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Laura De La Cruz

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P.

3200 Travis Street, 3rd Floor
Houston, TX 77006
Toll Free: 713-364-0723

Laura De La Cruz

Laura De La Cruz is the firm’s newest attorney. She joined Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris in 2010 and worked as a legal assistant for managing partner, Matthew Shaffer, until she became licensed to practice law.

Laura strongly believes that the law is meant to serve individuals and their families. Her practice focuses on advocating for injured workers in maritime and other work accidents across the country. She is proud to have been a part of the firm’s success in obtaining justice for its clients over the past 5 years, and her experience has given her the knowledge and practical skills to see a case through from beginning to end.

Areas of Practice:

  • Jones 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
  • Premises Liability – Plaintiff
  • Railroad Accidents – Plaintiff
  • FELA Claims – Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of Texas – 2015


  • University of Houston, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 2015
  • University of Houston, B.A. in Philosophy, Sociology, 2008 – summa cum laude

Honors and Awards:

  • 2014 Champion of the Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition – UH Law Center
  • 2014 Champion and Best Speaker of the James Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition – UH Law Center
  • 2013 Champion of the Lorance and Thompson Negotiation Competition – UH Law Center

Professional Association and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member


  • English
  • Spanish

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Jonathan S. Harris and Matthew D. Shaffer are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Other attorneys are not board certified.  Principal office is located in Houston, Texas.