Sean M. Anderson

Teaching Professor of Law


Sean Anderson teaches about employee benefits law, estates and trusts, legal writing, and advocacy. His articles about employee benefits law have been published in The Tax Lawyer, the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, and the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. He has co-authored annual supplements to a leading casebook, Pension and Employee Benefit Law, and is a principal author of ERISA Litigation and a co-editor of Pension and Employee Benefit Statutes and Regulations: Selected Sections. He has consulted with the U.S. Secretary of Labor on matters relating to employee stock ownership.

Professor Anderson brings to his teaching and research a decade of experience practicing law. He served first as a law clerk to the Honorable Walter J. Cummings of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and then as a trial and appellate litigator with firms in Chicago and Peoria, Illinois. He received his B.A. from Bucknell University and pursued graduate studies in the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review.

Professor Anderson is admitted to practice in Illinois (inactive) and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a number of federal district courts.


JD University of California, Berkeley
BA Bucknell University

Areas of Expertise

Retirement Plans / ERISA
Civil Litigation


Employee Benefits
Decedents’ Estates and Trusts
Introduction to Advocacy
Legal Writing and Analysis

Selected Publications

ERISA Litigation (6th ed. forthcoming 2017) (co-editor)

Pension and Employee Benefit Statutes and Regulations: Selected Sections (forthcoming 2017) (co-editor)

Everything Old Is New Again: Bertrand Russell and Steven Salaita, 6 J. Acad. Freedom (2015).

ERISA Benefits Litigation: An Empirical Picture, 28 ABA J. Labor & Emp. L. 1 (2012).

Risky Retirement Business: How ESOPs Hurt the Workers They Are Supposed To Help, 41 Loyola Univ. Chicago L.J. 1 (2009).


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