Attorney Michael E. Shelton is uniquely qualified to help injured workers. After working in oil fields and similar settings for years, he realized he could do more to help other workers by founding the Shelton Law Firm. Today, he considers himself fortunate to be able to help clients from all walks of life.
Michael E. Shelton founded the Shelton Law Firm in 1974. He has over 35 years of experience litigating complex personal injury cases in Texas, Louisiana, throughout the United States, and internationally. Mr. Shelton focuses his practice in the following areas: personal injury, catastrophic injury, maritime injury, Jones Act, pipeline injury, construction injury, industrial injury, burn injuries, products liability, and trucking accidents.
Mr. Shelton obtained his Juris Doctorate from the South Texas College of Law and was admitted to practice in Texas in 1974. He is also admitted to practice in Louisiana and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Shelton is a member of the Houston Bar Association and the Louisiana Association for Justice, and is a Life Fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation.
Mr. Shelton has received an AV peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys. This is the highest possible rating available, indicating preeminent legal ability and the utmost ethical standards.
Born in Texas, Mr. Shelton worked on cattle farms and oil rigs prior to becoming a lawyer. He enjoys his work immensely and takes pride in fighting for justice for working people. In his free time, he enjoys hunting and traveling.
Appointments and Designated Counsel Positions:
Pipeliners Union Local 798
4823 S. 83rd E. Avenue
Tulsa, OK, 74145
Pipeliners Union Local 798 is the largest pipeline local in the United States, having over 7,000 active members. Their website advises members to call The Shelton Law Firm if they are injured on or off the job.
General Counsel, Texas Building Trades, AFL-CIO
1106 Lavaca Street, Suite 201
Austin, TX 78701-2171
The Texas Building Trades Council is the umbrella organization for all union crafts involved in construction, including asbestos workers, electricians, painters, roofers, iron workers, laborers, painters, plumbers and pipefitters, boilermakers, sheet metal workers, sprinkler fitters, elevator constructors, etc.
General Counsel, Dallas Building Trades
Dallas Building Trades Council
3629 W. Miller Road
Garland, TX 75071 75041
The Dallas Building Trades Council represents the same crafts as the Texas Building Trades Council. The jurisdiction of the Dallas Building Trades Council covers 26 counties in north Texas.
Sampling of results in cases involving injury or death to pipeliners:
Frank B. Hoke v. Brown and Root, ED of TX $1,685,000.
Back injury onboard pipe lay barge.
Kevin Machusak and Brandon Wireman v. ECCO Equipment, et al; Superior Court, Orange County, CA $5,625,000.00
Journeyman and helper injured in Utah.
Diane Mathias, et al v. Columbia Gulf, et al; Circuit Court Hardy County, WV
Burn injuries from pipeline explosion $10,000,000.00
Anna Mae Anderson, et al v. Northwestern Pipeline, et al; Superior Court for Washington State, Snohomish County
Pipeliners burned while lowering in pipeline. $10,000,000.00
Fred Statts, II v. Columbia Gas Transmission, et al; Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County, PA Pipeliner crushed on job. Verdict $2,274,502
Jack Brookens and Terry Bergey v. TD Williamson; ED of MI
Pipeline welders injured in gas pipeline blowout $1,600,000.00
Carla Palumbo as Administratrix of the Estate of Tommy Palumbo v. Carl E. Smith, Inc.; ED of TX Death of pipeline welder due to suffocation $4,650,000.00
George DeWoody v. Williams Cos.; Circuit Court, van Buren County, AR
Pipeline welder burned due to faulty lock out, tag out $8,500,000.00
James Whitley v. Chevron; Harris County, TX
Pipeline welder burned due to no lock out/tag out on line $2,650,000.00
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Pipeline Construction
- Maritime Catastrophic Injuries and Deaths
- Maritime Law
- Products Liability
- Texas, 1974
- Louisiana, 1977
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1977
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1980
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas, 1998
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2003
- U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 2005
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2005
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
- South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
- J.D. - 1974
- Lamar University
- B.S. - 1971
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Houston Bar Association, Member
- State Bar of Texas, Member
- Louisiana State Bar, Member
- Louisiana Association for Justice, Member
Pro Bono Activities
- Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation