans to assist our clients with day-to-day living expenses while waiting for the conclusion of their case.
  • Our attorneys provide assistance to maritime, offshore and port workers across the United States.
  • We have board certified Personal Injury Trial lawyers.
 

The Maritime Attorney Difference

Maritime and offshore accidents fall under a different set of laws than other personal injury or workers’ compensation claims. There are specific maritime laws that govern claims, including the Jones Act, the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and general maritime laws. To receive the full protections these laws offer, it’s crucial to have an attorney who understands the complexities of each. If you’ve been injured while working on a vessel, offshore or in one of the nation’s many ports, contact the Jones Act attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris today for a free consultation.
Our experienced offshore injury lawyers have handled cases throughout the Gulf of Mexico coastal region of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and represented clients from all 50 states of the United States. We have years of experience representing the crew working on inland waters such as the Mississippi River, Ohio River, Kentucky River, the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and many more. We have also handled cases worldwide in countries as far away as the Ukraine and Israel. We routinely represent clients from the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. We have also made claims for clients from Columbia, Venezuela, Bangladesh, The Philippines, Romania, Croatia, England, Ireland, Spain, The Netherlands, Russia, China, Mexico, and Brazil.

Time is of the Essence

If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured or killed as the result of an offshore accident, please speak to a qualified maritime lawyer before talking to your employer or any insurance company or adjuster. If you work on a vessel, boat, barge, tanker, fishing boat, an offshore drilling rig or platform, or any other kind of ship, you may qualify for Jones Act compensation. Working in, on, or near water means you need the specially-trained legal assistance of the Board Certified maritime lawyers of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P.

A few small tidbits of advice for the injured offshore worker:

  1. Fill out an accident report or incident paperwork as soon as possible after your injury.
  2. If your employer gives you any paperwork to sign, have it reviewed by a competent maritime lawyer so you don’t waive your rights to more money.
  3. Do not give a recorded statement to anyone without first seeking legal counsel.
  4. Do not accept the word of a company doctor as to the extent of your injuries, seek out your own doctor for a second-opinion.
We are Worldwide Jones Act attorneys and Maritime lawyers with over 100 years combined experience in Maritime Personal Injury Cases and we have handled thousands of cases. Your initial consultation for your maritime accident case is FREE. You pay us nothing unless we win your case and get you money. Call a maritime lawyer NOW at 1-800-836-5830 or e-mail us at info@smslegal.com.

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Recent Successful Cases

$17.5 Million in Jones Act Deckhand Case

 

In March 2008, our client was employed as a deckhand in a shipyard. He suffered a head injury.

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$2.5 Million Recovered in Jones Act Case

 

While on stern of tug attempting to hook up a barge, the “L” line became tight, broke, hit our client,

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$1.6 Million Recovered for Offshore Workers

 

On April 20, 2007, while working as blasters, painting an offshore rig on a platform, our two clients injured

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