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Butterfield Schechter LLP's success is achieved by maintaining its cutting edge knowledge of employee benefits law and by maintaining its connection with the community through leadership and education.

Rob Butterfield set a strong example of leadership early on in his career with his roles as the President of the Western Pension & Employee Benefits Conference–San Diego Chapter, member of the Administrative Board of the San Diego City Retirement System, Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association Taxation Section, member of the Governing Board of the California State Bar Taxation Section (and editor of its newsletter for one year), and co-founder and current “emeritus” member of the Board of Directors of Promises2Kids. 

Marc Schechter maintains his connections with the community through educational seminars and leadership positions, such as serving as a member of the Legislative and Regulatory Advisory Committee of the ESOP Association of America, and presenting continuing legal education courses on Employee Stock Ownership Plans (“ESOPs”). He has also taught the ERISA and Employee Benefits course as an Adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law. Just this year, Mr. Schechter spoke on ESOPs at the NCEO/Beyster Institute Employee Ownership Conference in Denver with over 1,700 attendees.

The firm has a strong commitment to training and recruiting from within. Firm associates all graduated from San Diego law schools and most started as law clerks with the firm.

Following the firm's dedication to connecting with the community, associate Paul Woodard has taken an active role in the legal community as the co-chair of the San Diego County Bar Association's Wills for Heroes Committee and as an At-Large Board Member of the San Diego County Bar Association's Community Service Committee. He is also a current member of the Western Pension & Benefits Council and was recently selected as Co-Vice President for Corporate Relations of the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce.

Everyone in the firm, including paralegals and staff, connect with the San Diego County Community. Currently, paralegal Kristine Custodio serves as the board advisor and is immediate past president of the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations and past president of the San Diego County Paralegal Association. She also serves as the Chair of the City of San Diego Citizens' Equal Opportunity Commission (an appointed position by the Mayor of the City of San Diego).

Leadership, education, and providing top-notch employee benefit plan advice are the keys to Butterfield Schechter's success.

“We are proud of what our firm and our attorneys have accomplished. We look forward to strengthening our connections with the community and helping employers achieve their employee benefit goals.”

— Marc Schechter


Wills for Heroes - Spring & Fall 2017 

Butterfield Schechter LLP is proud to support our local first responders. Our associate attorney, Paul Woodard, and members of our support team, Kristine M. Custodio, ACP and Nicole Sealey, volunteered at the local Wills for Heroes event in San Diego on May 20, 2017, at the offices of the San Diego County Bar Association, and, again, together with Michelle Ewing (paralegal/notary), on October 14, 2017. Our first responders are so vital to our community and this event allowed us an opportunity to show our appreciation to our local firefighters and police officers.  This is an incredible event and we are looking forward to future events! Wills for Heroes is a national nonprofit organization which provides wills and other essential estate planning documents to our first responders and their spouse or domestic partner at no charge. 

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L-R (October 14, 2017): paralegal Michelle Ewing, administrative assistant Nicole Sealey, paralegal Kristine M. Custodio, ACP, NBC San Diego anchor Liberty Zabala, SDCBA President Loren Freestone, and attorney/event chair Paul D. Woodard
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L-R (May 20, 2017): Attorney Paul D. Woodard, Esq., paralegal Kristine M. Custodio, ACP, administrative assistant Nicole Sealey, and Wills for Heroes Committee Chair attorney Dan Heilbrun, Esq.
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Urban Street Angels Dog Toy Drive

At BSLLP we love dogs!  We gave numerous dog toys, leashes, food, treats, and collars to the San Diego County Bar Association Animal Law Section, who hosted a dog supplies collection drive to be donated to homeless youth at the November 18, 2016, Urban Street Angels weekly Outreach event in Ocean Beach, California.

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Our Director of First Impressions, Shanta Robinson, with our office dog, Charlie

Wills for Heroes - 2016

Wills for Heroes is a national nonprofit organization which provides wills and other essential estate planning documents to our first responders and their spouse or domestic partner at no charge. Butterfield Schechter LLP was proud to participate in the Wills for Heroes event in San Diego on August 13, 2016 at the offices of the San Diego County Bar Association.  Our first responders are so vital to our community and this event allowed us an opportunity to show our appreciation to our local firefighters and police officers.  This is an incredible event and we are looking forward to participating again in the future!

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Pictured: attorney Paul Woodard, paralegals Michelle Ewing and Kristine Custodio as well as our Administrative Assistant Nikki Sealey


Feeding America-San Diego - Food From the Bar 2016

On Tuesday May 24, 2016, Butterfield Schechter LLP participated in Food From the Bar, which was a volunteer effort put together and hosted by Feeding America San Diego!  Our group, along with other various San Diego law firms and volunteers, helped make it possible for Feeding America San Diego to serve the 1 in 7 people facing food insecurity in San Diego County.  Great work you guys!

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Team Butterfield Schechter serving their community

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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