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Two Missing after Tugboat Sinks on the Mississippi

One person has been rescued and two others are still missing after a tugboat capsized on the Mississippi River Monday morning. The Natalie Jean was towing a barge carrying around 600 gallons of fuel before it sank. The Lower Mississippi River is currently closed from mile marker 89 to 90.5, in the Algiers Point area. The


Payless Shoesource expected to face lawsuit after death of 2 yr old girl

                                                                                                             


Oil and gas worker killed on platform in Gulf of Mexico

An oil and gas worker was killed last Saturday while working on a Talos Energy Platform in the Gulf of Mexico, just 64 miles south of Lake Charles, LA.  The worker, who has not yet been identified was removing fire suppression equipment that was reportedly out-of-service at the time of the incident. The injuries and


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


SMSH Legal supports Camp SAY

Houston Astros player, George Springer, knows all too well what it’s like to be a kid who stutters, and the challenges and ridicule from others that can come with it. It’s easy for kids to get discouraged and undermine their self-confidence when they feel they are misunderstood or looked upon differently. That’s why George became


Statewide ban on texting while driving goes into effect Sept. 1

 Statewide ban on texting while driving goes into effect Sept. 1 Keep your heads up! Texting while driving in Texas will now get you slapped with a fine! This means no reading, writing, or sending messages while driving your vehicle UNLESS the vehicle is stopped. Doing so could get you cited with a fine of


Seaman missing after tugboat sinking in Gulf of Mexico

A seaman is still missing after the tugboat he was on sank in the Gulf of Mexico early Monday morning. Four crew members were aboard the Crosby Commander at the time of the sinking which occurred 30 nautical miles off Louisiana. Three managed to escape in a life raft, but the fourth member was unaccounted


Testimonial Tuesday: Gerald Orvis

“There’s no question about it, these guys were here for you.” Gerald Orvis came to Jonathan Sol Harris to get answers when his 8-year-old son was electrocuted to death while sitting on a fishing pier.   Jonathan Sol Harris and his team at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP obtained a court order not to destroy


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