Linda Barkacs, J.D.

Associate Professor of Business Law
Linda Barkacs, J.D.
(619) 260-7876
Office Location
Olin Hall 314
  • J.D. University of San Diego
  • B.A. San Diego State University, Political Science
  • A.A. Irvine Valley College, Accounting
Areas of Expertise
Management, Social And Legal Research

Selected Publications

  • Fair Trade in a Wal-Mart World: What Does Globalization Portend for the Triple Bottom End?, Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Divorcing the Defense of Marriage Act: Judicial Tensions in Upholding the Legislated Preclusion of Federal Same-Sex Marital Rights, American University Washington College of Law - Labor & Employment Law Forum
  • She's Not Heavy, She's My Sister: Does Anyone Really Give a Hooter about Obesity and Weight Discrimination? The Case of the "Heavy" Hooters Girls, Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues
  • Do I Feel Your Pain? Medical Marijuana, the Workplace, and Federalism, Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues
  • Gender Distinctions and Empathy in Negotiation, Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict


Linda Barkacs attained her J.D. from the University of San Diego, and embarked on an illustrious career spanning legal, business, and academia. Often representing the underdog in high-profile civil and business litigation cases, she and her law partner husband, Craig, achieved outstanding results litigating opposite the most powerful law firms in the country. Barkacs teaches and publishes in topics on negotiation, corporate social responsibility, law, and international business. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs (including MSEL, MSGL, MSCM, and CMBA). She has traveled and taught extensively throughout South America, Asia, and Europe. Professor Barkacs and her husband are principals in The Barkacs Group, which provides negotiation consulting and training for the private sector. She is co-author of McGraw-Hill’s besting selling textbook Dynamic Business Law (3rd ed.) and has won numerous teaching awards. She and her husband are currently writing a book on negotiation for business professionals. …