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Dr. Stephanie Scharf



Managing Partner
Scharf Banks Marmor LLC


Stephanie A. Scharf of Chicago, Illinois is a founding partner of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, a boutique Chicago firm that provides legal services to United States and global businesses. The firm is one of the largest women-owned law firms in Chicago and the Midwest.

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, a current Commissioner of the American Business Association Commission on Women and a member of the Advisory Board of DirectWomen, Stephanie founded the National Association of Women Lawyers (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, and later received a PhD in behavioral sciences and a JD 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 United States government.