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About me


After more than two decades of practicing Maritime Law, I am still keen on the details that can make all the difference in the quality of life of my clients.  

I have handled many Jones Act, General Maritime Law and seaman’s wage claim cases to very successful conclusions in addition to general personal injury cases. 



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Maritime: 80%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%



Contingent (33-40%)

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  • Arthur L. Schechter

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    Arthur Schechter Admiralty and maritime Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Adam J. (A.J.) Rosenfeld

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Dennis for a number of years and have always found him to be every effective, knowledgeable, and thorough. He is polite, professional, and an excellent lawyer.


    Adam Rosenfeld Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Schechter McElwee & Shaffer Attorneys

3200 Travis Street
Houston, TX, 77006


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198607/16/2016
MNNot Authorized199807/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2013
Houston's Top LawyerH Texas Magazine2013
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Texas Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
American Jurisprudence AwardN/A1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSchechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP1987 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Southeast Admiralty Law InstituteMember1999 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1987 - Present
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
University of TexasOccupational Illness Cases In A Maritime Context1998
SEALI,The Relationship Between Medicare and a Vessel Owners's Duty to Provide Cure1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Rutgers UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
7th Annual Admiralty and Maritime ConferenceInstructor1998
Southeast Admiralty Law InstituteInstructor1996