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Practice Areas: Employee Benefits Law, Employee Stock Ownership Plans, Pension, Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plans, ERISA Litigation, ERISA Fiduciary Liability, Business Law, and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
Mr. Schechter has been a goal-oriented individual from an early age. As a child, he aspired to one day become a professional golfer on the PGA Tour. His desire and hard work to attempt that feat earned him a collegiate athletic scholarship and a spot on the Division I Golf team at Seton Hall University where he began to realize his academic rather than his athletic potential. While attending Seton Hall, Mr. Schechter took a course in Political Science where he developed a deep appreciation for the rule of law in our society and the importance of the judicial system within the United States where disputing parties can be heard and their differences resolved in a civilized manner. It was at that point that Mr. Schechter had a sudden change of heart regarding his intended career, choosing to major academically in Political Science with one goal in mind – to go to law school and one day become an attorney alongside his father whom he had personally witnessed work so hard to ensure the best possible results for his clients. He is proud to say that he has lived up to that goal.
Mr. Schechter's passion these days is helping others who face complex decisions involving the often difficult situation of securing a financially-sound future for themselves and their families. In doing so, he has chosen to focus his practice on legal matters arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (also known as “ERISA”). His day-to-day work consists of litigating claims on behalf of employees for workers' disability insurance benefits, life insurance benefits, and retirement benefits which have been wrongfully denied by their employers and/or large insurance companies. Mr. Schechter also assists in the designing and preparation of tax-qualified (or “tax-favored”) retirement plan documents including defined contribution plans (including 401(k) and profit sharing plans, among others) and defined benefit plans (such as traditional pension plans), and also assists in the designing and preparation of non-qualified deferred compensation plans for employers of all sizes situated throughout the United States.
A large portion of Mr. Schechter's law practice is also devoted, unsurprisingly, to the additional transactional work that is required for the employee retirement benefit plans he helps create, such as preparing required amendments due to legislative changes in the laws regulating employee benefit plans in order for these employee benefit plans to maintain the tax-favored status, preparing discretionary amendments for these employee retirement benefit plans when the employer has a change in circumstances resulting in a desired modification to the terms of the retirement benefit plan they provide to their employees, and preparing stock purchase and redemption agreements for the sale and transfer of shares between an employer and its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (commonly referred to as an “ESOP”).
More recently, Mr. Schechter has chosen to dedicate a significant amount of his legal practice to the preparation of state domestic relations orders and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (or “QDROs” for short) which are typically required in order to divide the retirement benefits of recently-divorced couples where at least one of the former spouses made contributions (or had contributions made on their behalf) to a retirement benefit plan during their marriage. He also reviews QDROs and state domestic relations orders that have previously been prepared by other counsel for compliance with the law and for protection of the interest of the ex-spouse seeking a review of a previously prepared order.
Despite his tireless effort and the natural affinity Mr. Schechter has for performing and providing the highest quality legal services to each of his clients (and the significant expenditure of time that involves), he still manages to do his best to get himself out on the golf course whenever the opportunity presents itself!
- California Western School of Law, J.D. – 2011
- National University of Ireland, Galway (International Human Rights Law) – 2010
- University of San Diego, B.A., Political Science, Magna Cum Laude – 2008
- Seton Hall University (Political Science) – 2004-2006
- California State Bar – 2011
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – 2012
- United States Tax Court – 2012
- United States District Courts:
- Southern District of California – 2011
- Central District of California – 2012
- Northern District of California – 2012
- Super Lawyers, Rising Star – 2016, 2018-2022
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of California
- San Diego County Bar Association
- Orange County Bar Association
- Western Pension and Benefits Council, San Diego Chapter
- San Diego Family Law Bar Association
- Cheap Easy Online Traffic Sch. v. Peter L. Huntting & Co., 818 F. App'x 683 (9th Cir. 2020)
- Micha v. Sun Life Assur. of Can. Inc., 874 F. 3d 1052 [published opinion]
- Wong v. Flynn-Kerper, 999 F.3d 1205 (9th Cir. 2021) [published opinion]
Recent Blog Posts
Congratulations to our partner Corey Schechter, Esq. on his completion as part of the first cohort of the The Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management Training ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership) Professionals!
EBSA Enforcement Statistics from Fiscal Year 2020
EBSA Enforcement for 2019
EBSA Guidance on Environment, Social, and Governance Factors for Plan Fiduciaries
Department of Labor's Plan for Targeted EBSA Enforcement
"Corey Schechter is the consummate professional, an incredible attorney and a genuinely kind man!""Corey Schechter is the consummate professional, an incredible attorney and a genuinely kind man!! He took my case, thinking it would be rather straightforward, but it turned out to be anything but straightforward. He was incredibly patient, kind, and represented my best interests every step of t...
Corey is very professional, extremely knowledgeable on the law, and is excellent at communicating with his client!"I would highly recommend [Corey] Schechter and his Law firm! [Corey] is very professional, extremely knowledgeable on the law, and is excellent at communicating with his client! [Corey] took the time to explain my case to me every step of the way and fought hard for me to get justice and fairnes...
We would recommend them for anything pertaining to ERISA Laws, as they really know their stuff…Having found ourselves in need of an ERISA Lawyer due to a Profit Sharing/Retirement dispute, we of course [G]oogle searched and found Butterfield Schechter LLP among a few other Lawyers, but after carefully searching out and investigating each company as well as reading their reviews we decided ...