Firm Profile

Firm Profile


Mr. Shamis was born in Pensacola, Florida in 1949. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1972. Mr. Shamis graduated from Louisiana State University School of Law, Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1974, and entered private practice in Slidell, Louisiana. Mr. Shamis has extensive experience in civil litigation, consisting almost exclusively of personal injury litigation. Mr. Shamis’ practice consists primarily of automobile negligence litigation, tractor/trailer trucking accidents, medical negligence, premises liability, brain injury, and admiralty and maritime law.


Louisiana State Bar Association – Member; Elected to House of Delegates for 22nd Judicial District in February 1985-86, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1994-97.

Louisiana State Bar Association – Admitted 1974

Louisiana Supreme Court – Admitted 1974

St. Tammany Parish Bar Association – member since 1974.

Slidell Bar Association – presently a member; past President for 1978-79; Vice-president 1977.

United States Tax Court – Admitted 1981

United States Court of Appeal, 5th Circuit – Admitted 1982

United States Supreme Court – Admitted 1983

Louisiana Association For Justice (formally the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association) – presently a member; member of the President’s Advisory Council for 1980-81, 1984-85, 1995-96; member of the Membership Committee for 1984-85; Key Contacts Committee for 1985; member of LTLA’s Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Committee – 1990 through present; member of the Medical Negligence Section; member of the Auto Torts Section – Chairman of the People’s Law School 2000. Board of Governors 2003-04.

American Association For Justice (formally the American Trial Lawyers Association) – member since 1985.

Member of the Traumatic Brain Injury Group of the American Association For Justice.

American Bar Association – member 1987-1991.


St. Tammany Association for Children with Learning Disabilities – member and past President for 1978-79.

Board of Advisors of Holy Redeemer High School, Lacombe, Louisiana for 1978-79.

Boy’s Club – past member.

Children’s Wish Endowment Fund – member of Board of Advisors 1991; Member of Board of Directors from 1991 to 2012.

Southeast Louisiana Firearms Safety, Inc. – General Counsel and member.


Slidell Board of Zoning Adjustments – member for 1976-81, past Chairman for 1980-81.

St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District (Search Committee) – 1983-84.

St. Tammany Parish Ethics Committee – 1981-82 – Chairman.

Pope John Paul High School – Board of Directors – 1988-90.

Special Counsel to the Slidell City Council – 1984-88.

Special Counsel to the Parish of St. Tammany – 1981.

Special Counsel to the City of Slidell – 1988.

Slidell Bicentennial Committee – 1987-88.


Marquis’ Who’s Who in America – 55th Edition, 2001; 56th Edition, 2002

Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law – 6th Edition, 1989; 7th Edition, 1991; 8th Edition, 1994; 9th Edition, 1995; 10th Edition, 1998; 11th Edition, 2000; 12th Edition, 2002

Marquis’ Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America – 3rd Edition, 1990 and 4th Edition, 1992.

Marquis’ Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 22nd Edition, 1990 and 25th Edition, 1996.

Marquis’ Who’s Who in Finance and Industry – 29th Edition, 1995.

Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World – 12th Edition, 1994 and 14th Edition, 1996; 15th Edition, 1997; 17th Edition, 2001; 18th Edition, 2002

Martindale Hubbell – 1987 to the present.