Marc S. Schechter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in San Diego, CA

Butterfield Schechter LLP
 | 10021 Willow Creek Rd, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92131
Phone: 800-513-7210
Fax: 858-444-2345
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2009, 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Employee Benefits (80%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
Attorney Profile

As partner at Butterfield Schechter LLP, Marc S. Schechter represents clients throughout the country in matters of ERISA and ERISA litigation, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), employee benefits, pension and profit sharing plans and business and tax matters. A regular lecturer and writer on topics of employee benefit law, he has also taught the ERISA/Employee Benefits course at California Western School of Law as an adjunct professor.

Mr. Schechter is a member of The National Center for Employee Ownership, the ESOP Association of America, the San Diego County Bar Association and its taxation section, the State Bar of California and its employee benefits-taxation section and the San Diego Chapter of the Western Pension and Benefits Council. He has been featured in publications such as the San Diego Attorney Journal and the San Diego County Bar Association’s San Diego Lawyer.

At Rowan University, Mr. Schechter earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1980, then obtained a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from California Western School of Law in 1984. While in law school, he was an active staff writer and comments editor for the Law Review, and he was given the Miller Tax Award for the highest tax course grade point average and the Scriba Regis Award for his work on a Law Review article.

For his commitment to legal ethics and professional accomplishments, Mr. Schechter is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell. Currently, he is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th and 9th Circuits, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California and the District Court for New Jersey, and in the states of California and New Jersey.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employee Benefits (80%)

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations

Focus Areas

Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations


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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2009, 2015 - 2019

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About Marc Schechter

Admitted: 1984, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Top Lawyer List, San Diego Magazine, 2017
  • Magna Cum Laude, 1984
  • Highest Academic Achievement Award
  • Top Attorney Finalist, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2014
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Scriba Regis Award, California Western Law Review, 1983
  • Miller Tax Award

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • San Diego Chapter of the Western Pension and Benefits Council
  • California, 1984
  • New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2000
  • ESOP Association of America (former member of the Legislative and Regulatory Advisory Committee)
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Taxation Law Section, Entertainment and Sports Law Section
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1996
  • The National Center for Employee Ownership
  • State Bar of California, Employee Benefits-Taxation Section
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1984
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Frequent lecturer at conferences designed to educate on ERISA matters with emphasis on ESOP and other employee ownership structures
  • Taught the ERISA/Employee Benefits course as adjunct professor at California Western School of Law.


  • Wayne v. Pacific Bell, 189 F.3d 982, opinion amended and superseded, 238 F.3d 1048 (9th Cir. 2000), cert. denied, 122 S.Ct. 40 (2001)
  • Meoli v. American Medical Services of San Diego, 35 F.Supp.2d 761 (S.D. Cal. 1999)
  • Courtney v. American Airlines, Inc., 40 F.Supp.2d 389 (N.D. Tex 1999)
  • Micha v. Sun Life Assurance of Canada, Inc., 874 F.3d 1052 (9th Cir. 2017) -- Unanimous reversal by Ninth Circuit of district court decision denying an award of attorneys' fees and costs incurred in defense of an appeal of a prior fee award by the district court. The Ninth Circuit held that a district court abuses its discretion when it fails to consider pre-appeal conduct in making a decision to grant or deny an award of attorneys' fees and costs in an ERISA action., 2017
  • Order Granting Plaintiff’s Motion for Partial Reconsideration of Order of Summary Judgment, Schonbak v. Minnesota Life, No. 16-cv-0295-DMS-JMA, (S.D. Cal. April 20, 2018) (Dkt. No. 98) -- On motion for partial reconsideration of district court's order granting summary judgment in favor of defendant-employer, district court reversed its prior decision that defendant was not serving as an ERISA fiduciary with respect to the conduct alleged to constitute a breach of fidcuary duty under ERISA., 2018

Representative Clients:

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Attorney of the Month Marc Schechter. Doing What He Loves . . . But Still Playing The Blues, San Diego Attorney Journal, Cover Feature, April 2014

Educational Background:

  • Rowan University, B.A. in Music, 1980

Industry Groups

  • ESOP Association
  • NCEO
  • San Diego Chapter Of The Western Pension And Benefits Council
  • San Diego County Bar Association (Taxation Law Section And Sports And Entertainment Law Section)
  • State Bar Of California (Taxation Section)
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Office Location for Marc S. Schechter

10021 Willow Creek Rd
Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92131

Phone: 800-513-7210

Fax: 858-444-2345

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Last Updated: 7/22/2019

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