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.