Alumni Profile: Emily Sharko '00

Photo of Emily Sharko '00Emily (Stein) Sharko ’00 is a busy woman. In addition to serving as counsel and vice president in Morgan Stanley’s U.S. litigation group and raising two children with her husband, John, she is serving as a co-chair of her 10th Law School class reunion and is among the newest members of the Board of Visitors. She joined the Law School's alumni leadership and advisory board “to bring to [it] the perspective of a graduate 10 years out.”

After graduation, Sharko joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she specialized in general litigation, in addition to securities, insurance, and white-collar work. She then spent four years in Citigroup’s regulatory enforcement group before moving to Morgan Stanley in 2009. “I enjoy litigation because there’s always a new and interesting substantive matter to work on,” she says.

Sharko has fond memories of the Law School. She recalls time spent with friends and formidable faculty members, as well as long study sessions with impressive classmates. “They had accomplished remarkable things before law school,” says Sharko, who, at the time, also brought an impressive curriculum vitae to Morningside Heights. 

She received her B.A. in European history from the University of Pennsylvania before earning a diploma in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Sharko also spent several years at the investment bank Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and at the Charities Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. While at the Attorney General’s Office, she focused on issues involving the conversion of insurance firm Blue Cross and Blue Shield into a for-profit corporation.

Like her father, Kenneth L. Stein ’62, Sharko became a litigator, though she did not arrive at the Law School with that particular practice area in mind.

“Mostly, I took classes that interested me,” she recalls. Those courses included the seminar Black Letter Law/White Collar Crime with Professor John C. Coffee Jr. and U.S. Southern District Judge Jed Rakoff, as well as the Mediation Clinic with Professor Carol Liebman. Sharko points to her Property course with Professor Curtis Berger and Criminal Procedure with Professor Gerard Lynch ’75 as inspiring intellectual experiences. “The professors were not only approachable, but made difficult concepts relevant and digestible,” she says.

Outside the office, in addition to caring for her children (including Samuel, pictured above), Sharko, who lives in Rye, N.Y., volunteers with Sole Ryeders & Friends, a charitable group she helped organize. Sole Ryeders educates and raises awareness about women’s health issues and supports women’s health and cancer-related programs in Westchester County.

As for her reunion on the weekend of June 11-12, Sharko says she is looking forward to getting back in touch with her classmates “including [those] not on Facebook.


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