Cozen O’Connor: Wermuth, Anna

Anna Wermuth

Vice Chair, Labor & Employment Department

Chicago

(312) 474-7876

(312) 878-2023

Who Universities Bring to the Bargaining Table

Anna Wermuth discusses her involvement in the higher education industry, saying that private colleges and universities are unique in their special labor and employment needs. “If you ask some of the attorneys at a few of Chicago’s universities who they turn to for outside help on labor and employment matters, there’s a good chance you’ll hear Anna Wermuth’s name come up.”

Read the full article here.

Anna 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.

Experience

News

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

LawDragon/HRE names Joseph Tilson, Anna Wermuth, A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., and Jeremy Glenn among the Nation’s Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

June 07, 2019

Four members of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department have been named to the 2019 LawDragon/Human Resource Executive (HRE) magazine’s top Labor & Employment lists.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 17 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

May 21, 2019

The Leading Lawyers Network has named 17 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners - including one Emerging Lawyer - in its 2019 survey results.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

Six Cozen O'Connor Labor & Employment Attorneys Recognized by Benchmark Litigation

January 28, 2019

Benchmark Litigation has named six attorneys from Cozen O'Connor’s Labor & Employment department as Labor & Employment Stars for their respective regions.

Seven Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named To 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

January 24, 2019

Super Lawyers has named seven attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2019 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Anna Wermuth Named one of Chicago’s “Most Notable Women Lawyers”

July 30, 2018

Anna Wermuth, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Higher Education Industry Practice Group, and vice chair of the law firm’s Labor & Employment Department, has been honored for the second year in a row by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Lawdragon/HRE names Joseph Tilson, A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., Anna Wermuth, and Jeremy Glenn Among the Nation’s Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

June 16, 2018

Four members of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department have been named to the 2018 Lawdragon/Human Resource Executive (HRE) magazine’s top Labor & Employment lists.

Twelve Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named To 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

January 26, 2018

Super Lawyers has recognized 12 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 lists of top practitioners in Illinois, including Joe Tilson who was again named one of the "Top 100" Illinois Super Lawyers.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 22 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

November 29, 2017

Leading Lawyers Network has recognized 22 Cozen O'Connor attorneys as top Illinois practitioners, including 19 "Leading Lawyers" and 3 "Emerging Lawyers" for its 2017 survey results publication.

Anna Wermuth selected by Crain's Chicago Business as one of the "Most Influential Women Lawyers" in Chicago

July 31, 2017

Anna Wermuth, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was selected by Crain's Chicago Business as one of the "Most Influential Women Lawyers" in Chicago.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Anna Wermuth Featured in Loyola University Chicago School of Law Student Spotlight

April 20, 2017

Anna Wermuth, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was featured in Loyola University Chicago School of Law's Student Spotlight.

Anna Wermuth, Joseph Tilson, A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., and Jeremy Glenn Among Nation’s Top Labor & Employment Lawyers According to LawDragon/HRE

April 18, 2017

Four members of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment group have been named to the 2017 LawDragon/Human Resource Executive (HRE) magazine’s top Labor & Employment lists.

Who Universities Bring to the Bargaining Table

February 23, 2017

Anna Wermuth and Joe Tilson, vice chair and chair of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discuss their involvement in the higher education industry in this Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article.

Thirteen Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

February 03, 2017

Super Lawyers represents the top five percent of all practicing lawyers in each state. The publishers of Super Lawyers identify preeminent attorneys based on surveys and interviews with thousands of attorneys, plus consideration of civic service and pro bono activities.

Departmental Grad Assistant Organizing May Succeed

October 20, 2016

Anna Wermuth, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses departmental grad assistant organizing in BNA.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 22 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

July 01, 2016

The Leading Lawyers Network has named 22 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners and named 4 others as Emerging Lawyers in its 2016 survey results.

Anna Wermuth Quoted in Sports Illustrated Article About Northwestern Football

February 25, 2016

Anna Wermuth, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was quoted in a recent Sports Illustrated article regarding the Northwestern Football teams attempt to unionize last year.

15 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

February 03, 2016

Super Lawyers has named 15 attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2016 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.

Publications

Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act – What You Need to Know [Alert]

August 16, 2019

Adam Gutmann and Anna Wermuth discuss what employers should do to comply with the new Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Newly Issued Mandatory Advice Submissions List Reveals NLRB GC’s Priorities [Labor & Employment Alert]

December 05, 2017

Joseph Tilson and Anna Wermuth discuss the general counsel memorandum that signals to many employers that new agency officials will take a more employer-friendly approach.

Illinois Ban on Salary History Inquiries Dies on Governor’s Desk [Labor & Employment Alert]

August 28, 2017

Joseph E. Tilson and Anna Wermuth discuss why Governor Rauner’s veto is good news for Illinois employers.

NLRB General Counsel Takes a Bold Stance on Student Athletes [Labor & Employment Alert]

February 07, 2017

Joseph Tilson and Anna Wermuth discuss the NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin's announced that scholarship football players at Division I FBS private colleges and universities are employees entitled to protection under the National Labor Relations Act.

No Pay for Student Athletes’ Play, Seventh Circuit Affirms [Labor & Employment Alert]

December 08, 2016

Joseph Tilson, Anna Wermuth, and Jeremy Glenn discuss a recent decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that student athletes are not employees of the college or university they attend and therefore are not entitled to a minimum wage or overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

NLRB Decides Private University Teaching and Research Assistants Can Unionize [Labor & Employment Alert]

August 24, 2016

Joseph E. Tilson and Anna Wermuth discuss the NLRB decision yesterday that student teaching and research assistants at private colleges and universities are statutory employees who can unionize under the National Labor Relations Act.

Chicago Mandates Paid Sick Time [Labor & Employment Alert]

June 28, 2016

Jeremy J. Glenn and Anna Wermuth discuss what employers need to understand with regards to Chicago's paid sick leave requirement.

Labor and Employment Observer 2015/2016

January 06, 2016

The 2015/2016 Labor and Employment Observer looks back at significant developments in labor and employment law over the past year and forward to what employers can expect in 2016.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Hot Topics in Labor and Employment

September 26, 2019 - Chicago, Ill.

Anna Wermuth will be speaking at the 58th annual Corporate Counsel Institute.

Past Events

Labor Relations in the Trump Era

June 23, 2019 - Denver, CO

2017 Labor and Employment Law Update - Chicago

October 05, 2017 - Chicago, IL

56th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute

September 28, 2017 - Chicago, IL

NACUA Annual Conference 2017

June 25, 2017 - Chicago, IL

NACUBO 2015 Annual Meeting

July 20, 2015 - Nashville, TN

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Northwestern University, M.A., 1992
  • DePaul University, B.A., 1991

Awards & Honors

Leading Lawyers Network Illinois 2009-2019

Illinois Super Lawyer, 2010, 2012-2015, 2018-2019

Illinois Rising Star, 2008-2009

Chambers USA, 2017-2019

Best Lawyers in America 2019-2020

Top Lawyers in Traditional Labor and Employment Law by Lawdragon, 2019

Benchmark Labor & Employment Star for the Midwest

2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Illinois
  • 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