Anne E. Larson

Shareholder Chicago

Anne Larson is a Shareholder in the firm’s Chicago office.  Anne concentrates her practice on management-side labor and employment matters and defends discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, non-competition and FLSA disputes, including EEOC systemic investigations and class actions.  She excels at litigation prevention when advising businesses on their hiring and firing practices, reductions-in-force, disability accommodations, FMLA and social media issues.  Anne also directs targeted FLSA compliance audits and conducts interactive anti-harassment, wage and hour and HR training.

Anne was named one of the "Top 50 Women Illinois Lawyers" for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and one of the "Top 100 Illinois Lawyers" for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Super Lawyers.  She received “Top 10 Women Employment Lawyers - Management Side” honors in 2015 by Leading Lawyers.  Anne was also named one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch" in 2001 by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, an honor bestowed on only forty Illinois attorneys each year.

Anne was recently nominated for a 2017 “Women of Influence” Award by Best Lawyers and the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law.  Her nomination was published in Best Lawyers’ “Women in the Law” Business Edition on March 31, which states:  “Anne is a tremendous role model and advocate for the junior women lawyers at her firm.  She is a bright, tenacious, detail-oriented but pragmatic lawyer who gets great results for her clients and sets an example of excellence and professionalism.”

Anne recently spoke on “Fingerprints, Voice Patterns, and Retinal Scans – The Risks of Using Employee Biometrics” in Phoenix on May 10, 2018, and in Chicago on May 22-23, 2018. She regularly speaks on sexual harassment prevention, social media and LGBTQ and transgender issues in the workplace. Anne also spoke on “The Three Ps of the 30(b)(6) Deposition: Preparation, Preparation, and Preparation” at the Corporate Counsel Exclusive in Boca Raton on November 10, 2017. Another recent presentation was “When Looks Deceive: Detecting and Accommodating Invisible Disabilities” in San Diego on May 5, 2017.

Personally, Anne has a passion for the arts and has served as President of the Board for both Shattered Globe Theatre and Hedwig Dances. She also served as Co-Chair of the Chicago Community Trust’s Young Leaders Fund (YLF), an organization that seeks out and makes grants to local not-for-profits dedicated to the arts, children and economic redevelopment.

In her spare time, Anne may be found at boot camp, cycling the lakefront with her husband or planting thousands of tulips in her tiny Chicago yard.  Anne enjoys cycling with her family and friends in the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). Currently, Anne is an Officer, Director and Co-Chair of Programming for the Coalition. She takes great satisfaction in working with her Co-Chairs and committee members to develop programming that is fascinating, fun and helps advance women in all aspects of their careers.

Anne served as Law Clerk to the Honorable George W. Lindberg, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and participated in several high-profile criminal prosecutions while clerking.


  • Won summary judgment for Fortune 500 company in putative nationwide FLSA collective action and IMWL class action.
  • Developed and won novel legal argument (based on tort law agency principles) that plaintiff's settlement of her IHRA sexual harassment claim against her former supervisor extinguished her IHRA strict liability claim against the airline. Won summary judgment on Title VII, ADA, and IHRA sexual harassment, disability discrimination, retaliation and constructive discharge claims.
  • Received “no cause” findings on separate regional and state-wide EEOC systemic background check claims against Fortune 1000 company.
  • Won a jury verdict of “not guilty” on claims of ADA, NYSHRL and FMLA discrimination and retaliation for a Fortune 500 45,000-employee company after a two week jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Post trial, the District Judge reported the plaintiff to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution based on trial testimony that the plaintiff offered a defense witness money in exchange for false testimony.                     
  • Achieved dismissal of nationwide sexual harassment class action against Fortune 500 company; subsequently won summary judgment for the employer on plaintiff’s individual Title VII and state law claims asserting that plaintiff was sexually harassed and forced to submit to nonconsensual sex with her manager. The individual plaintiff made a $1.2 million settlement demand and used the media to publicize her case.
  • Obtained a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) for a Fortune 500 office products company against former sales representatives and their subsequent employer, which resulted in the resignation of high-ranking officers of the defendant company and the firing of the defendant sales representatives. The court subsequently directed opposing party and counsel to pay approximately $25,000 in FRCP 37 sanctions.
  • Executed bet-the-company workout plan that avoided a $7.5 million ERISA and MEPPA liability for unpaid pension/welfare fund contributions and withdrawal costs against an Ohio trucking company. Central States Pension Fund settled for $250,000 when its usual practice is to obtain summary judgment against the defendant company and liquidate it.
  • Obtained a TRO enjoining a Fortune 500 vice president from working for a competitor.
  • Barred plaintiff from deposing Rule 30(b)(6) corporate designee for failure to confer on defendant's objections or follow the court's discovery dispute procedures.
  • Created new law in the Southern District of Ohio regarding use of plaintiff’s demand letters to meet matter in controversy amount for diversity of citizenship to support removal from state to federal court.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law - Officer, Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Programming
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association & Arizona Bar Association
  • Society of Human Resources Professionals (SHRP)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • P.E.O. International


  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Hiring Hurdles and Hiccups - The Latest Developments'' - La Quinta - November 08, 2018
  • Ogletree Briefing - ''Fingerprints, Voice Patterns and Retinal Scans: The Risks of Using Employee Biometrics in the Workplace'' - Oak Brook and Chicago - May 22 - May 23, 2018
  • Workplace Strategies - ''Fingerprints, Voice Patterns, and Retinal Scans - The Risks of Using Employee Biometrics'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • The University of Chicago Undergraduate Law Magazine - ''A Discussion on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace'' - Hyde Park - February 13, 2018
  • Private Client Seminar - ''Sexual Harassment Prevention'' - Chicago - February 01, 2018
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Webcast - ''Addressing LGBTQ Issues in a New Era'' - January 30, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''The Three Ps of the 30(b)(6) Deposition: Preparation, Preparation, and Preparation'' - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • NELC - ''The Practice of Labor & Employment Law: Tools for Success in a New Millennium'' - Chicago - October 12, 2017
  • Workplace Strategies - ''When Looks Deceive: Detecting and Accommodating Invisible Disabilities'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
  • Ogletree Briefing - ''Keeping the EEOC Out of Your Restrooms (and Other Work Areas): An Update on Recent Trends and Cases'' - Chicago - October 18 - October 20, 2016
  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Flag): LGBT Legal Issues Update'' - Colorado Springs - September 30, 2016
  • Workplace Strategies - ''I AM CAIT: Transgender Issues in the Spotlight in 2016'' - Chicago - May 05, 2016
  • Workplace Strategies - ''Financial Services Roundtable'' - Chicago - May 04, 2016
  • Project 20/35 Facilitator - ''Executive Leadership Development Workshop'' - Detroit - April 05, 2016
  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law - ''Transition at Work: A Guide to Transgender Employees'' - Chicago - January 21, 2016
  • Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference - ''Privacy and Ethics for Social Media Investigations'' - Washington, D.C. - October 29, 2015
  • Coaltition In-House to Power-House Professional Development Series V - ''Making the Move from Legal Operations & the C-Suite – and Back Again!'' - Chicago - October 22, 2015
  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law - ''Managing Partner/General Counsel Forum'' - Chicago - June 16, 2015
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - ''Piping Hot Employment Law Topics - Five Things Every In-House Counsel Should Know: Never Heard of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act? You Should!'' - Chicago - June 9 - June 10, 2015
  • Workplace Strategies - ''Keeping Up With the EEOC: The Latest on Pattern and Practice Initiatives'' - San Antonio - May 14, 2015
  • Managing a Workforce in 2015 - ''Avoiding the Retaliation Trap - Effective Responses to Whistleblower and Other Protected Conduct'' - Denver - September 26, 2014
  • Managing a Workforce in 2015 - ''Windsor and Hobby Lobby Impact'' - Denver - September 26, 2014
  • NAWL Conference (Facilitator) - ''Pipeline to Equity Partnership (P2P) Program'' - Chicago - May 28, 2014
  • Workplace Strategies - ''Disgruntled, Computer Literate, and Focused on You: Defusing Social Media Attacks'' - Las Vegas - May 08, 2014
  • Workplace Strategies - Pre-Conference Immersion - ''Harassment, She Wrote: The Interactive Anatomy of an Investigation...and Its Aftermath'' - Las Vegas - May 07, 2014
  • Private Client Seminar - National Webinar - ''Harassment Prevention and Investigation: It's Not Just About Sex Anymore'' - September 13, 2013
  • Workplace Strategies - ''Panel Discussion: Employment Litigation - New Claims, Trends, and Tips'' - New Orleans - May 10, 2013
  • Ogletree Briefing - ''Top Ten Things Every HR Generalist Should Know'' - Chicago - April 09, 2013
  • ITT-Chicago Kent College of Law 31st Annual Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations - ''Employment Law Update: Social Media Issues'' - Chicago - June 07, 2012
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - ''Small Numbers = Huge Costs: Things Every In-House Lawyer in Illinois Should Know About Wage and Hour Law'' - Chicago - June 5 - June 6, 2012
  • Workplace Strategies - ''Retaliation Litigation - Trends, Risks and Practical Strategies'' - Phoenix - May 09, 2012
  • Monomoy Capital Partners - ''Round Table on 2012 Outlook on Deals'' - Chicago - January 11, 2012
  • Monomoy Capital Partners - ''Round Table on the State of Middle Market M&A and Lending'' - Chicago - December 14, 2011
  • National Employment Law Institute (NELI) 35th Annual Employment Discrimination Law Update - ''Escalating Retaliation Claims in the Workplace'' - Chicago - July 21, 2011
  • International Alliance of Law Firms Webinar - ''Social Media Pitfalls for Lawyers'' - December 2010
  • Private Client Seminar - ''Common Employment Law Issues and Litigation Prevention'' - Chicago - January 2010
  • University of Chicago Graduate School of Business CEO Roundtable - ''How to Handle Challenging HR Issues Legally and Effectively'' - Chicago - October 2008
  • Lorman Education Services - ''Advanced Workplace Investigations in Illinois: Doing Them Well and Right'' - Chicago - March 2006
  • Private Client Seminar - ''E-Discovery Tips'' - Chicago - January 2006
  • Private Client Seminar - ''Techniques for Avoiding Employment Litigation” and “Investigating Claims of Sexual and Other Types of Harassment'' - Philadelphia - 2006
  • Private Client Seminar - ''Tips for Preventing Sexual Harassment and for Effectively Responding to Complaints'' - Chicago - 2006
  • Private Client Seminar - ''Anti-Harassment Training'' - Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania - 2004 - 2011
  • Lorman Education Services - ''Illinois Employment Law From A to Z'' - Chicago - 2003 - 2005

Published Works


Our Insights


Media Quotes

May 17, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Illinois Biometric Class Actions Are on the Rise"
October 29, 2015 - InsideCounsel - "Privacy Ethics in Social Media Investigations"
October 13, 2015 - SHRM Online - "Offensive Worker’s FMLA Claim Advances to Jury"