Philip H. Shecter Link to: Randall Witte



San Carlos, California
President/Owner, since 1980

Phone: (650) 592-5676
Fax: (650) 592-5759
Email: Contact Me
Philip H. Shecter received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of San Francisco in 1965 and his Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of Santa Clara in 1968. He has been certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in family law, continuously since 1980.

Phil has also been recognized by the California Trial Lawyers Association in the areas of trial lawyer, general personal injury, product liability and family law.

He arbitrates civil matters for the Superior Courts of San Mateo County; previously sat as a Judge Pro Tem in the San Mateo County Superior Court, handling settlement conferences, the family court calendar, and trials; mediates disputes as a facilitator and collaborates cases.

In addition to lecturing at the College of San Mateo in both real estate law and personal injury litigation, Phil has been a guest lecturer before several of the local Boards of Realtors and has participated on a real estate law panel on KCSM, Channel 60 television. He has served as president and a director of the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the San Carlos Rotary Club, Consumer Attorneys of California and of San Mateo County. For three years, Mr. Shecter attended, and will continue to attend Summer Learning Forums at Harvard Law School run by the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative with programs on negotiation, such as "Beyond Yes: Deeper Wisdom and the Art of Negotiation," as well as other programs related to developing negotiation, mediation and collaborative skills.

He is attending programs through Harvard Law School's Harvard Negotiation Inside Initiative Program on Negotiation entitled "Beyond Yes: Deeper Wisdom in the Art of Negotiation." Mr. Shecter is participating in these programs in order to continue to develop his negotiation and collaborative skills.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Formation, Corporations, Partnerships, Agreements
  • Business Legal Matters
  • Business Dissolutions
  • Employer/Employee Contracts
  • Business and Real Estate Transitions
  • Selling Stock or Passing Ownership
  • Diversified Litigation
  • Trial & Arbitration, Business Disputes, Personal Injury
  • Trial & Arbitration, Malpractice & Property Damage Claims
  • Mechanics Liens, Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Construction
  • Fraud
  • Contractual Disputes, Consumer Actions
  • Dispute Resolution Mediation, Family Law & Real Estate Arbitrations
  • Divorce, Separation or Annulment
  • Property Settlements
  • Adoption
  • Spousal & Child Support, Custody & Visitation Proceedings
  • Enforcement of Court Orders & Judgments
  • Paternity Actions
  • Personal Injury/Property Damage Claims
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Consultation & Drafting of Wills, Trusts
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Power of Attorney, Handle Financial & Health Matters
  • Represent Will Contest or Claims Against Estates
  • Negotiate, Draft & Review Commercial Leases
  • Review or Draft Contracts for Purchase/Sale of Real Estate
  • Handle Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Negotiation and Collaboration Dispute Resolution in Family Law and Other Areas

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


  • Certified in Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 1980 - present

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1969
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1969


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California, 1968
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1965
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts


Representative Clients

  • Rogers Trucks & Equipment, Incorporated
  • William P. Lear, Jr.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Guest Lecturer, Re: Real Estate Law, Local Boards of Realtors
  • Participant Real Estate Law Panel, KCSM Channel 60

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of Recognition of Experience Certificates, California Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law, General Personal Injury, Products Liability & Trial Lawyer, 1979 - 1980
  • Recipient of Certificate of Recognition, Superior Court, County of San Mateo, Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, 1988
  • Recipient of Certificate of Recognition, Superior Court, County of San Mateo, Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, 1993
  • Commendation, Office of County Clerk Recorder, County of San Mateo, First Legal Education Forum, Law Workshop, 1988
  • Certificate of Appreciation, City of Hope National Medical Center & Beckman Research Institute,Contribution of Legal Services, 1990
  • Certificate of Appreciation, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, Continuing Education Law Panel Re: Family Law, 1981
  • Recipient of City of Hope Commendation, 1982
  • Certificate of Appreciation, San Carlos Chamber of Commerce, 1986 - 1987
  • Outstanding Chamber of Commerce Member-of-the-Year, San Carlos Chamber of Commerce, 1979 - 1980

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Carlos Chamber of Commerce, 1986 - 1987

  • San Carlos Chamber of Commerce, 1976 - Present

  • San Carlos Rotary, 1980 - Present

  • Consumer Attorneys of California

  • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association

  • Northern California Mediation Association

  • San Mateo County Bar Association

  • California Bar Association

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

  • American  Association for Justice

  • Center for Mediation and Law, Mediation Training Program, 1992 - Present

  • Consolidated Courts of San Mateo County, 1981 - Present

  • Collaborative Professionals of San Mateo County

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals


Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Scholz & Shecter, APC, Officer/Shareholder, 1972 - 1980
  • Basye, Prior, Kavanaugh & Clark, APC, Associate, 1972
  • Wilson, Jones, Morton & Lynch, Associate, 1970 - 1972
  • Robert L. Wilhelm, Associate, 1969 - 1970
  • San Mateo County Superior Court, Second Research Assistant, 1968 - 1969
  • Machado, Feeley & Machado, Law Clerk, 1967 - 1968


  • Phi Alpha Delta

Birth Information

  • January 27, 1944, San Francisco, California, United States of America


1313 Laurel St., suite #222
San Carlos, CA