Stephen H. Schechner

Stephen H. Schechner

Managing Partner
Location:
Springfield, New Jersey
Phone:
973-671-1677
Fax:
973-376-5620
Email:

Stephen H. Schechner was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1970 following his graduation from Suffolk University Law School that same year.  He also received his LLM at NYU School of law.   In law school, Mr. Schechner was a member of the Suffolk University Law Review. Following law school, from 1970-71, Mr. Schechner served as Law Clerk to Honorable Milton A. Feller, Union County Superior Court, and Honorable Edward W. McGrath, Union County District Court, Elizabeth, New Jersey. Since completing his judicial clerkship in 1971, Stephen Schechner has been practicing primarily in the area of civil defense. Mr. Schechner received his LMM from New York University School of Law in 1976.  He worked at two prominent defense firms before opening his own practice in 1979. For the past three decades, Mr. Schechner has focused on representing health care professionals in all aspects of health care practice, including defense of malpractice claims, in administrative and disciplinary proceedings before State Licensing Boards, insurance company audits, risk analysis as well as the purchase and sale of health care practices. Within that area of law, Mr. Schechner has developed a particular expertise in representing dental professionals. He has an AV rating in Martindale Hubbell and is included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. In addition to belonging to a number of professional organizations, Mr. Schechner is also a part-time, non-tenured lecturer at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, where he gives lectures to both the dental students and oral surgery residents on risk management issues and privacy issues mandated by HIPAA.

Areas of Practice

  • Defense of professional liability claims
  • Professional disciplinary State licensing board matters
  • Insurance and Medicare/Medicaid fraud audits
  • Transactional law involving purchase and sale of dental practices

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1970
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2004

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1970
    • Law Review: Suffolk University Law Review, Member, 1968 - 1970
  • NYU School of Law, New York, New York
    • L.L.M. - 1976
  • University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1967

Published Works

  • Constitutional Law - Equal Protection, Suffolk University Law Review, 1968

Representative Clients

  • Princeton Insurance Company
  • Fortress Insurance Company
  • OMS National Insurance Company
  • The Dentists Insurance Company (TDIC)
  • American Association of Orthodontists Insurance Company (AAOIC)

References

  • Bank of America
  • Spire IT, LLC
  • Turteltaub & Sons
  • Robert A. Goodman & Co., LLP

Classes/Seminars

  • Non-tenured Lecturer - UMDNJ Oral Surgery, 1999 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Attorney of the Year for OMS National Insurance Company
  • OMSNIC Continuing Excellence Award
  • OMSNIC/Fortress Continuing Excellence Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, 1971 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate, 2005 - Present
  • Richard J. Hughes Inn of Court , President, 2005 - 2007
  • Richard J. Hughes Inn of Court , Master, 1994 - Present
  • District XIII Fee Arbitration Committee , 2006 - 2010
  • District XII Ethics Committee, 1997 - 2001
  • American Bar Association , Member
  • Union County Bar Association (Judicial and Prosecutorial Selections Committee), 1991 - 1995
  • Dental Risk Management Foundation , Board of Trustees, 1987 - 1992
  • Essex County Medical-Legal Committee, 1986 - 1991
  • State Board of Marriage Counselor Examiners , Public member, 1980 - 1984

Past Employment Positions

  • Superior Court of New Jersey - Hon. Milton A. Feller, JSC, Law Clerk, 1970 - 1971
  • Morgan, Melhuish, Monaghan, McCoid & Spielvogel, Associate, 1971 - 1979
  • Conway, Riceman, Michaels, Wall & Silver, Associate, 1974 - 1979
  • Self-Employed in practice, 1979 to present