Stephanie A. Scharf of Chicago, IL, is a founding partner of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, a boutique Chicago firm that provides legal services to U.S. and global businesses. The firm is one of the largest women- owned law firms in Chicago and the Midwest.
Scharf represents companies in product liability and mass tort litigation, consumer fraud, insurance coverage, and contract disputes. A member of the Illinois and New York bars, she has tried cases in federal and state courts in many jurisdictions. Scharf is especially adept at presenting complex technical matters to juries and judges. She is a prolific writer, with such publications as the PLI treatise, Product Liability Litigation (Lead Editor and chapter author), and ABA monographs on Epidemiology and Toxicology (Editor and chapter author). Before practicing law, Scharf conducted national survey and statistical research in her role as Senior Study Director, NORC. Scharf received her J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1985 and a Ph.D. (Behavioral Sciences/Psychology) in 1978.
Long active in the legal community on issues concerning the advancement of women in the law, Scharf is a Commissioner of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and also a Member of the ABA Presidential Task Force on Gender Equity. She is a former President of the National Association of Women Lawyers and of the NAWL Foundation.