Mark S. Schecter Schecter Law P.A.
“It takes your whole life to develop your word and your reputation. It takes a second to lose it.” – Mark Schecter
Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Meet Mark Schecter - a man who is known for his integrity, tenacity, and zestful approach to life.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, during his childhood Mark was an avid sports enthusiast. He played on every team he could and developed a particular talent for basketball. His love for sports has opened many doors for him both on and off the court. His athletic and academic skills culminated in a Congressional Appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), where he studied Marine Engineering. Impressively, Mark was the youngest student in the graduating Class of 1968.
Following graduation, Mark served three years of active duty in the United States Merchant Marine during the Vietnam War, followed by an additional three years service in the Naval Reserve, and earned the rank of full Lieutenant. While working as a marine engineer, he discovered the captain of his ship was intoxicated and trying to “ram the Rock of Gibraltar!” Upon his return to the States, Mark left the ship and filed a claim with the labor union. The union argued that he’d quit and was not entitled to benefits. Mark disagreed, stating he was “constructively forced to leave” due to an unsafe workplace. A trial ensued, Mark represented himself - and won! As they were leaving the courthouse, the prosecuting attorneys snickered “You’re just another (expletive) Philadelphia attorney.” Their condescending comment coupled with Mark’s righteous victory inspired him to pursue law.
Mark, with the same determination he’d shown during his athletic and military career, earned an academic scholarship to the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He was an Editor of the Law Review, a justice of the Moot Court Board, and graduated magna cum laude in 1974. That same year, Mark chose to make the transition from New Yorker to Floridian.
Eager to get his feet wet, Mark accepted a position with a small law firm and agreed to a base salary of $14,000. After he earned the firm $100,000 in his first year, the firm offered him a $2,000 raise that Mark promptly declined and tendered his resignation instead. He gave them six weeks notice. Six weeks later, Mark opened the doors to his law firm and was on his way to becoming a prominent commercial litigation and real estate attorney. His background in engineering crosses into his law practice – looking for efficient and effective ways to solve his client’s case.
Seven years later, Mark questioned what he felt was an arbitrary rule involving the AV attorney ranking. The AV rating is earned based on peer reviews indicating a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence, but required attorneys to be in practice for at least 10 years. Mark challenged the restriction arguing that since the AV rating was peer based, the restrictive time frame was unnecessary. The committee agreed. Justice and common sense prevailed.
In 1978, Mark married Karen – his soul mate for more than 3 decades. He’s the proud father of their son David. David’s excellence in sports (Lacrosse) earned him numerous college scholarships, which he declined, accepting the offer to attend Yale University instead. Post Yale, David and his friends rode their bicycles from New Haven, Connecticut to Portland, Oregon and raised more than $400,000 for Habitat for Humanity. David has also chosen to follow in his father’s legal footsteps and is currently studying law at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus in international law. No wonder Mark beams with pride when he speaks of his son.
Mark doesn’t think of his work as a job – it’s simply what he enjoys doing. Being an attorney is not about the money or social status, it’s about the law and helping his clients resolve their problems. He is driven, ethical, honest, and always puts his clients and the law first.
A superb relationship builder, Mark handles the complexities and unpredictabilities in life and work much like he approaches a sports game. For Mark, there’s no harm in being knocked down; there is only harm in not getting back up, learning from your mistakes, and moving forward. A champion for justice and fair play, Mark is definitely someone you want on your team.
Mark S. Schecter
Schecter Law P.A.
100 NE Third Avenue, Suite 620
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301