Stephanie Vardavas

Attorney in Portland, Oregon

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Stephanie Vardavas is an entrepreneur, attorney, mediator, arbitrator, writer, and product safety / compliance consultant based in Portland, Oregon, and an adjunct professor of sports business at the University of Oregon.

As a mediator she specializes in helping the leaders of young companies to resolve their disagreements amicably. She believes passionately that a skilled neutral can support the voluntary resolution of many disagreements that appear intractable at first glance.

She has 35+ years of experience in the sports industry, during which she has worked on deals totaling in the many billions of dollars, led the global product safety and compliance team for the world's biggest sports brand, and managed several global trademark portfolios. Stephanie also led the licensing and merchandising campaign for Nelson Mandela's historic first visit to the United States in 1990 after his release from Robben Island prison.

She holds a B.A. from Yale University in American Studies and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in both New York and Oregon.

She is a lifetime million mile flyer on United Airlines, and when she realized she had never owned a carry-on bag she really liked, she set out to create a better one. When she discovered that Patagonia was already making the bag she had wanted to make, she turned her attention to travel accessories. Her first products had a soft launch in fall 2016, and you can sign up for updates at row99.com.

Stephanie is a library advocate, a Macintosh user for over 30 years, a Baltimore Orioles fan, a Star Wars devotee, an unrepentant Anglophile, and a Life Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. In 2016 she went back to New Haven to study at the Yale Writers Conference and is writing her first novel.

Stephanie served three years as Chair of the Oregon Commission for Women and continues as a Commissioner. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Sports Lawyers Association since 1995 and is a former President of the Friends of Multnomah County Library.

She owns more than 400 pairs of shoes. None of them are brown.

2013 - present: University of Oregon Sports Product Management

2013 - present: Row 99, LLC

2012 - present: Law Office of Stephanie J. Vardavas

2011 - 2013: Irenic, LLC

1997 - 2011: Nike, Inc.

1989 - 1997: ProServ, Inc.

1979 - 1989: Major League Baseball

  • Education
    • Yale University
    • Fordham University School of Law