Anne B. Sekel



Anne B. Sekel is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and serves as the office managing partner of the firm's New York office. She has experience assisting clients with a broad range of litigation matters, including Dodd-Frank whistleblower claims, employment discrimination and retaliation, trade secrets/non-competes, commercial and financial fraud, breach of contract, and white collar defense and government investigations. Anne is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Labor & Employment Practices.

Anne has successfully represented clients in all phases of commercial disputes, ranging from pre-litigation dispute resolution all the way through trial or arbitration.

Anne has been active in leadership roles within the firm, having served as the representative of the New York Office on the firm’s Associates Committee and having served as the Committee's national chair, and currently serving as a representative on the firm’s Women’s Network. Anne is the New York City office chair of the Litigation Department. She also frequently works on the firm’s loss prevention and professional responsibility matters.

Representative Experience

  • Won a jury trial in a Title VII gender discrimination case in the Eastern District of New York 
  • Won a jury trial in a professional negligence and breach of contract action in New York State Supreme Court, Westchester County 
  • Obtained dismissal on summary judgment of age discrimination claims in New York State Supreme Court, Queens County 
  • Successfully negotiated favorable settlements of a broad range of claims against a global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services

Community Engagement

Anne also devotes a considerable amount of time to various pro bono efforts. She has represented an individual from The Gambia in a defensive asylum application, as well as represented a death row inmate in his post-conviction efforts to have his death sentence vacated. In addition, she represents a non-profit organization that partners with third world artisans to help them build sustainable businesses.

Anne currently is serving as the co-chair of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. She is also the Treasurer of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section.


In 2013 – 2016, Anne was selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers - Rising Stars® lists. 

In 2017, Anne was selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers® list.


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law – Yeshiva University (J.D.)
    • Co-chair, Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women
    • Supervisor, Student Advocates for the Courtroom Advocates Project
  • Columbia University (B.S.)


  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York
  • District of New Jersey


  • Author, “New York City Mandates Cooperative Dialogue for Accommodation Requests,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, April 23, 2018
  • Author, “Off-Duty Emails May Be Compensable (or Not),” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, August 14, 2017
  • Author, “Could Wellness Programs Be Making Your Company “Sick?” The Potential Perils of Collecting Biometric Data About Employees,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, March 13, 2017
  • Author, “SCOTUS Sends Auto Workers Back to Circuit Court for Overtime Regulation “Repairs”,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, October 10, 2016
  • Author, “NYC Lays Down Law (And The Wave Of The Future?) On Gender Identity Discrimination,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, May 23, 2016
  • Author, “Paid Parental Leave: Boston Starts Another Party,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, July 6, 2015
  • Author, “As the Late, Great Joan Rivers Would Say, ‘Can We Talk’ (About Our Salaries)? The Answer May Soon Be ‘Yes,’” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, January 20, 2015 
  • Author, “Micro Unions Are Here to Stay: Cosmetics Workers Made Up for Unionizing but Shoes Salespeople Need to Find a Better Fit,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, August 4, 2014 
  • Author, “Third Circuit Rules: Big Cheese Is No Employee,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, August 26, 2013 
  • Co-author, “GINA?? No, She’s Not Your Niece. ‘She’ Is the Newest Area of EEOC Focus and It’s Time to Take Note of ‘Her,’” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, June 24, 2013