Joshua Scharff



Joshua Scharff

Josh represents private and public sector labor unions in arbitrations regarding employee discipline and contract interpretation, contract negotiations, and federal court litigation. Josh actively advises and represents clergy, non-profit employees, and other professionals in negotiations for individual employment contracts, retirement agreements, and separation agreements.

Josh graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. He also received a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with concentrations in Conflict Management and International Economics. He joined Peer, Gan & Gisler LLP as an associate in 2010.

Prior to joining Peer, Gan & Gisler LLP, Josh served as a law clerk in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, where he gained experience in employment discrimination, international trade, class action litigation, and international refugee legal matters.


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2010
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, M.A., International Relations, 2010
  • Rutgers University, B.A. with highest honors, Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, 2005

State Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Washington, D.C.

Past Employment

  • Law Clerk, The United States Department of Commerce, Office of Import Administration, 2010
  • Summer Associate, Hausfeld LLP, 2009
  • Law Clerk, Peer, Gan & Gisler LLP, 2008-2009
  • Law Clerk, The United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, 2008
  • Legal Policy Intern, Asylum Access, 2007

Publications & Conferences

  • Contributing Author (with Michael J. Gan), Women Rabbis and the Gender Pay Gap: Lessons from the CCAR’s 2012 Landmark Study and a Call to ActionThe Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate, CCAR Challenge and Change Series (2016)
  • Presenter, Negotiating Clergy Contracts, American Conference of Cantors – Guild of Temple Musicians Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 2015)