James R. Anderson


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James R. Anderson, Associate

Legal Experience

Mr. Anderson represents employee benefit plan trust funds in ERISA collection actions, including federal courts, resulting in the collection of millions of dollars. He is experienced in preparing and representing labor arbitration cases for labor before joint boards and arbitrators, along with Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour cases. Mr. Anderson joined Arnold and Kadjan, LLP attorneys in a case of first impression, Chicago Painters v. Royal Decorating, 2004 WL 1459553 (N.D. Ill. 2004), where the court entered judgment in favor of the benefit funds based upon a "material audit." The audit compared the amount of hours it should have taken for an employer to finish-tape drywall to hours actually reported by the employer and recovered the deficiency. This was affirmed by the Seventh Circuit 493 F.3d 782 in 2007.

Before joining Arnold and Kadjan, LLP in 1992, Mr. Anderson represented employees in employment discrimination matters.

Bar Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


DePaul University College of Law, J.D. 1991

  • Order of the Coif member, a law honor society for those whose scholastic records are within the top 10% of the graduating class
  • Served on the DePaul Law Review, which published his comment “Collective Bargaining Units in the Health Care Industry after American Hospital Associations v. National Labor Relations Board”

University of Illinois at Chicago, M.S., 1980
University of Illinois at Chicago, A.B. with honors, 1974

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