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Stephen Alexander Shechtel

General practice Attorney at Rockville, MD

5.0   16 reviews

also known as Stephen A. Shechtel

This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 31 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 30 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. General practice
    30%
    Civil litigation and complex cases. Corporate litigation, breach of contract, fraud, debtor/creditor, collection defenses, collection of bad debts, and most civil tort claims.

    33 years

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    Last Will and Testament, Trusts, Guardianship, Power of Attorney, Advance Directive, Living Will, Tax Planning, Asset Protection, Probate, Will Contests, Caveats, Trust Accounting

    33 years

  3. Probate
    25%

  4. Family
    20%
    All family related issues: marriage, divorce, civil unions, separation, property settlements, alimony, spousal abuse, adoption, child abuse, child support, child custody, child access-visitation, child kidnapping. Pre-Nuptial agreements, domestic violence, guardianship, and more.

    31 years

The below is offered for informative purposes only.  Mr. Shechtel is in the process of retiring and is no longer accepting new clients. I am referring all prospective clients to:  BGS Law, LLC.   I thank everyone for your many years of support.   Stephen

Stephen A. Shechtel is admitted to the Maryland Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Courtof Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Districts of Maryland and District of Columbia, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Shechtel graduated from the District of Columbia School of Law, magna cum laude (third in class) in ived several law school awards including "Most Prepared" and Law Review. 

Mr. Shechtel was a Maryland Certified Public Accountant, and has held licenses as a: NASD Securities Dealer (Series 7 & 63), Mortgage Banker-Broker (Principal's license: FL, AZ, NJ); Certified Mortgage Loan Underwriter (FNMA, FHLMC, FHA, VA); Licensed Maryland Real Estate Sales Agent, State of Florida Health and Life Insurance Agent, and has completed trianing as a Certified Financial Planner, USCG Licensed Captain, and private pilot.  

Mr. Shechtel has received special training to represent Children (Best Interests Attorney for children), children in cases involving domestic violence and children of sexual abuse, International Family Law, International Custody disputes, representing Juvenile's and Children In Need of Assistance (CINA).  

Due to his education as a CPA, Mr. Shechtel has enjoyed a sucessful carrer in: bankruptcy law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection, and Probate.   

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Location

Shechtel and Associates, P.A.
110 N Washington
Suite 404
Rockville, MD, 20850-4240

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very pleased
I would highly recommend hiring Stephen Shechtel for legal counsel. After coming across a stressful financial issue, I reached out to Stephen. I had previously worked with his daughter, Bethany, for another case and received solid advice from her, and I had previously learned of his range of expertise. One of the things I appreciate most about Stephen is he is direct and honest- very helpful when handling a crisis that you’re anxious about. His legal acumen is apparent from the beginning and he laid out the options clearly. He wrote up motions and contacted the institution I was in dispute with and my issue was settled without litigation. I got the best possible outcome in a matter of weeks - during this pandemic! His support has freed me from additional financial stress and I am very grateful.
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Posted by Raffia | March 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and Friendly
My husband passed away, and I chose Stephen to be my lawyer. He helped me and my kids get our estate. He made me laugh; he is very honest and friendly. He heard about my situation and even though it was a very hard one, he solved everything as fast as he could. He gave me a lot of information; I learned a lot from him. His office is beautiful and comfortable. He always replies to my emails even when he is on vacation. Thank you Stephen for all of your help.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shechtel and Associates
Stephen and Bethany Shechtel are a father-daughter combo. I have worked with both and I am impressed, not only with their knowledge of family law, but with their commitment to ensuring that their clients are informed and represented to the fullest extent. They are very accessible and go beyond, not only what other lawyers would do, but what most people would do. This duo thinks and acts on the behalf of their clients so fervently and aggressively that you feel like family. I am beyond happy and emphatically recommend Stephen and Bethany Shechtel; I am less stressed and feel more protected since securing their services.
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Response from Stephen Shechtel December 8, 2017
We are pleased that you are pleased with our services. Bethany and I share a common goal to have you feel that you are being treated the same way we would be treated if we were in need of a lawyer. That is the golden rule, is it not? We are truly honored that you considered us to be a part of your family. That is the best recommendation we could possibly hope for. Thank you for you kind words.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Courtroom Warrior!!
Mr. Shechtel was amazing to watch in action. He worked quickly with this air of amazing, analytical intelligence. He possesses an assertive professionalism, plus a gleaming confidence- that must come from his talented skills and work experience. Truly a Warrior!! He stepped up for our family (family of 6-four of which are young children). Mr. Shechtel came to our aid during a very stressful and trying time. And despite the heavy weight of this situation that was hanging over us, Mr. Shechtel brought his positive vibe and energy. We glimpsed his quick wit and humor. All in all, he was brilliant!! We worked with his office, in a short period of time- four days (And with only two of which that were actually business days.) Yet, despite the short notice, he was willing to work with us. And best of all, he was able to secure for us a positive outcome for our hearing. If you are looking for brilliance, and a Warrior to stand for you, you have come to the right place. Do your best to prepare, and you will not be disappointed!!!
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Response from Stephen Shechtel October 11, 2017
Thank you for your kind words. It is heart warming to know when/that you are appreciated. I am glad that you were pleased with our efforts on your behalf. I will share with my office staff your review.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding service
Mr. Shechtel is very knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile for his clients. He has assisted me personally and my businesses with extremely difficult cases and won every time. He will make sure that you protect yourself going forward to avoid any future problems. Don't waist your time going anywhere else. He will not let you down!
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Posted by Jennifer Laskin | June 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Highly-Skilled, AMAZING ATTORNEY
Stephen Shechtel is a great attorney with a lot of experience. He is honest and will tell you up front EXACTLY what he can do for you. He won't charge for things you can do yourself and indeed, will even advise to SAVE you money and still WIN your case. He is also funny, which helps when dealing with a depressing divorce.
Posted by Alan | March 2, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Great Find!
It's rare to find someone who takes the time to hear your situation, give you advice, then tell you you don't need an attorney to go to court with you because he "...doesn't want to rip you off." Stephen saved me $750 by advising me what to do and telling me I could get it done by myself. That's refreshing. He's actually helped me twice without charging me a fee. I am pleased to recommend him to anyone and to sing his praises. He was recommended to me by Glenn "Rusty" Hall, a retired attorney from Rockville who practiced law for some 40 years. I am grateful for the recommendation. Stephen knows his stuff, doesn't beat around the bush, gets to the heart of the matter and advises you. He's terrific.
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Posted by Ben kifle | November 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best custody lawyer
I had to get my son away from his misfit substance abuser and alcoholic mother and was granted emergency custody within two business days of meeting mr. Stephen. He not only helped me locate and take custody of my son but he also taught me to become a wonderful father in the process by advising me of all my parental rights and responsibilities and teaching me all the steps needed to handle this case when we move forward in the future. I'm very thankful and lucky that I have the privilege of having mr. Stephen as my attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2015
Genuinely Caring and Extremely Knoweldgable
Mr. Shechtel has helped in contractual agreements for my business. He helped get me full custody of my son. He and his team have treated my family extremely well and worked. I can't say enough good things about this firm.
Posted by Bill | May 22, 2015
Best lawyer I've come across
Steve has represented me the criminal charges and divorce. I was innocent and he was able to prove that and all charges were dismissed and my divorce could not have gone any better. He provides advise for me on an ongoing basis whether it be legal, trucks i.e. Harley Davidson. I made a bumper sticker for Steve you see in his office "My lawyer beats your lawyer"
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Posted by ROD | May 19, 2015
investment advisor
STEVE IS A VERY ABLE LAWYER,COMES PREPARED FOR TRIAL. GIVES YOU GOOD INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOULD DO OR NOT DO WHEN YOUR ON THE STAND. I TEND TO GIVE MORE INFO THEN THE QUESTION NEEDS. HE TELLS ME TO JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION AND NOTHING MORE.
Posted by jose | May 18, 2015
My divorce and division of property
Getting divorced for first time was traumatic and confusing regarding my rights. He outlined my rights and posible options so I can decide a course of action. Mr Shechtel follow my wishes to a satisfactory divorce. His CPA background was helpful in counseling me about my business. I was very impressed by the way he trained young lawyers working in his office.
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Posted by Steven | May 18, 2015
An outstanding attorney
I have sought Mr. Shechtel's counsel on a number of business and personal matters. I have found him to be knowledgeable, attentive, and dedicated to my needs and concerns. Added to this he brings experience and common sense. He was sensitive to my needs and did not take a canned approach towards their resolution.
Posted by mohammad | May 16, 2015
Excellent lawer
I am mr Shechtel client for almost 10 years . He and his coworker are the best in helping client and explaining all the case to me , I am very happy with their help and talk about it with all my friend and family .
Posted by Khan | May 15, 2015
The best lawyer I know (and I know a lot of lawyers)
Steve is hands down the best attorney I know. As a client I have referred my parents to him and they have referred other friends. He has decades of experience, the judges in Montgomery county all know him well and trust him, he is a shark at trial and has a photographic memory so he knows the law back and forth. It's worth mentioning that, while I don't work as a lawyer anymore, I have a law degree myself and I am licensed to practice law in 4 states. And still, when I have needed representation, I have always gone to Steve because he's THAT good.
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Posted by Luciana | May 15, 2015
The best law service in the area!!
i had a great divorce process thanks to the office of MR. Shechtel. Him and his staff are great, and guided me through a difficult time. We're great with the process.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Shechtel & Associates, P.A.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Stephen A. Shechtel, P.A.
  • 1994 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Shryock & Assoc
  • 1990 - 1993
  • President
  • Ocean Atlantic Financial Investment Corp
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Regional VP
  • American Savings Mortgage
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Vice President
  • Life Savings Bank
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Sr. VP
  • Numerica Financial Svs
  • 1982 - 1985
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Education

  • District of Columbia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude
  • 1992
  • NASD
  • Series 7 Registered Representative
  • 1987
  • State of Florida
  • License
  • 1987
  • NASD
  • Series 63 Registered Representative
  • 1987
  • University of MD
  • BS
  • 1975
  • State of Maryland
  • License
  • 1974
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ward v Kennedy
  • Judgment for father.
  • Birach Broadcasting Corp v Capital Media et. al.
  • My client was dismissed on a Motion to Dismiss
  • Kasozi v Kasozi
  • Judgment for mother: full custody, child support, property awarded to husband for concealed property, attorney's fee and costs, divorce granted.
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Associations

  • Frederick County Bar Association
  • 2017 - Present
  • Simon E. Sobeloff Society
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Maryland Sportfishing Assoc.
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermens Assoc.
  • President
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermens Assoc. Frederick Chpt
  • President
  • 2006 - 2008
  • American Inns of Court
  • Executive Committee
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2004
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland
  • Member
  • 1994 - 1999
  • Sertoma International Clearwater Chpt.
  • President
  • 1987 - 1988
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Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys in Washington DC
  • American Registry
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorney
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Listing / Biography
  • Who's Who
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Past President
  • Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association
  • 2010
  • Past President
  • Frederick Chapter, MSSA
  • 2006
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • DC School of Law
  • 1992
  • President
  • Sertoma International
  • 1987
  • Listing / Biography
  • Directory of Distinguished Americans
  • 1985
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Suburban Maryland Homebuilders Association
  • 1981
  • Listee
  • Men of Achievement
  • 1978
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • State of Maryland
  • 1976
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (11)
Endorse Stephen
General practice Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is a very experienced and sharp attorney. He has always been available when I have wanted to discuss a legal issue with him, and he is well-versed in a range of areas of legal practice. He is a great choice for addressing many different legal needs, and I wholeheartedly endorse him."
General practice Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked in Steve's office for several years, and I found him to be a smart and dedicated lawyer. He always seemed to go the extra mile for his clients. He was also a pleasant guy to work with. I would recommend Steve to anyone with a family law or general civil matter."
General practice Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Steve. I've known him for nearly 20 years now, and have always found him to be a fair and zealous advocate for his clients. Always prepared, and knows his stuff."
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Stephen is a wonderful attorney. He gives the greatest advice, and I appreciate the fine things I have learned from him over the last few years of reading his advice on a wide array of subjects. I am sure he will do an excellent job for you if you select Stephen as your attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Stephen is a smart lawyer who has an excellent instinct for cutting to the quick of a legal issue. He has a no nonsense, take no prisoners approach to the law, and a commitment both to his clients and to the public, as evidenced by his responses in public forums such as AVVO. This Attorney knows the law - put his knowledge to work for you - before you see him across the table representing the other side."
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