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Dennis Michael Mcelwee

Admiralty and maritime Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Texas - TX 37 years
    Minnesota - MN 26 years
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1986
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1998
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Dennis

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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. 



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Posted by Julio | July 19, 2012
Dennis worked very hard for my family
I would absolutely recommend this lawyer. I was injured in an accident at work and they company was trying to give a little for what was going to keep me out of work for a very long time. Thanks to Mr Mcelwee and everyone at Schechter Mcelwee Shaffer and Harris.
Posted by Tiffany | March 12, 2012
So Helpful!
What can I say about Dennis other than he is an amazing attorney. He really helped me and my family out when I was hurt while working. I owe him a lot of thanks!
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2011
you could'nd have a better attorney
I had no idea of what to do ,legal wise or medical wise. I got a hole of Dennis Mcelwee.He handle everything and got me the medical attention i needed, and handled may case like no body i've ever seen. He took the woory off my back so i could consentrate on getting better. I don't think there is any thing he dosen't no about the law or being a great human being.In my book he is the greatest and anybody would be very lucky to have him on thier side.
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Posted by Reginald | April 12, 2011
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Dennis his partners and his staff treat me as family. From the day I was introduced to the firm I was very comfortable with the services rendered.They allowed me to actually feel as though I was a part of the firm. A part of the litigation not just a client or possible revenue. I would never feel comfortable with any other firm after my experience with Dennis.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP
  • 1987 - Present


  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Rutgers University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980


  • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Houston's Top Lawyer
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2013
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • 1985
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  • University of Texas
  • Occupational Illness Cases In A Maritime Context
  • 1998
  • SEALI,
  • The Relationship Between Medicare and a Vessel Owners's Duty to Provide Cure
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • 7th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Conference
  • Instructor
  • 1998
  • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute
  • Instructor
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
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Admiralty and maritime Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Dennis is a wonderful Maritime & Jones Act attorney. He knows the law really well and is a pleasure to work with on a daily basis. He is committed and honest to his clients."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Dennis has been my law partner for a number of years. He is one of the best lawyers in the world at handling longshore injury cases, maritime wage claims, maritime piracy cases, and all other offshore injuries."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked for Dennis on many cases. He is truly one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in practice today on longshore and maritime law issues, including maritime piracy."
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Houston Admiralty and maritime Lawyer Dennis Michael Mcelwee
Dennis Michael Mcelwee
Admiralty and maritime Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 37 years