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Ian Scharfman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

The Scharfman Law Firm, PLLC
3120 Southwest Freeway, Suite 450
Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-255-2267
Fax: 713-255-2270
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%), Civil Rights (10%), Employee Benefits (10%), Employment & Labor: Employee (10%), Employment & Labor: Employer (10%), Employment Litigation: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

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 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 and various other organizations. He is also involved with the Jewish Children’s Regional Service.

*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
  • 50%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Rights
  • 10%Employee Benefits
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employer
  • 10%Employment Litigation: Defense
Focus Areas

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


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2021

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About Ian Scharfman

First Admitted: 1993, Texas

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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

Pro bono/Community Service

  • District 4 Nominating Committee of the Texas Bar Foundation, Committee Member (2007-2008, 2012-2013), Subcommittee Chair (2006-2007)
  • Anti-Defamation League-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)
  • Anti-Defamation League, National Commissioner (2015-present), Chair of National Committees, Associate National Commissioner (2013-2014), Various National Committees (2013-present)
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Chair (2001-2002), Vice-Chair (2000-2001), Treasurer (1999-2000), & Trustee
  • Jewish Children’s Regional Service, Board of Directors, 2001-present


  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Super Lawyer, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2003
  • One of Houston’s Top Lawyers, Employment Litigation, H Texas Magazine, 2006
  • Life Fellow – Texas Bar Foundation
  • Named One of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers, Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2012 – 2017
  • National Rankings-Tier 3 for Litigation-Labor and Employment
  • Super Lawyer Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2009 – 2018
  • Named one of Houston’s “Top Lawyers,” H Texas Magazine
  • Top Lawyer, Labor and Employment Law, Houstonia Magazine, 2016-2017
  • Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”, U.S. News, 2013-2017
  • Metropolitan Rankings-Tier 1: Houston for Litigation-Labor and Employment
  • Super Lawyer, Employment Litigation, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2004, 2005 & 2008
  • One of Houston’s Top Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, H Texas Magazine, 2005, 2007, 2011 & 2013-2017
  • Life Fellow – Houston Young Lawyers Foundation

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 1993
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Labor and Employment Law Exam Commission, 2013-2016
  • State Bar of Texas: Labor and Employment Law Section
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Director (1997-2000) and Various Committee Chairs
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 1996
  • State of Texas, 1993
  • Houston Bar Association, Chair (2009-2010) – Labor and Employment Law Section, Chair-Elect (2008-2009) – Labor and Employment Law Section, Council Member (2006-2010) – Labor and Employment Law Section, CLE Coordinator (2007-2008) – Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2000

Educational Background

  • The University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, Juris Doctor, 1993
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Bachelor of Arts, 1990, 1990
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Office Location for Ian Scharfman

3120 Southwest Freeway
Suite 450
Houston, TX 77098

Phone: 713-255-2267

Fax: 713-255-2270

Last Updated: 3/29/2021

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