Litigation

Paul Sterbcow Named To Deepwater Horizon PSC

HOUSTON - Judge Carl J. Barbier named Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris co-counsel Paul Sterbcow to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the Deepwater Horizon litigation. The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee position is highly sought after; more than 100 attorneys from around the United States applied to serve on the committee.

Sterbcow is the only attorney representing workers injured or killed in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion appointed to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee. The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee will control the litigation and conduct all discovery for the trial to determine the liability of the various parties in spring 2012.

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris has been at the forefront of the offshore drilling rig explosion litigation since April 2010. The Houston maritime personal injury firm's affiliation with co-counsel Sterbcow will ensure that the victims of this tragic disaster have an effective and efficient trial process, the firm said.

"Our experienced team of dedicated lawyers is looking forward to working with Sterbcow to recover compensation for the victims of the tragic Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion," said Texas personal injury maritime lawyer Matthew D. Shaffer, partner of Houston-based Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris L.L.P.

In 2008, Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris served with co-counsel Sterbcow in representing claims arising from the explosion of the M/V JILLIAN MORRISON. The firms obtained a confidential seven-figure settlement for multiple clients against Jillian Morrison LLC, Chet Morrison Diving LLC, Chet Morrison Contractors Inc. and Chet Morrison Services LLC.

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris has more than 45 years of experience representing victims of maritime personal injury and has always been a strong advocate and representative for maritime personal injury victims. Founded in 1964, Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris has represented thousands of maritime personal injury and Jones Act clients, receiving outstanding recoveries.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry; the explosion killed 11 platform workers and injured over 100.

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris is a firm of aggressive trial lawyers founded by Arthur Schechter in 1964. The Houston-based maritime law firm has more than 45 years of experience representing victims of maritime personal injury, providing services in English and Spanish (Espanol). The team of Jones Act attorneys and maritime lawyers has more than 100 years of combined experience in Maritime Personal Injury Cases and Jones Act Seamen Claims. Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris also handles auto accidents, construction injuries and refinery explosion cases throughout Texas.