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Stephanie Scharf, a founding partner of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, represents clients in complex litigation, including business disputes, insurance litigation for corporate policyholders, complex tort and product liability, and class action defense. She has worked in federal and state courts in Illinois, New Jersey, California, Washington, Iowa, Michigan, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Oregon and New York. An effective trial lawyer for complex litigation, Stephanie has also been national coordinating counsel, regional counsel, science counsel, and a member of several "virtual firms." She is especially adept at presenting complex technical matters to lay audiences, and has advanced skills in statistical analysis and clinical trials.
Stephanie's recent matters include litigation over the scope of a multi-billion dollar bond contract, a breach of contract class action over distance learning programs, several multi-million dollar insurance disuptes for large public and privately held businesses, pharmaceutical product liability defense, and the defense of non-competition, trademark and copyright litigation. Stephanie also counsels companies on ways to mitigate business risks at the product or enterprise level. A frequent author and CLE speaker, she edits PLI's Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategy and Best Practices, is an Illinois Super Lawyer, and has been honored by several groups for her legal work.
Stephanie is one of the nation's leading lawyers for the advancement of women in the profession. A former President of the National Association of Women Lawyers, the first President of the NAWL Foundation, and a current member of the ABA Commission on Women, Stephanie founded the NAWL Annual Survey of Women in Law Firms, the National Survey of Women's Initiatives, and the first-ever Survey of Women as Lead Counsel in Litigation. Among many other activities, she designed and chaired NAWL's first General Counsel Institute, its Supreme Court Committee, and its Summit for Best Practices for Advancing Women in Law. Stephanie attended Rutgers University and Stanford University, received a Ph.D. in behavioral sciences in 1978, and received a J.D. in 1985 from the University of Chicago. Before practicing law, she was a University Harper Fellow and Senior Study Director, NORC, where she helped design and manage large-scale surveys commissioned by the U.S. government.