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Matthew D. Shaffer, Partner

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In 1992, Matt Shaffer joined Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., the continuation of a firm that has focused on representing injured men and women since 1964. As a managing partner of the firm, Mr. Shaffer has represented thousands of clients across the United States. Most recently, he successfully settled the largest single victim Jones Act case on record for a client with a brain injury. He has played a significant role in litigation related to several major maritime disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Mr. Shaffer takes pride in bringing an experienced and thorough approach to every case. He dedicated to providing a high level of support for his clients, who are often surprised to get return phone calls and emails from him well after business hours are done.

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More than 25 years ago, Mr. Shaffer began his career in law by representing large corporate clients. In 1992, he came to SMSH and began using his experience to help working men and women recover damages for on-the-job injuries.

Mr. Shaffer is among the small percentage of Texas attorneys who are certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial law. He has previously served as chairman of The Texas State Bar’s Grievance Committee for District 4C. He’s also licensed to practice law in Colorado.

Every year since 2006, Mr. Shaffer has been named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, an honor bestowed on only 5% of the state’s attorneys. He’s also been recognized by H Texas magazine as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People.

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Matthew D. Shaffer, Partner

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In 1992, Matt Shaffer joined Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., the continuation of a firm that has focused on representing injured men and women since 1964. As a managing partner of the firm, Mr. Shaffer has represented thousands of clients across the United States. Most recently, he successfully settled the largest single victim Jones Act case on record for a client with a brain injury. He has played a significant role in litigation related to several major maritime disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Mr. Shaffer takes pride in bringing an experienced and thorough approach to every case. He dedicated to providing a high level of support for his clients, who are often surprised to get return phone calls and emails from him well after business hours are done.

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More than 25 years ago, Mr. Shaffer began his career in law by representing large corporate clients. In 1992, he came to SMSH and began using his experience to help working men and women recover damages for on-the-job injuries.

Mr. Shaffer is among the small percentage of Texas attorneys who are certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial law. He has previously served as chairman of The Texas State Bar’s Grievance Committee for District 4C. He’s also licensed to practice law in Colorado.

Every year since 2006, Mr. Shaffer has been named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, an honor bestowed on only 5% of the state’s attorneys. He’s also been recognized by H Texas magazine as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People.

Follow Matt on Twitter @ JonesAct

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Areas of Practice

  • 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
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Texas Trucking Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Houston Motorcycle Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Premises Liability – Plaintiff
  • Railroad Accidents – Plaintiff
  • FELA Claims – Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Medical Malpractice

Certifications & Specialties

  • Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998

Litigation Percentages

  • 100% of practice devoted to litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1987
  • Colorado, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2009

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX, 1987, J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • South Texas College of Law, Houston TX
  • Law Review South Texas Law Review, 1985-1986
  • Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 1984
  • B.B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration

Representative Clients

  • National Maritime Union

Classes/Seminars Taught/Papers Presented

  • University of Texas Admiralty Seminar
  • Occupational Illness in a Maritime Context—A Plaintiff’s Perspective, 1998
  • Multiple Causes of Action Seminar—Jones Act and FELA, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Railroads, Repetitive Stress and Restitution, Trial Magazine, September 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer – Selected to top 5% of Texas Lawyers in 2005-2012
  • Texas Top Lawyer for the People – Multiple Consecutive Years Including 2010
  • American Jurisprudence Award – Criminal Law
  • Toxic Tort Seminar – Highest Score
  • South Texas College of Law Law Review

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas State Bar, Grievance Committee, District 4C, Chairman and Member 2000-2006
  • City of Bellaire Board of Adjustment, 1996-1998
  • Southwest Regional Board of Directors – Anti Defamation League, 1994-1996
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association – Board of Trustees Representative to Houston Lawyer Referral Service
  • Board of Directors, Houston Lawyer Referral Service, 2010-Present
  • Board of Directors, Congregation Beth Israel, 2010-Present
  • Phi Delta Phi

Birth Information

  • June 29, 1961, Houston, Texas, United States of America
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Matthew D. Shaffer, Partner

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In 1992, Matt Shaffer joined Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., the continuation of a firm that has focused on representing injured men and women since 1964. As a managing partner of the firm, Mr. Shaffer has represented thousands of clients across the United States. Most recently, he successfully settled the largest single victim Jones Act case on record for a client with a brain injury. He has played a significant role in litigation related to several major maritime disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Mr. Shaffer takes pride in bringing an experienced and thorough approach to every case. He dedicated to providing a high level of support for his clients, who are often surprised to get return phone calls and emails from him well after business hours are done.

houstonia_badge_matthew_shaffer
More than 25 years ago, Mr. Shaffer began his career in law by representing large corporate clients. In 1992, he came to SMSH and began using his experience to help working men and women recover damages for on-the-job injuries.

Mr. Shaffer is among the small percentage of Texas attorneys who are certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial law. He has previously served as chairman of The Texas State Bar’s Grievance Committee for District 4C. He’s also licensed to practice law in Colorado.

Every year since 2006, Mr. Shaffer has been named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, an honor bestowed on only 5% of the state’s attorneys. He’s also been recognized by H Texas magazine as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People.

Follow Matt on Twitter @ JonesAct

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Areas of Practice

  • 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
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Texas Trucking Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Houston Motorcycle Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Premises Liability – Plaintiff
  • Railroad Accidents – Plaintiff
  • FELA Claims – Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Medical Malpractice

Certifications & Specialties

  • Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998

Litigation Percentages

  • 100% of practice devoted to litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1987
  • Colorado, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2009

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX, 1987, J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • South Texas College of Law, Houston TX
  • Law Review South Texas Law Review, 1985-1986
  • Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 1984
  • B.B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration

Representative Clients

  • National Maritime Union

Classes/Seminars Taught/Papers Presented

  • University of Texas Admiralty Seminar
  • Occupational Illness in a Maritime Context—A Plaintiff’s Perspective, 1998
  • Multiple Causes of Action Seminar—Jones Act and FELA, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Railroads, Repetitive Stress and Restitution, Trial Magazine, September 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer – Selected to top 5% of Texas Lawyers in 2005-2012
  • Texas Top Lawyer for the People – Multiple Consecutive Years Including 2010
  • American Jurisprudence Award – Criminal Law
  • Toxic Tort Seminar – Highest Score
  • South Texas College of Law Law Review

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas State Bar, Grievance Committee, District 4C, Chairman and Member 2000-2006
  • City of Bellaire Board of Adjustment, 1996-1998
  • Southwest Regional Board of Directors – Anti Defamation League, 1994-1996
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association – Board of Trustees Representative to Houston Lawyer Referral Service
  • Board of Directors, Houston Lawyer Referral Service, 2010-Present
  • Board of Directors, Congregation Beth Israel, 2010-Present
  • Phi Delta Phi

Birth Information

  • June 29, 1961, Houston, 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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In March 2008, our client was employed as a deckhand in a shipyard. He suffered a head injury.

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