For almost 30 years, Mr. Schechter has prosecuted significant criminal securities, corporate fraud and public corruption matters. He has also successfully investigated and tried cases involving white collar fraud, civil rights, child exploitation, and human trafficking violations. From 1987 to 2005, Mr. Schechter was the Deputy Criminal Chief, a Senior Litigation Counsel and an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of New Jersey.
In 2002, he was designated a Special Attorney for the Department of Justice to prosecute the Cendant accounting fraud trial, one of the largest accounting fraud cases ever tried. Since 2005, Mr. Schechter served as a Senior Litigation Counsel in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut. Committed to the education of younger attorneys, he served as an adjunct professor for four years teaching at Seton Hall Law School.
For his last 20 years of service with the Department of Justice, he served as an instructor at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, S.C., teaching evidence and trial practice to Assistant U.S. Attorneys throughout the Department of Justice. During that time, he also served as the Department’s expert in the area of evidentiary privileges providing advice to countless AUSAs throughout the United States. In his almost three decades as a federal prosecutor, he has received many awards as a prosecutor and teacher, including two Director’s Awards, one of the highest awards given to federal prosecutors. Mr. Schechter retired from the Department in 2016.