We are a sophisticated, women-owned boutique firm providing legal services to U.S. and global companies. Our lawyers have represented a range of clients, some very large global enterprises while others are mid-sized or smaller U.S. based businesses. We opened our doors on June 1, 2012, having practiced together for a number of years as colleagues and partners in other Chicago firms.
Our lawyers bring a uniformly high level of education, training and experience. All of us joined the firm with many years experience, usually as partners, either in leading AmLaw 100 firms or as senior leaders in Fortune 100 corporate law departments. All of us have represented companies in substantial litigations or transactions. We have an unusual affinity for engagements involving science or technology. Some of us have advanced doctoral degrees or technical backgrounds of a level to be members of the patent bar.
We play an active role in advancing diversity at the national and local levels, through our individual and law firm activities. Our lawyers are frequent invited speakers at many programs about diversity in the legal profession and devote hundreds of hours to these issues. As examples, one of our partners founded the NAWL Annual Survey of Retention and Advancement of Women in Law Firms and also created the first ever National Survey of Womens Initiatives in Law Firms.
We concentrate our practices in complex litigation, compliance and corporate governance, employment, life sciences and antitrust.
Stephanie A. Scharf is a partner in Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, a boutique Chicago firm that provides legal services to U.S. and global businesses. She concentrates in complex litigation, especially in life sciences, business disputes and trial work, and in techniques to help companies avoid litigation. A member of the Illinois and New York bars, she has represented clients in federal and state courts in many jurisdictions around the country. Stephanie is especially adept at presenting complex scientific and technical matters to lay audiences. She is a prolific writer, with such publications as the PLI treatise, Produce Liability Litigation (Lead Editor and chapter author), and ABA monographs on Epidemiology and the Law and Toxicology and the Law (Editor and chapter author). Her recent CLE presentations have focused on jury selection and trial techniques. Before practicing law, Stephanie conducted national survey research in her role as Senior Study Director, NORC, where she helped design and manage large-scale public health surveys commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Stephanie received her J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1985 and a Ph.D. (Behavorial Sciences/Psychology) in 1978.
Long active in the legal community on issues concerning the advancement of women in the law, Stephanie is a former President of the National Association of Women Lawyers and founded many of NAWL's signature events including, among others, the NAWL General Counsel Institute, the NAWL Committee for Evaluation of Supreme Court Nominees, the NAWL Annual Survey of Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms, the Selma Moidel Smith Student Writing Competition, and such programs such as Take Charge of Your Career and From Backpack to Briefcase. Stephanie is currently President of the NAWL Foundation, which conducts research on the advancement of women and special education projects. Stephanie has also written seminal articles about how women advance their careers, including reports of the 2006-2012 NAWL Annual Survey of Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms and a report on the first-ever National Survey of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms.