Sarmistha (Buri) Banerjee works in the areas of estate planning, family law, probate, real estate and small claims and collections, and also serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for disabled adults. Before joining Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, LLC, she worked in employment law and business law at a small firm.
Buri came to the U.S. from India in 1989 as an undergraduate student. She completed her A.B. in Sociology from Smith College and M.A. in Sociology from Northern Illinois University. She pursued a doctoral program in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign but chose to stay home and raise her children when she became a mother. During that time, she worked as a substitute teacher and completed a paralegal certificate from the College of DuPage in 2011. Encouraged by her paralegal professors and her family to go to law school, despite being an older, married student with young children, she entered Northern Illinois University College of Law as a full-time student in 2011.
Buri graduated magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2014. She was on the Dean’s List every semester and was one of five students who graduated with a certificate in civil advocacy. She was a finalist in the internal Mock Trial Competition and Most Effective Advocate in a course on Supreme Court Advocacy. She was selected by the Dean in her second year to represent the law school at the Jessup Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious moot court competition, where she was recognized as Second Best Oralist out of 90 competitors and was a quarter-finalist in the U.S. Midwest Regional Round.
Buri was active in several organizations in law school. She was an invited speaker and ambassador for the Office of Admissions, a mentor for the Women’s Law Caucus, and a founding board member and president of the NIU Law chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, which selected her as a Next Generation Leader. At graduation, Buri received the College of Law’s Alumni Council Award for the best essay on “Commitment and the Law” and the Marla Dickerson Award for the student with the greatest commitment to public service.
In law school, Buri completed a summer internship with the legal department of BP America as one of five summer interns nationwide. She was a research assistant for the Dean and a 7-11 licensed intern in the university’s Office of General Counsel.
Buri previously served on the Board of the New Lawyer Division of the DuPage County Bar Association and is currently on the Board of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers.
Buri lives with her husband and two sons in Aurora.