The Firm

Shechtel and Associates, P.A., was founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1994 as a Maryland Professional Association.  The firm primary emphasis in the area of: family law.  We also represent clients in areas of: civil litigation, personal injury, corporations and associations (including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions), Estates, Wills, Trusts (tax planning) and Probate, and cases involving DUI/DWI.  The Firm of Shechtel and Associates, P.A., enjoys a great reputation in all Federal, State of Maryland, District of Columbia courts.

We offer our clients professional and high quality, effective legal representation at affordable rates.  For over twenty years, Shechtel and Associates, P.A., has built a practice based upon aggressive representation of our clients’ interests.  We provide a “team spirit” approach to your legal needs.  We provide you with the greatest attention possible in the most cost-efficient manner possible.

We know that every case or issue is important to the person who is affected.  Whether the issues to be decided in your case involves your individual rights or a business right, we will represent you to the best of our abilities. We are available in an emergency at any time.

Stephen A. Shechtel

Stephen Shechtel graduated from the District of Columbia School of Law (1992) magna cum laude.  He is admitted to practice before all Maryland and District of Columbia Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  Mr. Shechtel was also a Maryland Certified Public Accountant, and has also held licenses as: National Association of Securities Dealers Series 7 and Series 63 Registered Representative; FNMA/FHLMC/FHA/VA mortgage loan underwriter, Licensed Mortgage Broker, Licensed Insurance Agent (Health and Life), Licensed Realtor, and holds many other designations. He was a member (Associate and Barrister) of the “American Inns of Court”, U.S. Bankruptcy Bar, and presently a member of several bar associations.   Mr. Shechtel is past president of the Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermens Association; Frederick Chapter #22 of the Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermens Association;  Clearwater Breakfast Sertoma Club, Mariner’s Bay Condominium Association, and is listed in the Director of Distinguished Americans, Who’s Who, Men of Achievement, and other publications. In 1996, just four years out of DCSL, attorney Shechtel was awarded the Martindale “BV” rating, and he is a Maryland Super Lawyer.

Maryland Family Law Lawyer

With over twenty (20) years of litigation experience, we can provide you with professional representation if you are involved in a family law dispute. We place a premium on personal service.  When you retain Shechtel and Associates, P.A., you are not shuffled off to a paralegal, you deal directly with an attorney.   We pride ourselves in taking the time to really get to know you, your family, and the issues involved in your case.  We do this so we can fully understand the unique aspects of your situation to obtain results that work for you.  Remembering that “equity looks on that as done which ought to be done,” we take the time that to become fully vested with the information that will be necessary to present your case to the Judge.

We firmly believe that the attorney-client relationship must be built upon dignity and mutual respect. When you hire us to help you with a family law matter, you will be able to take comfort in knowing that we are always on your side.  We take a holistic approach to the practice of law. We study you and the entirety of your needs, not just one aspect of your case.

Our clients are amazed how we will work with you to fashion a resolution that is unique to your life, your children’s lives, and one that best suits your particular situation.  We take a custom look at how different resolutions of the issues presented by your situation may affect the other areas of your life, and those who rely upon you too.   We believe in open and honest communication at all times. We keep you fully informed of all developments in your case, both the good, the bad, and the ugly.  We work hard to keep you aware of various available options and the possible consequences of those options.

We at Shechtel and Associates, P.A. will be the first to tell you that any family matter, whether it be divorce, issues involving your child, or the guardianship of a loved one, are extremely difficult.  We understand that in any family dispute, whether it be divorce, child custody, or domestic violence, there is rarely a winner, and all too often, everyone loses.  We work hard to minimize the damage that results when a family is dissolving, whether it be due to a divorce, or for some other reason.  We understand the effects that the dissolution of your family has upon you, your children, and your extended family.  We know how destructive, painful, and stressful your situation is upon you and your loved ones.

Our holistic approach to family law is unique among family law attorneys.  Our emphasis is upon you, and only what is best for you.  Because of our years of family law experience, we are able to recognize what you are experiencing.  W we are one of the leading firms involved in the recommendation of specially trained therapists and counselors to assist our clients so that they can “move on” with their lives.

 In a divorce, custody and visitation decisions are only one part that will make up the entirety of your divorce.  In the vast majority of divorces, children’s are dominate.   As discussed on our webpage Children and Custody, child custody and visitation decisions are based on establishing an arrangement that are in the best interests of your children. There is no exhaustive list of factors that the court will use when determining custody.  Instead, the court considers the “totality of circumstances” surrounding what is in the best interests of your child(ren).

For more than twenty years, whether you lived in: Anne Arundel County, Frederick County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, or Washington County, Shechtel and Associates, P.A., has been there fighting for you.  We have represented clients come from all over the world, as well as just around the corner.  Whether you live in Annapolis, Columbia, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Olney, Rockville, Hagerstown, or anywhere else in Maryland, we are just a phone call or email away.