Matthew D. Shaffer, Partner

“We treat our clients with respect, and we take a lot of pride in the work that we do.”


Matt Shaffer is the managing partner of Schecter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. SMSH is the continuation of a firm that, since 1964, has been solely focused on representing working men and women. SMSH has collected hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of its clients. Matt has been at the firm since 1992, and has himself represented thousands of clients in courts all over the country. He recently concluded the largest single victim Jones Act case in recorded history on behalf of a brain injured client. Matt has been involved in litigation stemming from the most recent maritime disasters, including playing a significant role in the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.

Not only do serious accidents require serious experience, they require serious follow-through. Matt Shaffer demonstrates that every day. He is the type of lawyer who thoroughly prepares cases and follows up on details. His is also the type of man who strives to return phone calls to prospective clients as soon as possible and makes it a point to be there for his clients when it counts. Many of his clients express surprise when he returns phone calls and e-mails well past normal working hours.

Matt became a lawyer over 25 years ago, and first represented the other side of the docket for large corporate clients. When he came to Schecter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. in 1992, he transferred his passion for excellence to the representation of working men and women. Matt is one of a small percentage of Texas lawyers who is certified as a Personal Injury Trial Lawyer by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is past chairman of The Texas State Bar’s Grievance Committee for District 4C. He is also licensed to practice in Colorado. He has been named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, an honor shared by only 5% of those practicing law in Texas each year since 2006.

He has repeatedly been recognized as one of Houston's Top Lawyers for the People by H Texas magazine.

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Matthew D. Shaffer Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews

"Matt is a World Class lawyer and the results in my case have allowed me to live in the same high standard I did when I was working. Matt traveled to California too many times to count and despite the flights and headache of travel, Matt always brought his A game. We faced repeated negotiation attempts which seemed many times to be a joke and would have broke lessor men. Failure was not an option for Matt. Matt also has very friendly staff that saw to my needs for various deposition and made sure I had a Hotel room, I only had to show up. Matt also worked with me so that I could give my deposition with ease and how to avoid pitfalls and traps the opposing lawyers would try to set. Today when anyone I know has need of an injury attorney I refer them to Matt because he has the tools and experience you need. When your hurt you need a pro to help you advance and preserve your case. I have worked with many lawyers in the past and Matt is the only one who stands out from the crowd, always ready and aggressive. My employer took me aside at one point and told me that they were very impressed with how Matt was handling my case. That is coming from a World Class company and a great compliment.
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"Mr.Shaffer was very helpfull through my ordeal and I was very confident he was going to bring out the truth out about the accident of why and how I almost lost my life."
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