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In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII. Writing for the 6-3 majority, Justice Neil Gorsuch concluded that although the legislators who adopted the Civil Rights Act likely did not anticipate such an application of the law, over 50 years later, the plain meaning of “sex” in the statute compelled today’s result: “Only the written word is the law, and all persons are entitled to its benefit." For employers in states like Illinois, today’s ruling may not significantly alter their legal obligations.
Since its inception, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC has been a proud member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms. The message this week from NAMWOLF’s CEO was welcome, and we echo its sentiments and call for action. Scharf Banks Marmor LLC always was and remains a firm that believes in inclusion and diversity, and we add our voice to the call for substantive change and fairness in America’s legal system.
The Chicago Lawyer/Chicago Daily Law Bulletin names Partner Stephanie A. Scharf an honoree of the first Salute! Women in Law Awards.
On March 11, 2020, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative $70 million Fourteenth Amendment “due process” class action lawsuit against the Sheriff of Cook County, represented by the Firm. Vargas v. Cook Cty. Sheriff’s Merit Bd. et al., Case No. 19-1686, _ F.3d __ (7th. Cir. 2020).
A first-of-its-kind report was issued today by the American Bar Association and ALM Intelligence, entitled: “Walking Out the Door: The Fact, Figures, and Future of Experienced Women Lawyers in Private Practice,”
The Firm is proud to announce that Associate Morgan Churma has been elected to serve on the Center for Disability & Elder Law’s (CDEL) Young Professionals Board of Directors. Founded in 1984 by the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association, CDEL provides pro bono legal aid services to low-income seniors and people with disabilities throughout Cook County.
Partner Ted Banks will be joining an expert panel of representatives from government, private practice, in-house counsel and academia on February 11, 2020 for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Chicago Chapter/Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s seminar on “Understanding the Compliance Guidelines from the Department of Justice Antitrust Division"
On a recent Lawyer2Lawyer podcast hosted by Robert Ambrogi, Stephanie Scharf joined co-author Roberta Liebenberg and ABA President Judy Perry Martinez to discuss the findings and recommendations outlined in the survey report, “Walking Out the Door: The Facts, Figures and Future of Experienced Women Lawyers in Private Practice.” The survey of 1,200 women and men at NLJ 500 law firms who have been in practice for at least 15 years was sponsored by the American Bar Association and ALM Intelligence and shines a spotlight on the far less frequently discussed issue of the attrition of senior women lawyers who leave their firms when they should be in the primes of their careers.
Serving as Special State’s Attorney for Cook County and as lead defense counsel for Thomas J. Dart, Sheriff of Cook County, Scharf Banks Marmor attorneys had a string of wins in Cook County Chancery Court.
Morgan Churma joined an esteemed panel of legal technology experts for the November 21, 2019 Above the Law webinar, “How Mid-Size Law Firms are Courting Corporate Clients with Technology.”
Partner Ted Banks, a recognized author of numerous publications on compliance and antitrust issues, is a contributing co-author of the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s latest publication, the ABA Antitrust Compliance Handbook: A Practitioner’s Guide. The book is a valuable resource for in-house counsel and compliance practitioners charged with developing or updating their clients’ antitrust compliance program.
The Firm is pleased to announce that George D. Sax served as Co-Chair for the Fall 2019 conference of PLAC Inc., formerly known as the Product Liability Advisory Council.
Recent amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act went into effect September 29, 2019 and limit the use of wage or salary histories in hiring. In this Client Alert, Ms. Alexander outlines these changes and encourages employers to respond.
This year’s Keynote Address at the NAMWOLF Annual Meeting was sponsored by Scharf Banks Marmor and featured Yara Shahidi, actress, model, activist and breakout Star of ABC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Nominated Comedy Series, “Black-ish,” and her spin-off program, “Grown-ish.” Rebecca Ford, Counsel at Scharf Banks Marmor and former executive vice president for litigation and intellectual property at MGM Studios, interviewed Ms. Shahidi.
We are pleased to announce that Frances P. Kao has joined the Firm as Senior Counsel. As a former litigation partner at Skadden Arps, Ms. Kao started the firm’s U.S. dispute resolution and regulatory compliance practice in Asia-Pacific. With over twenty years of experience serving Fortune 50 companies, Ms. Kao acts as a neutral in private mediations and arbitrations. She focuses her practice on international dispute resolution, corporate counseling and compliance, with a special focus on Asia-Pacific.
Partner Stephanie Scharf was interviewed by Legal Newsline about Krakauer v. Dish Network, a Fourth Circuit federal appellate decision affirming a $61million class action judgment against Dish Network. Ms. Scharf is a Sustaining Member of PLAC and submitted an amicus brief in the case.
Partner Stephanie Scharf, Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, led the successful adoption of Resolution 106 at the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Resolution 106 urges employers to implement policies and practices to close any pay gap between lawyers who do the same type of work at the same level for the same employer but end up with a significant gap in compensation that can be traced to their gender.
The Department of Justice Antitrust Division released guidelines that outline what the Division expects to see in a compliance program that would entitle a company to obtain credit for that program. In this Client Advisory Ted Banks summarizes the guidelines and provides a form that can be used to apply the analysis questions provided by the Division and determine how they would evaluate an individual company’s antitrust compliance program.
The Firm is pleased to announce that George D. Sax has been named a Co-Chair for the Fall 2019 conference of PLAC Inc., formerly known as the Product Liability Advisory Council. PLAC is a not-for-profit association of more than 100 companies which manufacture, distribute or supply products and services.
Partner Sarah Marmor has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of the Court Theatre’s Producers’ Circle, a group of devoted and loyal patrons who support the creative artists and inspiring scholars involved in Court Theatre productions.
At the 70th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Eric Quandt was honored with NATA’S Professional Responsibility Award. Mr. Quandt was recognized for distinction in the advancement of legal, ethical and regulatory issues in athletic training and sports medicine.
At the 105th Annual Meeting of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois on May 30, 2019, Stephanie Scharf was honored with the WBAI Myra Bradwell Woman of Achievement Award recognizing her significant contributions to advancing women in the legal profession and joining a distinguished list of past recipients.
Partner Sarah Marmor has been named to the Crain’s Chicago Business’s list of “Notable Gen X Leaders in Law.” To qualify for the honor, an attorney must serve in a senior leadership position within their firm, mentor others and hold leadership positions in civic and community service.
The Firm is proud to announce that its long-standing client, Accenture LLP, has named Scharf Banks Marmor as a winner in its Outside Value Award Program.
Partner Sarah Marmor’s reflections on writing her senior year thesis at Princeton University were included in the Princeton Alumni Weekly feature, “The Thesis Challenge: Looking Back at a Capstone Experience.” Ms. Marmor, a 1987 graduate of Princeton, joined her fellow alumni from class years ranging from 1955 to 2018 and provided advice for the next generation of thesis writers.
Stephanie Scharf was invited by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation to present a mock opening statement at a Showcase Program of the Section’s Annual Meeting on May 3, 2019 in New York City entitled, David v. Goliath: An Opening Statements Showdown Between Small Firm and Big Firm Litigators.
In support and recognition of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Investing in Justice Campaign, Scharf Banks Marmor along with Grant Law and Zuber Lawler & Del Duca recently co-hosted a reception for corporate counsel and NAMWOLF member firms. 100% of individual contributions to the Campaign go directly to support the work of more than 30 pro bono and legal aid organizations and enables them to provide critical legal assistance to tens of thousands of people in need.
On March 29, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a putative $70 million class action lawsuit against the Sheriff of Cook County, ruling that the class-action complaint failed to state a Fourteenth Amendment due process claim against the Sheriff and his General Counsel.
On March 26, 2019 the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed dismissal of a putative $15 million class action lawsuit against the Sheriff of Cook County, ruling that the de facto officer doctrine barred a correctional officer’s class-action challenge to disciplinary decisions of the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board rendered between 2011 and 2015.
Partner Stephanie Scharf moderated DirectWomen’s regional program, “Breaking into the Boardroom: the Pathways and the Process.” The seminar was held on April 3, 2019 and was hosted by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Stephanie Scharf Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, discussed a new project aimed at giving actionable advice to law firm leaders and women lawyers about engaging male colleagues in new strategies for leveling the legal playing field.
The Firm is proud to announce that George D. Sax has been named a Sustaining Member of PLAC Inc., formerly known as the Product Liability Advisory Council.
Counsel Christian Liipfert gave the keynote address kicking off Iron Mountain’s 2019 Education Series. A renowned expert on Information Governance, Mr. Liipfert highlighted the events that made the news in 2018 and will have an impact on Information Management practices in 2019.
At our recent Oscars Preview Party Scharf Bank Marmor Attorney Rebecca Ford, Movie Critic for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Gary Zidek, Cultural Critic and Host of “The Arts Section” on WDCB 90.7/90.9 led a lively discussion of the 2019 Oscar Contenders.
Partner Deirdre Fox and her fellow panelists dove deep and provided insights into critical and pivotal issues and strategies in multi-district litigation (“MDL”) at The National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firm’s Driving Diversity & Leadership Conference on February 18, 2019.
Scharf Banks Marmor LLC recently won a motion to disqualify plaintiff’s counsel in a federal employment action before Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer in Nawara v. County of Cook, et al., Case No. 17-cv-2393 (N.D. Ill.)
On December 17, 2018, the Appellate Court of Illinois (First District) held that the de facto officer doctrine should be applied to bar a challenge by a correctional officer to the constitution of the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board. Steven Cruz v. Thomas J. Dart, et al., 2018 IL App (1st) 170915-U.
The respondent in discovery procedure for identifying and pursuing defendants in Illinois is unusual (if not unique) among the states. Zealous litigators may find themselves hamstrung by the Statute's procedural limitations. Understanding the Statute and its implications is the first step to providing sound strategic guidance to clients.
Partner Sarah Marmor was elected as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Lawyers for the Creative Arts. A passionate advocate of the arts, Ms. Marmor has been a Board member of LCA since 2013.
Partner Stephanie Scharf is featured in two interviews aired on Start TV, a new national network targeting women viewers. The vignettes offer network viewers stories about influential women and how they got their start.
Rhonda Coleman, Attorney at Scharf Banks Marmor, has been appointed General Counsel of Moon Meals. LaForce Baker, Founder and CEO of Moon Meals stated, “Ms. Coleman provides amazing customer service by applying the law in a way that helps protect and grow our business. We are lucky to have Rhonda on the Moon Meals team!”
Attorney George D. Sax served on the Reunion Committee (Midwest Lead) for the 15th Reunion of Stanford Law School’s Class of 2003.
On August 29, 2018, the Appellate Court of Illinois (First District) upheld a decision by the Sheriff’s Merit Board of Cook County to fire a deputy sheriff after he had violated Sheriff’s rules and regulations, even though a previous appellate court had found the board to be improperly constituted. Miguel Lopez v. Thomas J. Dart, et al., 2018 IL App (1st) 170733-U. T
Scharf Banks Marmor joined in celebrating the accomplishments of the Lawyers for the Creative Arts at its Annual Benefit Luncheon on November 1, 2018. Partner Sarah Marmor serves as a Board Member of LCA and Past Chair of the Annual Benefit Luncheon.
Partner Stephanie Scharf, Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Law, spearheaded the adoption of Resolution 300 by the House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, August 6, 2018. The Resolution urges law firms to end mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims.
Partner Ted Banks was recently interviewed by Adam Turteltaub, Vice President of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics. In its “Compliance Perspective” podcast Mr. Banks provided advice to compliance officers on how to balance their obligations to the company, to the public at large and to the compliance profession.
Partner Deirdre Fox was recently interviewed in Voyage Chicago’s “Thought Provokers” series where she discusses balancing art and the law. The series celebrates the artistic soul of Chicago. Ms. Fox focuses her art on environmental issues of sustainability and reuse.
In his feature article published on June 5, 2018 in the American Bar Association’s International Law News. Aaron Schildhaus reviews some of the provisions of the GDPR that are important for US and other entities world-wide to know. Mr. Schildhaus recommends that companies outside of Europe refer to the provisions of the GDPR as setting an international standard for best practices.
Partner Deirdre Fox’s sculptural corner drawing, Hold the Corner, has been selected for inclusion in the 24th Evanston & Vicinity Biennial Art Exhibition. The Biennial is one of the Midwest’s largest and most prestigious juried exhibitions. Ms. Fox maintains a thriving artist studio at Mana Contemporary in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
Stephanie Scharf, Partner and Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, served as panel moderator for the ABA webinar, “The Shameful Truth: Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession.” The webinar, held May 23, 2018, was the fourth of six webinars in the ABA’s six-part series on different aspects of sexual harassment, sexual assault and evolution of the law.
Partner Deirdre Fox’s environmentally inspired art installations were featured at Mana Contemporary Miami in downtown Miami at the culmination of Ms. Fox’s May artist residency in May. Ms. Fox turned plastic bags, bottles and other scraps into room size site-specific wall drawings in the converted mall in Downtown Miami.
Partner Ted Banks will be a member of PLI’s 2018 Antitrust Law & Regulation Program Faculty on April 16, 2018 in New York. This year’s program will examine recent developments in several key areas of antitrust reflected in recent decisions as well as vigorous enforcement in the US and around the world.
On April 12, 2018, Partner Stephanie Scharf addressed an audience of over 450 attorneys attending the “May It Please the Court” Symposium at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The program, which featured notable members of the judiciary, chief legal officers and law firm leaders, addressed strategies and best practices to empower women as lead counsel and trial counsel in litigation.
Partner Ted Banks participated as a featured panelist in the Public Roundtable Discussion on Criminal Antitrust Compliance held at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., on April 9, 2018. With more than forty years of experience in the field of antitrust compliance, Mr. Banks was among a small group of distinguished experts selected for participation in the day-long program.
Chaired by Partner Sarah Marmor, the Court Theatre’s 2018 Gala, “Tonight, Tonight,” was a smashing success. Over 300 people attended the black-tie event on April 7, 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Chicago. Proceeds from the event supported Court Theatre’s artistic initiatives and community programs. Highlights of the evening included performances from the classical musical West Side Story, honoring Allstate Insurance Corporation for its eight-year partnership and support of Court’s Education Initiative and a tribute to the late Executive Director, Stephen J. Albert.
Scharf Banks Marmor partner Ted Banks was quoted in an article that appeared in Law360 about the move from a law firm to a corporate law department.
Partner Ted Banks has written a multi-part column for the Compliance & Ethics Blog of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics on dealing with short-term oriented managers.
Rebecca Ford, Of Counsel at Scharf Banks Marmor and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Movie Critic, has been named as a Finalist for the 2018 Lisagor Award by the Headline Club of Chicago. Ms. Ford was nominated in the Best Commentary category. Each year the Lisagor Awards, named for longtime Chicago Daily News Washington bureau chief Peter Lisagor, honors the best journalism in Illinois and northwest Indiana
Christian Liipfert presented “Headlines: A Year’s Worth of Information Governance Failures” at the 2018 ARMA Houston Annual Spring Conference. Established in 1955 with over 10,000 members in the United States, Canada and 30 other countries, ARMA International is a not-for-profit professional association and an authority on managing records and information - paper and electronic.
In her first “Perspectives” newsletter column Partner Stephanie Scharf, Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, describes some recent actions that the Commission has taken to blunt the impact of sexual harassment at work, along with research and publications that help women lawyers advance in their careers.
Partner Ted Banks was interviewed by Adam Turteltaub, Vice President of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics. SCCE helps its membership of over 5,800 Compliance Officers and staff protect their companies and meet regulatory requirements through education, training and certification. In its “Compliance Perspectives” podcast, Mr. Banks discussed some of the key considerations professionals should be aware of as they move from a legal role to a compliance role.
Partner Sarah Marmor has been selected to lead the Court Theatre’s 2018 Gala Committee. A passionate advocate for the arts, Ms. Marmor also serves on the Theatre’s Board of Directors. The Gala, entitled “Tonight, Tonight,” is Court Theatre’s flagship fundraising event of the year and will feature performances from the classical musical West Side Story. The black-tie signature event will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 6pm at the Ritz Carlton, Chicago
Aaron Schildhaus, Counsel at Scharf Banks Marmor, authored an article entitled “Impacting Your Company in Just a Few Months - the GDPR!" Published in the American Bar Association Section of International Law Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Rights Committee Newsletter, the article discusses the risk companies need to address in light of this new regulation.
Mana Contemporary Chicago in partnership with the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation announced that Partner Deirdre Fox is a recipient of the 2018 Artist Residency. Candidates for the program were selected based on a portfolio review and statement of purpose. Ms. Fox will participate in a three-week residency at Mana Miami.
George D. Sax judged one of the five regional championship rounds of the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competiiton for law students on February 18, 2018. Two-person teams of top law students from across the country engaged in a simulated United States Supreme Court oral argument at the Everette Mckinley Dirksen United States Courthouse in Chicago.
Scharf Banks Marmor congratulates our Partner, Deidre A. Fox, on her appointment as the new Co-Chair of the National Association of Women and Minority Owned Law Firm’s Product Liability Practice Area Committee. Service to the bar has been an important part of Ms. Fox’s professional career. She assumes this new leadership position following her recently completed term as Chair of the Ilinois State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section Council.
The American Bar Association has adopted a new Resolution about the policies and procedures for all employers, including legal employers, to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Resolution 302 became an official policy of the ABA on February 5, at its 2018 Midyear Meeting, where it was passed unanimously by the ABA House of Delegates.
On Monday, January 29, 2018 Rebecca Ford appeared on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight providing her insights on issues of diversity and inclusion with regard to this year’s Oscar nominations. Ms. Ford, Counsel at Scharf Banks Marmor, is the film critic for The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The segment, hosted by WTTW Correspondent Paris Schutz, also included Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips.
Counsel, Aaron Schildhaus, authored an article entitled “EU-US Privacy Shield: Will it shield you from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?” The article was published in the American Bar Association Section of International Law Europe Update, Data Privacy Edition, February, 2018.
Counsel George D. Sax judged the semifinal round of the American Bar Association's Law Student National Negotiation Competition which took place at ABA headquarters in Chicago on February 3-4, 2018. The competition brought in two-person teams of top law students from across the country to engage in simulated contract and settlement negotiation to practice and hone their skills.
Distinguished lawyers from all sectors of the legal profession gathered at Harvard Law School on Nov. 8, 2017 to discuss a problem that has affected the legal profession for decades —experienced women leaving the legal profession in substantial numbers.
Partner Ted Banks authored the chapter, “Cybersecurity for the Little Guys,” in the Cybersecurity Handbook, recently published by the American Bar Association Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.
Sarah R. Marmor has joined the Court Theatre’s Board of Trustees. Established in 1955, Court Theatre is the University of Chicago’s Center for Classic Theatre. The Court Board of Trustees works in close concert with the University of Chicago, which bears final fiduciary and legal responsibility and authority for the theatre. Together, the Board and University guide Court’s mission and vision.
On October 12, 2017, Partner Ted Banks was a lead moderator and Christian Liipfert (Counsel) was one of the discussion leaders for Today's General Counsel and Institute forum on Compliance and Ethics.
Founding Partner Stephanie Scharf was a panelist at the Women, Influence and Power in the Law conference October 10-12, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The conference, sponsored by InsideCounsel and Corporate Counsel magazines is a global forum facilitating women-to-women exchange on leadership and legal issues.
As part of its video training program on diversity and inclusion, Partner Ted Banks was interviewed by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism on October 11, 2017.
Partner Ted Banks spoke on a panel at the annual meeting of the International Competition Network (ICN), held in Ottawa, Canada on October 7, 2017. Ted’s panel addressed how small companies can implement effective antitrust compliance programs.
Ted Banks chaired a panel at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Restoring Trust in Your Hotline: Protecting Whistleblowers from Retaliation after Wells Fargo.
Scharf Banks Marmor hosted a reception on September 26, 2017 for Women Owned Law, a new national organization for women owned law and legal services firms and their supporters.
On August 31, 2017, Marilyn Chimes will lend her unique perspective as a laboratory animal veterinarian and lawyer to an educational program on The Law and Bioethics of Using Animals in Research, sponsored by the Animal Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar.
Stephanie Scharf was selected by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of Chicago’s Most Influential Female Lawyers. Crain’s highlighted Ms. Scharf for her skill as a trial lawyer and her role as a national bar leader.
On July 27, 2017 clients, friends and colleagues of the firm gathered to celebrate Scharf Bank Marmor’s fifth anniversary and recognize its achievement on becoming Chicago’s largest women-owned law firm.
Ted Banks is quoted about the reasons why a company might set aside a reserve to cover possible expenses due to antitrust litigation.
We are pleased to welcome Deirdre A. Fox as a Partner with the firm.
Corinne C. Heggie was sworn in as the Second Vice President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI).
Partner Stephanie A Scharf is profiled in the Chicago Lawyer June 2017 cover story on “The Certification Question.”
We are pleased to announce that Aaron Schildhaus has joined the Firm as Counsel.
Congratulations to George D. Sax for receiving an Excellence in Pro Bono Service award from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Federal Bar Association.
Scharf Banks Marmor LLC was among the prominent Chicago firms featured in the Wall Street Journal.
Congratulations to partner Stephanie Scharf for receiving the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) 2017 Public Service Award.
Christian Liipfert will be speaking on Information Governance at the ARMA Houston Spring Conference coming up on April 25-26, 2017.
Counsel Deirdre Fox spoke on February 1, 2017 as a part of the Illinois State Bar Association’s live Continuing Legal Education program on Cybersecurity.
Partner Ted Banks was quoted in an article from Compliance Week about the ‘Internet of Things.'
Partner Ted Banks was a guest on a recent “Compliance Beat” Podcast where he discussed a number of issues related to compliance.
Rebecca L. Ford, was chosen to serve as a judge for the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition.
Firm Attorneys Ted Banks, Corinne Heggie and George Sax moderateToday’s General Counsel Institute compliance and ethics forum in Chicago.
Attorney Corinne C. Heggie was a featured speaker during the live webinar, Vicarious Liability and Collections.
Partner Ted Banks, along with other compliance attorneys, weighed in on the significance of the Plantronics decision as well as precautions to ensure compliance with e-Discovery demands in a recent Compliance Week article.
Rebecca L. Ford is the new film critic for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
George Sax was invited to speak at an American Arbitration Association (AAA) roundtable luncheon held in Chicago on October 13, 2016.
The Firm is pleased to announce that it now offers corporate clients a full service pay equity practice.
Partner Sarah Marmor offered insights about 4 Questions Employers Should Ask About Trump Plans in a recent Law360 article.
Partner Stephanie Scharf was an invited panelist at two conferences in November 2016, where she discussed her innovative research, First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table.
Partner Stephanie A Scharf along with N. Nate Saint Victor, Executive Director of Morgan Stanley’s Legal Department and Antonio C. Castro, Managing Partner of Zumpano Castro, LLC have authored a new publication for the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms.
Scharf Banks Marmor Partner Sarah Marmor was a guest on public radio station Vocalo the day after the 2016 presidential election to discuss the surprising results and what may happen next.
Corinne C. Heggie has been appointed Co-Chair of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois In-House Committee for 2016-2017 bar year.
Stephanie Scharf, founding partner, was featured in the recent University of Chicago Law School Record as one of 8 lawyers in the Class of 1985 who took varied career paths.
We are pleased to announce that Rebecca L. Ford has joined the Firm as Counsel.
Corinne Heggie presented Meredith Ritchie, Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of Alliant Credit Union with the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois'.
On September 20, 2016, Corinne C. Heggie was installed as the Third Vice President of the North Suburban Bar Association (“NSBA”) for the 2016-2017 bar year.
Deirdre Fox spoke about Employment Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, and Data Security.
Corinne C. Heggie spoke at the National Creditors Bar Association’s Fall 2016 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We are pleased to announce that Corinne C. Heggie has joined the Firm as Counsel.
Stephanie Scharf, just completed her service as an Advisor to the ABA Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission, a special ABA Presidential Commission formed by 2015-2016 President Paulette Brown.
Partner Ted Banks was recently quoted in a Law360 article, “How Buffett’s Compliance Guide May Let GCs Down.”
Counsel Deirdre Fox’s art installation, This Was Not A Fishing Line, was featured in New Business at Hyde Park Art Center.
Partner Ted Banks was featured twice as an author in the June issue of Business Law Today.
Partner Ted Banks moderated a session at the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Food & Supplements Sixth Annual Workshop in Purchase, New York on June 14, 2016.
Friends of the Firm gave rave reviews to Scharf Banks Marmor’s new “Beyond the Law” event series.
Partner Sarah Marmor quoted in The Reader about abuse in a Chicago theater.
Counsel Deirdre Fox and Jamal Edwards spoke about Huawei Technologies’ recently filed patent infringement suit against Samsung.
n the May 2016 issue of The American Lawyer, Partner Stephanie Scharf was featured in the article, “Too Few Women in Court” which focused on Ms. Scharf’s innovative report, “First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table.”
Partner Ted Banks, along with Andy Hinton, Vice President, Ethics & Compliance at Google, Inc co-write article in the In-house Access newsletter of the Association of Corporate Counsel “Compliance via Smartphone – Stop Fighting It!”
Partner Stephanie Scharf, speaks about women trial lawyers at special Federal Court Symposium. Women Lawyers in the Courtroom.
Partner Stephanie Scharf, was the featured speaker at a reception held by the Women’s Mentoring Program of the University of Chicago Law School on April 7, 2016.
Partner Ted Banks was a featured speaker at a webinar on April 21, Designing and Implementing Competition Law Policy and Training.
Partner Stephanie Scharf, has been featured in the University of Chicago Law School Online Magazine for the innovations she has brought to the practice of law and for advocating for the advancement of women in the law.
Partner Ted Banks published “5 Things to Think About Before You Give that Compliance Presentation” in the newsletter of the Compliance Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law.
Partner Sarah Marmor was back on Vocalo’s Morning AMp on President’s Day to talk about the battle brewing between President Obama and the Senate over replacing Justice Antonin Scalia.
Sarah Marmor appeared on Chicago’s Morning AMP radio show to explain who the DNC’s “Superdelegates” are in the wake of questions that arose after the New Hampshire primaries.
Partner Ted Banks, who spent 33 years rising to different in-house roles at Kraft Foods before co-founding the Firm, offered insights to Law360 readers about ways in-house counsel may position themselves for promotions.
Law360 interviewed Partner Sarah Marmor about that question and the value of making mistakes in becoming a better lawyer.
Partner Stephanie Scharf, moderated a special program sponsored by DirectWomenin Chicago.
Counsel Deirdre Fox showed a large scale 3-dimensional drawing, which repurposed plastic convenience store and produce bags, as part of In Bringing Forth, an exhibition curated by Jeannette Tremblay, at Hyde Park Art Center.
Partner Sarah Marmor, who heads Scharf Banks Marmor LLC’s Employment practice, quoted in Crain’s Chicago Business article about the resurgence of traditional labor law as a result of recent NLRB rulings and positions.
Partner Ted Banks co-chaired the Today’s General Counsel Institute’s Compliance & Ethics forum.
Scharf Banks Marmor welcomes three new attorneys.
Deirdre A. Fox spoke on a panel about data security and privacy concerns at State Bar Association (ISBA) program titled “Mining Data and Privacy: A Primer."
Partner Stephanie Scharf, has been appointed as Advisor to the American Bar Association’s new Presidential Commission on Diversity and Inclusion 360.
The work done by Ted Banks, who serves as a compliance monitor for the Federal Trade Commission, was recently lauded in the “Competition Matters” blog from the FTC.
Law Bulletin Publishing Company and its Leading Lawyers division announced that six attorneys at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC were named as 2015 Leading Lawyers or Emerging Lawyers, based upon a survey of their peers.
A first-of-its-kind empirical study about the significant disparities between women and men as lead trial counsel in civil and criminal litigation has been written by Stephanie Scharf,, partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, and Roberta D. Liebenberg, senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.
Partner Sarah Marmor appeared on The Morning Amp on Chicago radio Station Vocalo to discuss some of the most significant rulings from the Supreme Court in its last term.
The Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women has named Scharf Banks Marmor LLC founding partner Stephanie Scharf, the recipient of its prestigious Founder’s Award for 2015.
Partner Ted Banks published “Why You Should Love Your Antitrust Compliance Monitor” in the June 2015 issue of Competition Policy International.
The June 2015 edition of Inside Counsel interviews several lawyers, including partner Stephanie Scharf, about the prospects for securities class actions.
On May 11, 2015 the Firm co-hosted a NAMWOLF event featuring Brett Hart, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, United Airlines and Chair of the 2015 Chicago Bar Foundations Investing in Justice Campaign.
Stephanie Scharf was an invited faculty member for the Diversity Summit held by the Missouri Bar Association on May 20, 2015 in St. Louis.
Deirdre Fox spoke on a panel that addressed the intersection of copyright, the Visual Artists Rights Act and art in public space.
Partner Ted Banks chaired the PLI Compliance & Ethics Institute in Chicago on May 4-5, 2015. As part of the comprehensive curriculum, partner Sarah Marmor spoke on compliance requirements for social media.
On April 1, 2015, the firm hosted a program of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, featuring Ilinois Court of Appeals Justice Michael B. Hyman.
Partner Ted Banks was honored at with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2015 International Law Gala Reception of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law on March 25, 2015.
On March 2, 2015 Ted Banks wrote in Inside Counsel, Compliance Officers have complicated jobs.
On February 27, 2015, Inside Counsel published an interview with partner Stephanie Scharf regarding the future of securities class actions.
On March 26, 2015, Counsel Deirdre Fox was the featured speaker on the topic of “Negotiating Executive Employment Agreements: Intellectual Property and Other Tips and Traps for the Unwary.”
On February 5, 2015, the Firm hosted a seminar entitled “Hot Topics for Food Industry/Consumer Packaged Goods Entrepreneurs.”
Congratulations to Stephanie A. Scharf and Nina Stillman who have been recognized as 2015 Illinois “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers Magazine.
On January 21, 2015 the Firm filed one of two amicus briefs accepted by the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of the manufacturer-defendant in Price v. Philip Morris, an Illinois consumer fraud case that awarded class plaintiffs $10.1 billion (including $1.8 billion in fees to the plaintiffs’ trial lawyers)--the largest judicial award in Illinois history.
Scharf Banks Marmor LLC is featured as the cover story in the November 2014 issue of Chicago Lawyer magazine.
Scharf Banks Marmor LLC has announced that Nina G. Stillman has joined its Chicago office as a partner, expanding and strengthening the firm’s Employment as well as its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) practices.
Partner Stephanie Scharf, moderated the opening plenary session of the first-ever American Bar Association Section of Litigation conference directed to women trial lawyers.
On October 30, 2014, Partner Ted Banks spoke at the special program of the Fordham Corporate Law Center, "What You Need to Know Today in Dealing with the DOJ."
On August 4, 2014 Partner Ted Banks authored the article What Really Should be in General Counsel's Skill Set in Law Technology News, published by American Lawyer Media.
Stephanie Scharf, now a partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, founded the General Counsel Institute (“GCI”). Scharf targeted the meeting to senior corporate counsel who had the goal of advancing to the role of chief legal officer.
Partner Sarah Marmor is the lead editor of a new book, Law Firm Practice Management.
On May 28, 2014 as part of a series of articles on the changing paradigm for outside legal services, Law360 interviewed partner Stephanie Scharf about law firm rates.
Marilyn Chimes, Counsel with the Firm and Board-certified Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has authored a chapter in "the Bible" for federally required animal welfare oversight committees within research institutions in the U.S. -- The IACUC Handbook 503.
Partner Sarah Marmor was appointed the Chair of the Fundraising Committee of Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA).
For many years, many people thought that agreements regarding employees were not covered by the antitrust laws.
Partner Stephanie Scharf was honored on May 13, 2014 by the National Law Journal, who awarded Ms. Scharf and four other lawyers NLJ's first-ever Two Steps Ahead Award for contributions to advancing women in the law.
Partner Stephanie Scharf was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about law firm billing rates.
The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that Illinois’ anti-eavesdropping law, which prohibited recording conversations without consent of all involved, was unconstitutional.
On March 20, 2014 Ted Banks has written a new article for the American Bar Association Antitrust Section Compliance & Ethics Sportlight, "Is Your Antitrust Compliance Program Effective?"
On December 16, 2013, the Firm obtained a dismissal with prejudice of all claims filed against client Stratford Career Institute, Inc.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin headlined the Firm’s December 11 holiday party.
Ted Banks discusses the case brought by the FTC against Wyndham Hotels for failing to protect credit card information.
Ted Banks was interviewed in November 2013 about developments in the food industry on the Internet radio program, "Money for Lunch."
On September 24, 2013, Sarah R. Marmor led a panel of in house and law firm lawyers discussing the current and anticipate state of social media law.
Partner Ted Banks was a featured speaker at the 2013 Compliance & Ethics Institute of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, held in Washington, D.C.
Stephanie Scharf was a featured speaker at the “30 Women Blackstones” seminar held on August 22, 2013 in Chicago.
On July 31, 2013, over 70 guests attended a Networking Reception for In-House Counsel held at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC’s offices.
Stephanie Scharf, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Chicago Bar Foundation.
Sarah R. Marmor has been named to the Chicagoland YWCA Board of Ambassadors.
Sarah R. Marmor has been elected to the Board of Lawyers for the Creative Arts.
Ted Banks spoke on "Discrimination in Price and Promotions."
The Firm held a reception featuring "Politics, Health & Health Care" by Theodore R. Marmor and Rudolph Klein.
Ted Banks was the chair of the Practising Law Institute Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute 2013,held in Chicago on May 9-10.
Stephanie Scharf spoke at a DRI Seminar in Miami on "Jury Selection: How to Find the Needle in the Haystack."
Partner Stephanie Scharf, spoke on March 1, 2013 at the New York University School of Law Symposium, "Breaking the Glass Ceiling."
Scharf Banks Marmor hosted a meeting of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce featuring Professor Mordechai Shechter.
Scharf Banks Marmor LLC hosted a special reception for attendees at the Practising Law Institute's Compliance & Ethics Institute in Chicago.
Congratulations to Stephanie A. Scharf, who was recognized as a 2013 Illinois "Super Lawyer."
Ted Banks was recently named as Compliance Monitor by the Competition Bureau of Canada.
Legaltech News features attorney Ted Banks speaking his mind on the new iPad Mini and similar devices.
Counsel Deirdre Fox was selected to be Vice Chair of the Copyright Subcommittee of the Intellectual Property Section of the Illinois State Bar Association for 2012-2013.
American Bar Association President Laurel Bellows has appointed Stephanie Scharf, to the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession.
Partner Stephanie Scharf spoke to an invitation-only group of law firm leaders in New York City on July 18 on the effectiveness of Women’s Initiatives for advancing women in law.
Firm partner Theodore L. Banks has written an article called "Preventive Measures in a New Age: Preparing for New Technology and New Statutes."
Partner Ted Banks co-authored an article in the Denver Journal of International law & Policy, "The International Law of Antitrust Compliance."
Scharf Banks Marmor LLC is delighted to welcome its Summer Interns, all from the University of Chicago Law School.
Several publications have featured the Firm’s innovative approach to law practice management, including use of state-of-the-art technology and flex-time hiring.
Sarah R. Marmor has become a member of the Board of Ambassadors of the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago.
Eric Quandt was Course Director of the 2012 National Sports Medicine and Sports Law Conference.
Partner Stephanie Scharf was interviewed by Today's Chicago Woman for the article “Women in Law: The Path to Partner.”