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Testimonial Tuesday: Keith Mitchell reviews his experience with Attorney Jonathan Harris

September 27th, 2016 by EmilyB

“He referred me to Jonathan Harris…right from the beginning, I knew this was the right guy for me.”- Keith Mitchell When Keith Mitchell was hit by an 18-wheeler in September 2014, he wasn’t sure of who to turn to. After suffering substantial injuries all over his body, his medical bills started to pile up and

Ice cream

Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled. Again.

September 22nd, 2016 by EmilyB

But not all of it. This time it’s only two flavors that the beloved Texas-based manufacturer is halting distribution on. Blue Bell announced recalls on Wednesday of products containing chocolate chip cookie dough after learning a batch of edible cookie dough from its third party-supplier, Aspen Hills, may be contaminated with listeria. No illnesses have


Crew Member Killed and Four Injured on World’s Biggest Cruise Ship

September 15th, 2016 by EmilyB

A safety drill on the Harmony of the Seas turned awry after a lifeboat carrying five crew members mysteriously detached from the cruise ship and fell 33 feet into the ocean. The impact killed a 42-year-old Philippine national and injured four others, two of which are in critical condition. This is the second fatal cruise


Houston Roadway Claims Top Spot for Texas’ Worst Traffic Congestion

September 7th, 2016 by EmilyB

You guessed it. Loop 610 has regained the top spot on Texas’ list of most congested roads. Although it’s connection to 1-10, U.S. 59 and U.S. 290 contribute greatly to this “honor,” it’s also considered a main commuting route for the Greater Houston Area, which averages 1.1 million hours of delay per mile each year,


The Future of Self-Driving Vehicles

August 25th, 2016 by Ruth

Self-driving cars have been in the news in the past couple of years, first with Google’s self-driving cars; now many other manufacturers are getting into the market. As of this May, Tesla started test driving the autopilot function of the new Model X in Houston, Texas. Cities have made steps to encourage test driving all


The Future of Houston – Pedestrian Safety

August 20th, 2016 by Ruth

Current Population of Great Houston The greater Houston area has a population of an estimated 6.6 million residents, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the Census Bureau, Texas saw the greatest increase in population compared to all other states. Houston great area saw the largest increase of any metro area in

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

Partners from SMSH Legal listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

August 16th, 2016 by EmilyB

  Leading attorney’s from the across the globe contribute to the selection process.  Partners Arthur Schechter, Dennis McElwee and Matthew Shaffer of SMSH Legal were included in the 23th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. Schechter was recognized in the field of Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs, and McElwee and Shaffer were recognized in the field


Car Accident Liability – Ways a Driver Can be Liable

August 12th, 2016 by Ruth

Over five million car accidents occur each year in the United States. Over two million of these accidents involve severe injuries. Depending on the situation, the owner of the vehicle can be held liable for the actions of the driver. Most cases will hold the driver at fault, but certain conditions can put responsibility for

Fishing industry

$1.25 Million Judgment Awarded to Injured Fisherman

August 11th, 2016 by EmilyB

Fisherman Awarded Millions after Captain and Boat Abandoned Him Attorney Matthew Shaffer obtained a $1.25 million dollar judgement from a federal district court in Galveston, Texas for his client, a commercial fisherman. The 54-year-old worker from Palacios, Texas was tying lines on a commercial fishing boat when he became trapped in marsh wetlands. He injured

El Faro

El Faro Data Recorder Brought to Surface

August 9th, 2016 by EmilyB

Recorder hopes to bring light to sinking investigation. SMSH Legal reported back in April  that the voyage data-recorder of the El Faro had been located on the ocean floor of the Bahamas. It was finally retrieved Monday night by USNS Apache crewmembers, bringing a glimmer of hope into discovering what challenges the crewmembers faced the