Our Story


Our firm began on January 1, 1994, as Stephen A. Shechtel, Esq., attorney at law. In April 1994 the firm was incorporated as Stephen A. Shechtel, P.A. At that time, the firm’s focus was civil litigation and bankruptcy. In 1995 the firm grew with the addition of additional attorneys to include family law, personal injury, and administrative law. By 1997, the firm had continued its growth and expanded into estate planning, probate, and traffic/criminal law. In 2001, the firm became Shechtel and Sorrell.

In 2005, Mr. Sorrell retired from the practice. Shechtel and Associates, P.A. was then formed.

Shechtel and Associates, P.A., the focus is in the areas of family law, child advocacy, domestic violence, civil litigation, personal injury, corporate law (formation, merger, acquisition), estate and tax planning, probate, and the legal needs of small businesses. Operating in Rockville, Maryland, Shechtel and Associates, P.A. enjoys a great reputation in all courts where it has litigated cases.

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 on the aggressive representation of our clients’ interests. We provide a “team spirit” approach to your legal needs, which provides 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 of your case involve your individual rights or a business right, we will represent you to the best of our abilities.

– Firm Values

For over twenty years, we have offered legal representation to our clients that are professional, ethical, high quality and effective, all at affordable rates. We built our practice based on the aggressive representation of our client’s interests. Perhaps our values and philosophy are why we continue to represent clients who first retained us in 1994.

We provide a “team spirit” approach to your legal needs that provides you with the greatest attention possible in the most cost-efficient manner possible. Our philosophy is to provide you with the highest quality legal representation possible based upon your needs and budgetary constraints. We are also brutally honest. We do not encourage our clients to engage in litigation for the sake of litigation. That is not our style. We let you know up front whether your case has merit. We will provide you with an honest evaluation as to whether your case is worth the investment of the time and energy that it is going to take to achieve your objectives.

Our team spirit is also unique in that we do not hesitate to join with other attorneys who have a particular expertise that is specific to your case or needs. When you retain Shechtel and Associates, P.A., do not be surprised when we suggest to you that you allow us to retain the services of an attorney from outside our firm to assist. That is just one of the many reasons why we get results for you… just read the endorsements from our clients!

– Our Philosophy

Many of our clients tell us that we are unique because we focus on them as individuals. When you first meet with us, we will seek to find out more about you than just your immediate legal needs or situation. We ask questions that you may not expect from a lawyer. We want to learn about you, your needs, your family’s needs, and what it is going to take to put your mind at ease. Our goal is to find for you a sustainable solution to your legal problem.

We will help you to evaluate your entire situation, not just the immediate problem. Think of it as a forest versus trees approach. We work with you to focus on how to make your legal problems go away, for as long as possible, with solutions that are designed to prevent you from having to return to court over and over again. We work with our clients to solve their legal needs for the lowest possible cost in both monetary and emotional terms.

All About Us


See what our clients say about us, we have been known for doing what we say, aiming to bring favorable results for our clients in the most efficient manner.

“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!”


“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.”


“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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