5.0 stars 66 totalReview David Schachter
Posted by Kate
After a brutal, contentious divorce, I was left with barely any visitation of my daughter and what may have been the world's worst parenting plan.
My former husband made my life miserable and my daughter suffered extensively in his custody. Other attorneys I'd consulted for a modification declined to help me, saying "it's too complicated" or "impossible".
The first time I called David's office, it was 4:55 on a Friday afternoon. I was hoping to catch his staff before they went home for the weekend or leave a voicemail to request a consultation. David answered. Spoke with me at length and told me he would help.
It took over 2 years in court and it was an ugly fight but David fought for us every step of the way.
Today I was awarded primary custody of our little girl. The impossible, my sweet child's happy and secure future with me, is now my reality.
David didn't just win our case, he saved our family.
Posted by Mo
Called David for some counsel/advice. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The best, don't hesitate.
Posted by Craig
I had David represent me for a contempt hearing and I had the opportunity to watch one of the best lawyers in action! His line of questioning was absolutely what I was looking for and he really listened to every issue I had to address. I will never look elsewhere and encourage anyone needing a true warrior that isn't afraid of a fight to hire him!!!
Posted by anonymous
David was fantastic to work with and always had my best interest in mind. I was the defendant in my case, and so needed to work with another lawyer to finalize my divorce case. He was efficient, detail oriented, and always quick to respond. He answered all my emails within 24 hours, and generally turned around any paperwork to the other lawyer within 48 hours. I would definitely recommend him to anyone, and even my ex-husband referred David, and not this own lawyer, when talking with others. I think this shows this professionalism and dedication to meeting this clients needs.
Posted by Craig
David was an excellent lawyer. I was a dad fighting for 50/50 joint physical and legal custody of my son. Very few people can say that they are almost 100% happy with all of the outcomes of their divorce, but I can honestly say that I am. I ended up with mostly everything that I wanted making only a few concessions.
Is David inexpensive or cheap? No. But I knew going in that as a dad trying to get custody of his kid I'd need the best and I definitely got my money's worth. I'd highly recommend him to anyone going through a divorce, especially a sticky/messy one.
Posted by Kathy
I have needed a family law attorney more than once. Fortunately, I have used David the last 3 times I needed one. The outcomes of all 3 of the cases Mr. Schachter handled for me were superb! My most recent case, my second divorce, ended up better than I could have ever dreamed. I strongly encourage anyone who needs a divorce attorney to hire Mr. Schachter. He is not the cheapest (and if you are looking for cheap then expect bad results based upon my past experiences shopping for a deal), but I believe he is the best at what he does. I needed the best, and I got him. David is attentive to detail and he knows exactly what needs to be done to obtain the best possible results. Based upon my own experience I think that others need to know the process can be frustrating and long, so be prepared. The courts are clogged with cases. The Judge takes a long time to do anything in your case. In my most recent divorce case it was 2 years too long. Patience and David's’ advice are the keys to success. At times I found the wait for a hearing date from the Court to be frustrating, but I listened to David when he reassured me and cautioned me to be patient. Strategy is important, and David knows strategy. I am so happy I listened to Mr. Schachter and did not let frustration with the process cloud my judgment. I followed his advice, and I ended up with Everything! And I do mean everything. The business, the real estate, investments and properties, the vehicles, and much more. My opportunistic husband had tried to take advantage of me. Mr. David Schachter exposed him. I know that if I had not had Mr. Schachter and if I had not followed his advice, I would have walked away with a far different result. David knows what he’s doing. Take his advice. Trust his judgment. In my case, Timing was key. Mr. Schachter’s timing was perfect, and now I can move on and enjoy the rest of my life. And I have a lot more to enjoy it with.
Posted by Justin
David has provided solid guidance to me from the beginning. He recommended a good private investigator, which paid off well. As a father trying to maintain a life with my children, I feel now that David has "connected" with my case, and truly wants to see justice served, over simply "winning" (though certainly one-in-the-same, in my particular case).
I appreciate that David sets realistic expectations, instead of making empty promises. He's not shied away from highlighting the difficulties and the uphill climb that I face, being a man (that's such a ridiculous statement to have to make).
Mine wasn't a very dynamic case, and there weren't any grand moments in the courtroom, but I was well-pleased with the way he represented me in court, and am thankful to have him as my attorney.
Posted by Laura
There is no other way to put this: Mr. David Schachter is simply the best divorce attorney around. Two years into my divorce case it became obvious that I needed a new attorney. By the end of the case, my divorce actually lasted almost 5 years because of my ridiculous, narcissistic husband, his antics, and my husband’s second attorney who took ludicrous positions and did not follow the law. Mr. Schachter took care of their games, he took them to task in court, and he got me a spectacular result that exceeded my expectations. David focuses on strategy quite a bit. I know understand why patience is so necessary in this process. Like others, I wanted everything to be over right away. If that had happened in my case, I would now be a pauper. I admit that my husband wore me down to the point where I had a complete breakdown towards the end of the case. I also lost patience too many times during the process. David picked me up when I needed it most, and he set me straight whenever I began to fall apart. People need to understand that courts can take a long time. David frequently tried to explain to me that it took a long time for my husband and I to create this mess, and that I had to understand that it can take awhile to fix problems that took so long to create. Quick results are rarely good results. If you are going through a contested divorce and you lack patience or an attorney that you believe in and can reassure you when you lose hope, you might as well throw in the towel. At one point my husband wore me down so much and convinced me that we had nothing left. I believed him and almost agreed to walk away with nothing. I literally lost my bearings and needed medical intervention. I was at my lowest point. I did not trust anyone a that point, not even my loved ones and I even questioned whether David was on my side. My husband had somehow played mind games with me and manipulated me into thinking that he was my only friend. He tried to take advantage of me when I was at my lowest point, and he was the one that got me so low. Most attorneys would have abandoned me at that point. Mr. Schachter did not. David is patient when necessary, and he was reassuring when I needed it most. David was supposed to be out of town with his family when I completely fell apart. Instead of leaving town when he was supposed to, Mr. Schachter made a house call with others that truly cared about me. He got me the help I needed to continue, picked me up when I was down, and gave me the strength to continue when I needed it most. By the time we finally got to court after 5 years, this process had cost me a fortune and I did not know whether I would walk away with anything. As soon as Mr. Schachter got started in Court when the trial began all of my concerns washed away. David had worked hard and he knows what he is doing. He was spectacular in court. It was impressive to watch him utilize his skills. My best friend who came to the trial for support and is herself divorced told David that she wished she had him when she was going through her own divorce. She watched the whole thing and she said he was amazing. Mr. Schachter exposed my husband for the moron he is, and he outdid my husband’s attorney in every way. The result: I walked away with more than I ever hoped to get or believed possible. I was awarded alimony for many years (though my husband tried to show that he had nothing), a big monetary interest in my husband’s business (even though my husband claimed it was worth nothing while fudging the books, which David fully exposed), and I received so much more. I got a fair and just result though I knew that that rarely occurs. I went from being convinced that I would be living in a cardboard box on the street to someone who is now confident with a secure future. I was impressed by David’s attention to detail. He is not cheap, BUT HE IS WORTH IT. Hire him and you won’t regret it. Schachter for everything!!!!
Posted by Lindsay
A year ago, my attorney only had to take me as far as mediation in a child support modification case. A week ago, that same attorney was representing, defending and arguing for me in court against the Defendant for issues of contempt. Let me be clear, David came to my aid when I needed his help months after my case was finished. My son's father came up with every excuse and tried to find every loophole he could to break agreements that we all signed off on a year ago; the opposing attorney excused her client and his unnecessary nastiness. David knew the battle, though likely hard fought, was important on so many levels.
David is smart. David is hardworking. David practices law and argues for justness.
Posted by Colby
When I visited David for a consultation, I noticed that sitting in his office he had a copy of "The Art of War" on his desk. He told me that the book was symbolic to him due to the intensity of the "battles" fought in the courtrooms. When I asked him what makes him think he could win the case for me, he responded "my fear of losing". Being a father fighting for custody is already an uphill battle. With everything that went on with my case, I doubt I would have won with anyone but David and his willingness to put up a fight even if odds are against you.