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Matt Shaffer makes “The Best Lawyers in America” list

SMSH Managing Partner, Matt Shaffer, has once again been recognized for his work in Admiralty and Maritime Law and will be published in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Over the past 31 years, Matt has helped thousands of maritime workers in cases throughout the nation, and recovered hundreds of millions on their


Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris all selected to the 2017 Super Lawyers List!

  Attorney’s Arthur Schechter, Dennis McElwee, Matthew Shaffer and Jonathan Harris have again been recognized for their outstanding achievements in the areas of personal injury and maritime law. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers across the United States who’ve obtained a high-degree of peer recognition and achievement . Each year this notable list


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

  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


Towing Tugboat Exploded off the Coast of Florida on Monday

Towing tugboat, Thomas Dann, exploded several miles away from Marineland, Florida this past Monday. The engine room began smoking and later erupted into flames as the tug was towing a barge in convoy. Six crew members evacuated the boat via life raft and were later rescued by local fisherman before the fire set off two


Giving Back: SMSH Legal Helps Comfort Family of Fallen Bellaire Police Officer

Partner Jonathan Harris’ wife, Tandy Camberg Harris, organized a community outreach which benefited the family of fallen Bellaire police officer, Marco Zarate, who lost his life in the line of duty last week. SMSH Legal contributed to the outreach by providing Zarate’s family with a day’s worth of meals from Escalante’s (a family favorite.) Harris and 100 other community members


Matt Shaffer files lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Matt Shaffer has filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client, a vessel-based musician employed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Our client sustained serious injuries to his right leg and knee after his lower bunk bed broke.In the lawsuit, it is alleged that Royal Caribbean Ltd. failed to provide a safe working environment and failed to


Attorney Matt Shaffer Filed Lawsuit for Client After Maritime Accident

Matt Shaffer recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client injured in a maritime accident. The client was employed as a captain by The Dutra Group and was ordered to move a barge with the M/V Elbert Lewey push boat in adverse weather conditions. As the client underwent the operation, a wave picked up


Attorney Matt Shaffer Filed a Maritime Accident Lawsuit for Injured Client

Matt Shaffer has filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client injured in a maritime accident. The client was employed by Bolivar Barge Cleaning Service, LLC and was working on the M/V Sonny Gates, a towing vessel, at the time of the incident. The client was taking a barge out of the fleet of another


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