Anne McClain-Sidrys is a litigation partner in Chicago. She is a Certified Public Accountant and, prior to law school, worked for five years as an auditor for Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche). Given her financial background and accounting experience, Anne focuses her practice on financial and complex commercial litigation and contract disputes. In her nearly 30 years at Kirkland, she has handled a number of lawsuits and disputes involving contracts, Information Technology (IT) outsourcing agreements, fraud, non-compete agreements, trade secret violations, products liability, and securities claims.

In addition, Anne has first-chaired a number of trials and arbitrations, including several breach of contract/fraud actions for IBM. Anne also chaired a trial in the Southern District of New York for Motorola, that involved fraudulent transfer and preference claims. Each of these trials and arbitrations resulted in complete victories for her clients. Anne was featured in the November 2015 National Law Journal "Winning" contest for her work on the IBM/Carlson trial. She was also featured in the “Big Suits” article in The American Lawyer for her work in the Motorola/Iridium bankruptcy matter. She was named as a 2012 BTI Client Service Super All-Star and as a favorite litigator by the BTI Consulting Group in its 2012 Client Service All-Stars report. In 2014, Law360 featured Anne in the article “Female Powerbrokers Q&A” for her work in litigation. Anne was also named to Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” list from 2014 to 2021 and as a “Litigation Star” from 2014 to 2021. Anne was recognized as one of two “favorite outside counsel” in commercial litigation by IBM’s then General Counsel in The Wall Street Journal. In 2018, Crain's Chicago Business named Anne to its second annual list of “Chicago's Notable Women Lawyers.” Anne was recognized in Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers list and Law Bulletin Media’s Leading Lawyers in 2019.

Anne was also featured in the following articles for her role in K&E Parenting Link, a program she co-founded to respond to questions and issues raised by parents at Kirkland: Law Firm’s Luncheon Meetings Hit the High Points – “On Parenting,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, May 3, 2005; “The Daddy Diaries, Fathers Juggle Work, Kids, and Stress, Too,” The Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2005.

Summary of Professional Experience

Kirkland & Ellis, 1993–present (Partner since 1998)

The Honorable James B. Moran, Northern District of Illinois, 1992–1993 (Judicial Clerk)

Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche), 1984–1989 (Audit Manager)


Certified Public Accountant, 1985


Memberships & Affiliations

Trial Bar, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

American Bar Association

  • Member, Illinois and Minnesota Bar

University of Chicago Law School

  • Instructor, Accounting Theory & the Law


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1992Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois1993
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit1994
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit1994
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit2010


  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.

    magna cum laude


    Order of the Coif

    Associate Editor, The Georgetown University Law Review

  • University of IowaB.B.A.with Highest Distinction/Honors1984