Anne E. Rea

Managing Partner, West Coast at Sidley Austin LLP

Anne E. Rea

Anne E. Rea

Managing Partner, West Coast at Sidley Austin LLP

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ANNE E. REA, a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Executive Committee, is the global leader of Sidley’s ERISA Litigation practice area team. Chambers USA recognizes Sidley’s ERISA Litigation practice as a leading practice. Chambers also awarded Sidley’s ERISA Litigation team the exclusive “Recommended for Client Service” recognition in 2012 and “Recommended for Commercial Awareness” recognition in 2013.

Anne concentrates her practice in complex class action litigation with a special focus on ERISA and fiduciary lawsuits as well as corporate, securities, and tax matters. Anne represents companies, plans and fiduciaries in ERISA class action lawsuits challenging the design and administration of employee benefit plans. Anne also represents companies in securities fraud class actions, derivative suits, and other complex litigation.

Anne served as counsel for the defendants in prevailing in both the district court and court of appeals in Pender v. Bank of America Corp. (4th Cir.), Hurlic v. Southern California Gas Co. (9th Cir.), Fry v. Exelon Corp. Cash Balance Pension Plan (7th Cir), Thomas M. Cooley Law School v. American Bar Association (6th Cir.) and In re Tyson Foods, Inc. Securities Litigation (3d Cir.) Anne also has represented pharmaceutical companies in antitrust and products liability suits. She has handled complex arbitrations and mediations and argued numerous appeals, including Doe v. Northwestern University, 183 Ill. 2d 407 (1998), and Pluto v. G.D. Searle, 690 N.E.2d 619 (1997), affirming a jury verdict in which Anne was a trial counsel.

Anne is a member of the American Law Institute, which is responsible for formulating the Restatements of the Law and updating the Uniform Commercial Code and other model codes. She is listed as a leading lawyer in ERISA litigation by Chambers USA and Legal 500, and is quoted in financial and mutual fund publications in ERISA developments. She is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, and a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association.

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Sidley Austin LLP

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Managing Partner, West Coast at Sidley Austin LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1984

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

AB, magna cum laude
Class of 1981

Brown University is located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and was founded in 1764. It is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

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Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association is the premier legal association in the state. As a voluntary organization of more than 30,000 members, the Association's primary focus is to assist Illinois lawyers in the practice of law and to promote improvements in the administration of justice. The Association engages in many important activities on behalf of the profession — among them proposing and shaping legislation, educating the public, and supporting the courts and the rule of law

Career History
Managing Partner, West Coast
Current

Sidley Austin LLP is an American multi-national private company located in New York, NY, that provides legal services.

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The Chicago Bar Foundation mobilizes Chicago's legal community to improve access to justice.

$1 - $499
2009

Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is a nonprofit civic leadership organization founded in 1983 that has more than 900 alumni today. Approximately 35 individuals from diverse backgrounds participate in the Fellows Program annually, representing business, civic, nonprofit and government sectors. The Fellows Program provides a foundation for a lifelong commitment to civic engagement by creating awareness of key issues facing the Chicago region and challenges leaders to bring about positive change in the community.

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2006

Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is a nonprofit civic leadership organization founded in 1983 that has more than 900 alumni today. Approximately 35 individuals from diverse backgrounds participate in the Fellows Program annually, representing business, civic, nonprofit and government sectors. The Fellows Program provides a foundation for a lifelong commitment to civic engagement by creating awareness of key issues facing the Chicago region and challenges leaders to bring about positive change in the community.

Political Donations
$500
2012

Former President of United States

Awards & Honors
2011
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
2006
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
2005
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
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