Anu Susan Thomas


Anu Susan Thomas is an associate in the Litigation Department and a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Group.

Her practice focuses on counseling employers on a wide range of labor and employment issues. Anu has experience assisting employers drafting and reviewing workplace policies and agreements, including cutting-edge workplace anti-harassment and social media policies, as well as conducting holistic revamping of employee handbooks. She has counseled clients on issues relating to employee classifications and exemptions, state and federal anti-discrimination laws, enforcement of restrictive covenants, forms and documents for Fair Credit Reporting Act compliance and regulatory compliance under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Anu maintains an active pro bono practice, particularly working with clients seeking asylum and other immigration-related matters.

Judicial Internships

Hon. Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, September 2016-May 2017

Professional Activities

American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Chapter/Philadelphia Chapter Member

American Bar Association Member

Associated Alumni of Central High School Board Member

Recognition & Accomplishments

Contributor, Ballard Spahr's receipt of Human Rights First's 2019 Marvin E. Frankel Award, for outstanding pro bono services to refugees and asylum seekers.

Recipient, Ballard Spahr's 2019 Alan J. Davis Award, for pro bono work as a member of the SIFI team representing detainees in Georgia who are seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, "Building Blocks for a Successful DEI Program," Newtown Business Association, February 25, 2021

Co-presenter, "Workplace Equity: State and Federal Trends in 2020," Ballard Spahr webinar, February 11, 2020

Co-presenter, "Background Checks: The Ever-Changing Landscape," Ballard Spahr webinar, October 10, 2019


Anu is a frequent contributor to the firm's HR Law Watch blog and Consumer Finance Monitor blog.

Co-author, "'Dear Working Parent, We Support You. Warmly, Your Employer,"', March 19, 2020 

Chapter co-author, "Impact of Other Employment Laws on ERISA," ERISA: A Comprehensive Guide, Fifth Edition, (2020)



Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2017)
Editor-in-Chief, Temple International and Comparative Law Journal
Beasley Scholar
Recipient, Barristers Award for Best Overall Performance Integrated Trial Advocacy Program
Recipient, Henry J. Richardson, III Award for Best Paper in the Field of International Human Rights
Recipient, Lena L. Hale Award for Outstanding Extracurricular Activities
Captain, International Criminal Court Moot Court Team

Villanova University (B.A. magna cum laude with distinction, 2013)




Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Arabic



U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania