Texas Injury Lawyer Ambassador Arthur Schechter: Interfaith Ministries 2011 Tapestry Award Honoree

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Ambassador Arthur Schechter, Senior Partner of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, was chosen as a 2011 Tapestry Award Honoree by Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston.

Ambassador Arthur Schechter, Senior Partner of internationally-known maritime injury law firm Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, was chosen as a 2011 Tapestry Award Honoree by Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. The event will take place May 3, 2011 at Hilton Americas-Houston, benefitting Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.

The Tapestry Award is an honor that recognizes community leaders who have shown remarkable dignity through tangible work for the betterment of Houston and the world. The event will benefit Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, a non-profit organization that brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service. The organization provides four main services to the Houston area: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston, Refugee Resettlement Services, Disaster Preparedness and Interfaith Dialogue.

This honor is part of a lifetime of achievement for Ambassador Schechter, both professionally as a lawyer and community-wide as a leader and philanthropist. In addition to founding Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP in 1964, a few of the many honors he has received include the highest civilian award from the United States Coast Guard and consistent recognition as a Texas Super Lawyer.

Schechter served our country as U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas under President Clinton. He also served Houston as Board Chairman of Houston METRO before triumphantly returning to the continuation of the law firm he started in 1964, serving as Senior Counsel and obtaining significant seven-figure recoveries for his clients.

The firm Schechter founded continues to make maritime history. In 2009, Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris obtained a confidential settlement for a young man who fell into the water off of a vessel and nearly drowned. The victim was not discovered in the water in a timely manner, which led him into a persistent vegetative state. The partners settled the case for close to $18M. This settlement is believed to be one of the largest Jones Act recoveries in history.

The maritime lawyers of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris have represented thousands of Jones Act seamen and other offshore workers, recovering outstanding amounts for clients. The Houston-based firm has over 47 years of experience representing injury victims worldwide.

The personal injury lawyers of Schechter’s law firm provide legal services in English and Spanish (Espanol), boasting over 100 years of combined trial experience. Find out more about Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris by visiting the firm’s website, via Twitter and on Facebook. All inquiries should be directed to info(at)smslegal(dot)com.

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