Sean M. Anderson

Teaching Professor of Law


Sean Anderson teaches and writes about employee benefits law, legal writing, and advocacy. His articles have been published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, and the Journal of Academic Freedom. He is a co-author for future editions of a leading casebook, Pension and Employee Benefit Law, and a co-editor of both ERISA Litigation and 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 BA from Bucknell University and pursued graduate studies in the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. He earned his JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law at 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 Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
BA Bucknell University

Areas of Expertise

Retirement Plans / ERISA
Civil Litigation


Employee Benefits
Legal Writing and Analysis
Introduction to Advocacy
Appellate Advocacy

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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