Top Attorney 2014: Finalist

Marc Schechter

Butterfield Schechter & Van Clief LLP

Education
Law School: California Western School of Law
College: Rowan University

Major Cases
One of my favorite cases was Wayne v. Pacific Bell, which permitted the Ninth Circuit to establish some standards for accurate disclosure to questions asked by employees about potential benefit plan changes. We went from dismissal on summary judgment in district court to a complete reversal and essentially a directed verdict in our favor by the Ninth Circuit. PacBell filed a motion for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court which was denied despite a conflict in federal statutory law and a split in circuits. That case has established some important authority on disclosure of benefit plan changes within the Ninth Circuit.

Professional Background
I specialize in the areas of employee benefits, ERISA, and business matters, with special emphasis on ESOP transactions. In addition to handling a wide range of business transactional matters, I have extensive experience designing, drafting and implementing all types of qualified and nonqualified employee benefit programs for my clients. I am admitted to practice before the courts of California and New Jersey; the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of California; the United States Tax Court; the Fifth and Ninth Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals; and the United States Supreme Court.

Professional Affiliations
I am a member of the San Diego County Bar Association (Tax Section); state bar of California; The ESOP Association (former member, Legislative and Regulatory Advisory Committee); Western Pension and Benefits Conference. I am an active speaker at national ESOP conferences have been doing that annually for 25 years.

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