Managing Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP 

Marci Eisenstein joined Schiff Hardin in 1979 and later led the Class Action Group before being elected as the first female managing partner in the firm’s 150-year history. She is also on the Board of the Illinois Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 

“Our clients and their customers are increasingly diverse, and it is their view that their lawyers can provide the best and most innovative solutions by pulling together diverse teams with differing perspectives,” Marci said in an interview with Chambers. “What is critical now is that we ensure that diverse lawyers are given the opportunity to lead those teams, and take leadership responsibility for the business.”  

In 2016, Vault ranked Schiff Hardin No. 2 for representation of women and No. 7 for minorities. The firm was also a “leadership signatory” to the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women Call to Action, and is involved with more than 25 minority bar associations around the country. 

Joined LCLD 2016 

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2020: Lauren Novak; 2019: Melody Cross; 2018: Heidi Hennig Rowe; 2017: Lynn Watkins

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2020: Brittany Sokoloff, Robert Middleton, Malerie Roddy; 2019: David Pi, Malerie Roddy, Ahmed Riaz; 2018: David Pi, Molly Wiltshire; 2017: Lucy Bickford, Sara Rosenberg

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted: 
2017: Linda Qiu, Ariana Taylor

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors Provided: 2019

Annual Meeting (2020, 2018, 2017, 2016)

Member: Marci Eisenstein

Diversity Professional: Noah Cooper, Sailesh Patel, Christine McGuiness

Communications: Jill Himelfarb