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Bethany G. Shechtel is a native Washingtonian and grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland. Bethany is a graduate of Richard Montgomery High School, Towson University, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and the University of the District of Columbia Law School. Bethany comes to the legal profession with a strong background in education. Bethany worked for the better half of a decade as a teacher in both Baltimore City, Maryland, and Miami-Dade County, Florida, prior to entering law school. Capitalizing on her experience and background in education, Bethany handles cases relating to family law, domestic violence, guardianship, juvenile, and special education matters. Upon entering law school at NOVA Southeastern University Law School, Bethany was selected to be a member of the NOVA Trial Association, Vice-President of the International Law Student Association and an editor of the International Greenbook. Upon moving back to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area and transferring to the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, Bethany graduated top in her class earning Summa Cum Laude. Bethany, through the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic at UDC, successfully worked for clients at Due Process Hearings and acted as an educational advocate in criminal sentencing hearings, due process hearings, parole revocation hearings, and has worked with school systems both public and private to ensure success for the individual student. Bethany also served as a research assistant to both Professor Andrew Ferguson and Adrienne Jones* and was able to maintain a full academic course load while employed as a law clerk. Shortly after graduating from law school the American Bar Association published an article Bethany wrote on the use of neuroscience in juvenile criminal cases**. Bethany is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, Frederick County Bar Association, serves as a Board Member for the Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society and is active in the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association. Additionally, Bethany has been selected as a SuperLawyers Rising Star (2017 – 2019) and received the Avvo Client’s Choice Badge (2015).

Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

I represented a mother who had her world turned upside down when the father (her husband) had an affair with the teacher from their child's school. The mother was a student and employed part-time with two young children. She wanted to relocate out of the Washington, DC area to attend a better educational program (college) and to be closer to family. I was able to obtain an emergency order for her to relocate with the children. A year later, I am happy to say, her and the children are thriving in their new environment.

How did you build a successful practice?

One client and one referral at a time. We work hard for all clients no matter whether the case is big or small.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

Honestly, integrity, and someone that they can be open and comfortable with.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?

Very. The moment you walk into court everything becomes important: the law, case law, who the Judge is, what the evidence will show, and what the goals are.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

I will provide a background on the process and an evaluation as to whether or not it is a case we can handle, and if not, a referral to someone who can.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?

Who the parties are, where the parties are located, and what the potential client hopes to achieve by going to court.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

I work hard, am easy to get a hold of (no associates or paralegals to jump through before reaching me), approachable, and well known and respected in the legal community.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Being able to help others at the most critical time of need.

What are your other interests in addition to law?

I enjoy boating, flying airplanes, travel, and spending time with friends and family.

Are you involved in your community?

I am active in many bar associations and sit on many boards and committees within our community. My website outlines many of the organizations I am a part of.

Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyBGS Law, LLC.Rockville, MDPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of ColumbiaJ.D. Law School2014  
Towson UniversityBachelors2005
State / Court Date
Maryland2014
Florida2017
  • Simon E. Sobeloff Society | Board Member | 2015 - Present
    Maryland State Bar Association
    Maryland State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section
    American Bar Association
    Maryland Association for Justice
  • Rising Star | Super Lawyers | 2019
    Rising Star | Super Lawyers | 2018
    Rising Star | Super Lawyers | 2017
    10 Best Female Attorney | American Law Institute | 2017
    Clients' Choice Badge | Avvo | 2015
  • Shechtel, Bethany. Using Neuroscience in a Juvenile Criminal Case (August 2014). American Bar Association GPSolo eReport, Vol. 4, No. 1.
    Shechtel, Bethany. The Practitioner’s Guide to Special Education Law: Using Special Education Advocacy in the District of Columbia for Young Adults in the Criminal System, (2014).
    Shechtel, Bethany. Determining Your Own Outcome: The Benefits of Mediation in Maryland Child Custody Cases, (2014).
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2019-06-28Phone301-309-1440
2019-06-28Address17 W Jefferson St Ste 205 Rockville MD 20850 US
Bethany Shechtel
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