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Press Release: Philadelphia Politico Sharif Street Joins Zarwin, Baum

October 1, 2010

Philadelphia, Oct. 1…Sharif Street, Esquire joins the Philadelphia-based firm of Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, PC  as  a member of the firm’s Transactional  Practice Group. Street’s areas of practice will include real estate, zoning, commercial transactions, government relations and telecommunications. 
 
“Sharif is  well-known to our firm,” said Managing Shareholder Mitchell Kaplan, Esquire.      “Our paths initially crossed along the campaign trail when Sharif was running for government office. We have always supported Sharif during his political runs and believe that his love for the City of Philadelphia and the numerous contacts he has made over the years will greatly enhance the service we already provide to our existing client base. Further, we believe that Sharif’s clients will benefit from the efficient legal business model that our firm offers.  Sharif is dedicating himself to growing a client base that will benefit from the broad spectrum of legal services that Zarwin, Baum offers and think he is a natural fit for our firm.”
 
Sharif Street is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and National Bar Associations as well as a member of the Philadelphia Barristers Association, for which he served as a board member in 2002. He is a member of the 251st graduating class of Central High School where he was elected President of the Student Body.
 
 He graduated cum laude from Morehouse College with a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. At Morehouse, Sharif served as President of the Student Senate and was an Academic All-American track and field athlete.
 
In 1999, Sharif graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he served as President of the Penn Law Democrats.  In 2000, he was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.
 
Sharif began his public career as a community activist, no surprise as he is the son of former Philadelphia Mayor John Street. His mother, Helen Mosee taught in the Philadelphia Public School system for more than 35 years.
 
Sharif worked for the Pennsylvania Senate, as the chief legislative advisor to Sen. Shirley Kitchen, the Democratic Chair of the Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, and had primary responsibility for overseeing legislative, housing, environmental and economic development initiatives. While working for the Senate, Sharif facilitated the creation of Philadelphia Green Communities, the first environmental educational program of its kind implemented in a major U.S. city.
 
“It is exciting to join Zarwin Baum,” said Sharif Street.  I did quite a bit of research and spoke to a number of people before making this move. The firm has the expertise and stature of a larger national firm and the flexibility of price structure for today’s economy.  They have a culture that fosters growth among all its attorneys and a unique family atmosphere that I am proud to be a part of.
 
Sharif lives in West Philadelphia with his two children.
 
 The 50-year-old Philadelphia-based firm has offices in Jersey City and Marlton, NJ and Harrisburg, PA. The firm's 50 attorneys practice in diverse areas including real estate, corporate, commercial litigation, environmental, banking, immigration, estates, tax, custodial abuse and neglect, employment law, casualty defense and personal injury. 
 

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