Abir Ahmed concentrates her practice on complex litigation. She assists in diverse litigation areas, including claims concerning contractual disputes, business associations, corporate law, employment law, antitrust violations, civil rights, intentional and negligent torts, and the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).


Prior to joining Scharf Banks Marmor, Abir was a law clerk for the State of Illinois in the Circuit Court of Cook County. There, she served as a Staff Attorney for the Interim Acting Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division, the Honorable Sophia H. Hall, as well as for the Honorable Clare J. Quish in the Chancery Division. In these positions, Abir drafted opinions and memoranda, synthesized motions, and conducted research for cases involving equitable remedies and administrative reviews. Abir also completed a fellowship in the General Counsel’s Office of Governor Pat Quinn, where she managed and analyzed executive clemency petitions, planned responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and proposed policies in conjunction with the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Additionally, Abir has volunteered for the Rohingya Cultural Center, where she mentored and tutored refugee elementary students and led recreational activities.

Abir received a B.A. in History from Northwestern University, cum laude, with a concentration in History of the Americas. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, where she served as an Associate Editor and Articles Review Board Member of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. In law school, Abir gained valuable internship experience in juvenile justice, restorative justice, prisoners’ rights, and criminal defense.

Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation & Appeals
  • Employment Counseling & Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law


  • J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, cum laude
  • B.A., Northwestern University, cum laude

Admissions and Qualifications

  • Illinois
  • Clerkship: Hon. Sophia H. Hall and Hon. Clare J. Quish, Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division

Prior Experience

  • Office of the Illinois Governor, Legal Fellow
  • Clerkship: Hon. Sophia H. Hall and Hon. Clare J. Quish, Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division