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I have proudly represented the hard-working men and women of our great nation for over 20 years.  I have handled offshore injury cases, Jones Act cases and FELA railroad injury cases for all of these years.  If you contact our firm, you will speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.  You can email us at or visit our website for more information.  Even if we cannot assist you with your case, we never like to leave callers without a referral for another attorney who can help.  Our firm has existed for over 45 years and we pride ourselves on serving our clients with kindness and getting them the best results possible.  In some cases, our results have been significant enough to make history.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Jones Act: 75%
  2. Railroad Accidents: 25%



Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jonathan Sol Harris

    I endorse this lawyer. Matthew Shaffer is a very hardworking attorney!


    Jonathan Harris Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Tommy Ray Hastings

    If lawyers were asked to write a list of the top martime injury lawyers, Matt's name would almost certainly appear on every list. I have referred maritime injury cases to Matt and have been blown away by the results. Most importantly, my clients could not have been happier with the results. Matt has the perfect combination of legal, technical, and practical knowledge that is required to be successful on these types of cases.


    Tommy Hastings Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Schechter McElwee & Shaffer Attorneys

3200 Travis Street
3rd Floor
Houston, TX, 77006


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198710/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2016
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2014
Texas Best LawyersBest Lawyers2013
Houston's Top LawyerH Texas Magazine2013
Super LawyersTexas Super Lawyers2013
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Texas Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
Texas Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
Texas Top Lawyer for the PeopleH Texas Magazine2010
Texas Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Texas Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2008
Texas Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2007
Texas Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2006
Texas Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2005
Personal Injury Trial LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1998
American Jurisprudence AwardN/AN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of TexasMember1999 - Present
Texas State Bar, Grievance Committee, District 4CN/A1999 - Present
City of Bellaire Board of AdjustmentN/A1996 - 1999
Southwest Regional Anti-Defamation LeagueBoard of Directors1994 - 1996
Houston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
American Association for Justice (AAJ)Railroads, repetitive stress, and restitution2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TXLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TexasBusiness AdministrationB.B.A.1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMultiple Causes of Action Seminar - Jones Act and FELA1994