Focused on Employee Benefits Law

Retirement Plans

We help establish a customized plan that meets regulatory requirements as a tax qualified plan. Following implementation, our attorneys can assist clients and their plan administrator with regular reviews and updates to help with regulatory compliance for the plan's operation, and continued effectiveness in meeting the client's specific goals.


We are dedicated to employee ownership. When you come to us for ESOP services, you receive influential legal counsel who stand beside you to help you stay informed, in compliance, and abreast of the latest developments-all to help you realize your plan goals as fully and effectively as possible.


A QDRO is a specially designed court order that is required for the division of retirement benefits in a family law case. Many family law attorneys do not possess the expertise necessary to divide retirement benefits or stock options upon divorce. We have extensive experience in dividing qualified plans, government plans, IRAs and stock options between the employee spouse and non-employee spouse.

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  • Helping You See ERISA Issues Clearly

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    Butterfield Schechter LLP works with clients to build wealth, protect the future, and retire comfortably by designing individually tailored employee benefit plans and helping clients prevent legal problems from occurring. Our long-term strategies mean your success!

  • Individualized Plan Design

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    Butterfield Schechter LLP provides individually designed qualified and nonqualified retirement plans to assist corporations and individuals implementing employee benefit programs.

  • Compliance and Risk Counseling

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    Butterfield Schechter LLP works with clients to protect fiduciaries and plan sponsors from breaches of fiduciary duty and to minimize the impact of litigation and government audits.

  • Integrated Business Planning

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    Butterfield Schechter LLP works with clients to design retirement plans, estate plans, and business ownership transitions individually tailored to meet retirement goals.

What We Do

Butterfield Schechter LLP is a boutique San Diego law firm that focuses its practice almost exclusively on employee benefits law. The firm's partners, Marc S. Schechter and Robert K. Butterfield, formed the partnership in 1998 with the goal of being the leading provider of ERISA and employee benefits legal services in San Diego County.

We provide top quality legal services to our clients across the country. At Butterfield Schechter LLP we take pride in offering comprehensive legal assistance in the areas of estate planning, employee benefits, corporate law, and ERISA litigation. Our experience in employee benefits law and business law provides creative solutions for the most pressing business concerns.

Our success is achieved by maintaining our cutting edge knowledge of employee benefits law and by maintaining a connection with the community through leadership and education. Our client base ranges through almost all sizes and industries, from sole practitioner lawyers and physicians to publicly traded corporations, and even members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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