Stephanie Vardavas

Portland, Oregon, United States

Stephanie Vardavas is an entrepreneur, attorney, mediator, arbitrator, writer, and product safety / compliance consultant based in Portland, Oregon.

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. You can sign up for updates from

Stephanie is a library advocate, a Macintosh user for over 20 years, a Baltimore Orioles fan, a Star Wars devotee, an unrepentant Anglophile, and a Life Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She believes she has a novel in her, and is trying to extract it.

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: Row 99, LLC

2011 - present: Irenic, LLC

1997 - 2011: Nike, Inc.

1989 - 1997: ProServ, Inc.

1979 - 1989: Major League Baseball

  • Education
    • Yale University
    • Fordham University School of Law