Mark A. Schlechter
Practice Highlights

Worked for more than 20 years as a confidential law clerk for a judge in Supreme, County,  Family and Surrogate's Courts.

Featured speaker providing caselaw updates for the Appellate Division, Fourth Department Attorney for the Child Program, local bar associations, and the County Judge's Association of New York.

Worked as an attorney for Southern Tier Legal Services (now LawNY); as a Family Court Public Defender; and as an appellate attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Rochester.

Represented clients and obtained favorable decisions in Family Court proceedings involving custody, child support, child protective, adoptions and family offense matters.

Overturned a Syracuse University suspension of a campus organization in a NYS Supreme Court proceeding.

Works of counsel to Cole & Valkenburgh, P.C., a respected law firm in Bath, New York.

Senior Associate Attorney

Mark A. Schlechter

Practice Areas
  • Civil litigation
  • Appeals
  • Family Law
  • Divorces
  • New York State;  Admitted in federal Court in the Western District of New York
Professional Affiliations
  • SUNY Binghamton (1984)
  • University of Buffalo Law School (1991)
Community Activities
  • Bath Central School District Board of Education, Member (2012-2017)
  • Dormann Library, Bath, New York (2013-2018), Trustee
  • Career Development Council, Steuben County Youth Bureau, Volunteer
  • Little League, Cinderella softball, Kiwanis soccer and basketball, Coach
  • Career Development Council award for work with area schools
Mark A. Schlechter


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People-first legal expertise from a highly rated and accessible team.


Motor vehicle accident, including wrongful death cases:
$100,000 to $10.5 million
Medical malpractice cases:
$540,000 to $2 million
Other personal injury, including products liability cases:
$160,000 to $3 million
Civil rights, including sexual harassment cases:
$150,000 to $1 million
Prior results cannot and do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future matter, including yours, in which a lawyer or law firm may be retained.