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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


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


Piece of rig equipment kills oil field worker in Brazoria County

An employee of Denbury Resources is dead today after a piece of metal rig equipment fell on him while working at Hastings Oilfield in Brazoria County.  According to reports, the victim and other workers were operating a pulley to lift a piece of equipment that weighed about 2,500-3,500 pounds, which then fell and crushed the


Legal Investigation Launched for Missing Fisherman of FV Destination

Attorney Matthew Shaffer was retained by the survivors of a fisherman who was lost at sea aboard the FV Destination. The young Arizona native was one of six crew members aboard the fishing vessel when it was reported missing on February 11, 2017. The United States Coast Guard promptly executed an extensive search and rescue


Testimonial Tuesday: Carlita Gutierrez

  “It’s comforting to know that even though this happened to my daughter, Jonathan S. Harris helped prevent it from happening to anyone else.”- Carlita Gutierrez It was a typical afternoon when Carlita and her 2-year-old daughter were shopping for cellphones at a local Metro PCS store. The 2-year-old reached for a cell phone that


Popular Rifle recall triggers Class-Action Lawsuit

    The Remington 700 is being recalled after thousands of owners have complained of the popular rifle firing without the trigger ever being pulled.  Potentially 7.5 million rifles, including the Model Seven, were manufactured and issued with a defected trigger called the X-Mark Pro.  Remington is warning owners with these models to stop using


Helicopter crash in Galveston leaves 1 dead, 2 Rescued

A helicopter carrying three people crash landed in the waters of West Galveston Bay Monday night. A pilot and two passengers aboard a Bell 206 were leaving a cargo ship, the Eagle Vancouver, at the time of the unexpected landing. The pilot and one passenger were located and rescued by a boat crew just two-and-a-half


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