Anna Wermuth serves as the vice chair of the firm’s national Labor & Employment Department. Anna represents management in labor and employment litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board.
Anna has extensive experience representing employers in individual and large-scale class actions involving the full range of employment-related disputes, including discrimination, wage and hour, non-compete agreements, and unfair labor practices.
Anna also regularly counsels employers on maintaining compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, assists employers with developing employment policies and executing human resources strategies, negotiates employment and separation agreements, advises employers in connection with reductions in force, and has conducted numerous internal investigations.
Anna was recently named one of the “Most Influential Women Lawyers” by Crain’s Chicago Business. She is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section, where she has held a number of leadership positions.
Currently, she is the Management Program co-chair of the Section’s Development of the Law under the NLRA Committee and serves as an associate editor for the Bloomberg BNA-ABA jointly published Developing Labor Law treatise. She is also the past-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Committee.
Anna writes and speaks on a variety of labor and employment topics for the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Society of Human Resource Management, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and other business, bar, legal education, and academic associations. Prior to entering private practice, Anna served as law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer of the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
In addition to her legal practice, Anna serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Youth Centers, a 60-year-old nonprofit organization that services more than 4,000 children and families in Chicago each year with early childhood education, out-of-school, and teen leadership programs.
Anna received her J.D. from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she graduated second in her class and served as an editor of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.
Anna received an M.A. from Northwestern University and graduated with high honors from DePaul University where she also competed in NCAA Division I Women’s Track and Cross-Country. Before practicing law, Anna taught Spanish for the City Colleges of Chicago.
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1999
- Northwestern University, M.A., 1992
- DePaul University, B.A., 1991
BAR ADMISSIONS : Illinois
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. District Court — Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court — Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law:
- Management Program Co-Chair for the Development of the Law under the NLRA Committee
- Former Employer Vice-Chair, National Programs (BASICS) Subcommittee
- Former Employer Vice-Chair for Membership Development Retention Subcommittee
- Participant in Labor & Employment Law Section’s Leadership Development Program
- Chicago Bar Association:
- 2012-13 Chair, Labor & Employment Law Committee,
- 2011-12, Vice-Chair, Labor & Employment Law Committee,
- Alliance for Women Member
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Member
- Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Chicago Law Firms – Delegate
- Nominated, American Institute of Legal Counsel
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