Ian Scharfman

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in Houston, Texas

The Scharfman Law Firm, PLLC
Ian Scharfman
The Scharfman Law Firm, PLLC

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Civil Rights, Employment & Labor; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1993

Education: University of Houston Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2023

The Scharfman Law Firm, PLLC

3120 Southwest Freeway
Suite 450
Houston, TX 77098 Visit website


Ian Scharfman is the principal attorney at The Scharfman Law Firm, PLLC, a Houston law firm dedicated to providing experienced and passionate legal representation for any matter related to employment law. Mr. Scharfman tries cases before federal and state trial and appellate courts, and he also pursues positive results for clients in both arbitration and mediation. He provides skilled advocacy and knowledgeable counsel in local and nationwide cases for individuals seeking help with issues related to the following:

·         Discrimination and Retaliation

·         Sexual Harassment

·         Employee Benefits

·         Whistleblower

·         Non-Competition Agreements

·         Wage and Hour

·         Many Other Labor and Employment Law Matters         

A 1993 graduate of University of Houston Law Center, Mr. Scharfman has built a reputation for skilled advocacy and vigorous pursuit of positive results on behalf of his clients. He is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In addition to all state courts in Texas, he is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas.

From cases involving sexual harassment to noncompete agreements, Mr. Scharfman provides knowledgeable counsel for individuals facing remarkably complex legal situations. In recognition of the quality of his successful legal work, he was included on the Best Lawyers list of The Best Lawyers in America,  has been repeatedly named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters and he received an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell due to his high ethical standards and professionalism, among other accolades through peer and client recognition.

Maintaining an active role in the community, he has held leadership positions in the Houston Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, the Anti-Defamation League, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston and various other organizations. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Rights, Employment & Labor: Employee, Employee Benefits, Employment & Labor: Employer, Employment Litigation: Defense

Focus areas

Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Employment Law - Employer, Labor Law, Race Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination

First Admitted: 1993, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://scharfmanlawfirm.com/ian-scharfman/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State Bar of Texas - Labor and Employment Law Section - current member
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Labor and Employment Law Exam Commission (2014-2017)
  • Houston Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 1996
  • State of Texas, 1993
  • Houston Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, Chair (2009-2010); Chair-Elect (2008-2009); Council Member (2006-2010);  CLE Coordinator (2007-2008) 
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation - Chair (2001-2002), Vice-Chair (2000-2001), Treasurer (1999-2000), & Trustee
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Director (1997-2000) and Various Committee Chairs
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston - Chair-Public Affairs Committee (2020-present); Vice-Chair (2019-2020)
  • Anti-Defamation League-Current Regional Board Member - Southwest Region, Board Chair (2015), Various Other Officer Positions (2012-2014), Regional Board of Directors – Southwest Region (2011-present), Advisory Board of Directors (2010), Chair and Co-Chair of Various Regional Committees (2009-2013), Glass Leadership Institute Participant (2008-2009)
  • Fort Bend Education Foundation - Board of Directors (2021-present)
  • Fort Bend County Citizens Engagement Group - Chair - 2020-2021
  • Anti-Defamation League, National Commissioner (2015-2018), Chair of National Committees (2015-2018), Associate National Commissioner (2013-2014), Various National Committees (2013-present)
  • District 4 Nominating Committee of the Texas Bar Foundation, Committee Member (2007-2008, 2012-2013), Subcommittee Chair (2006-2007)
  • Jewish Children’s Regional Service, Past member of the Board of Directors
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • The University of Texas Law School Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Planning Committee for the 2011 and 2012 conferences
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial 2008 Continuing Legal Education Course, Planning Committee
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly Magazine  2021 Texas Super Lawyers 2020 Texas Super Lawyers 2019 Texas Super Lawyers 2018 Texas Super Lawyers 2017 Texas Super Lawyers 2016 Texas Super Lawyers 2015 Texas Super Lawyers 2014 Texas Super Lawyers 2013 Texas Super Lawyers 2012 Texas Super Lawyers 2011 Texas Super Lawyers 2010 Texas Super Lawyers 2009 Texas Super Lawyers 2008 Texas Super Lawyers 2005 Texas Super Lawyers 2004 Texas Super Lawyers 2003 Texas Super Lawyers, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Named one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (in America), which is by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners; 2012-2022 – Litigation – Labor & Employment, Best Lawyers (in America)
  • Named 2013-2021 as one of the”Best Law Firms,” by Best Lawyers (in America), which is by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners., Best Lawyers (in America)
  • Named one of Houston’s “Top Lawyers” by H Texas Magazine: 2013-2016 – Labor and Employment Law; 2011 – Labor and Employment Law; 2007 – Labor and Employment Law; 2006 – Employment Litigation; 2005 – Labor and Employment Law, H Texas Magazine
  • Named a “Top Lawyer” by Houstonia Magazine; 2016-2017, 2019-2020 – Labor and Employment Law, Houstonia Magazine
  • National Rankings-Tier 3 for Litigation-Labor and Employment
  • Metropolitan Rankings-Tier 1: Houston for Litigation-Labor and Employment
  • Life Fellow – Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow – Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2000
White Papers:
Educational Background:
  • The University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, Juris Doctor, 1993
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Bachelor of Arts, 1990, 1990

Office location for Ian Scharfman

3120 Southwest Freeway
Suite 450
Houston, TX 77098

Phone: 713-255-2267


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2023

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