Linda Barkacs

Linda Barkacs
Phone: (619) 260-7876
Office: Olin Hall 314

Professor of Business Law

  • JD, University of San Diego
  • BA, San Diego State University, Political Science (Cum Laude)
  • AA, Irvine Valley College, Accounting

In addition to having earned undergraduate degrees in both accounting and political science, Linda Barkacs received her JD from the University of San Diego School of Law and subsequently passed the California Bar Exam. She became an associate at the law firm of Hinchy, Witte, Wood, Anderson & Hodges. During that time, she was involved in a number of high profile trials, including a sexual harassment case against the City of Oceanside that resulted in a $1.2 million verdict.

In 1997, Barkacs and her husband, Craig Barkacs, started their own law firm, Barkacs & Barkacs LLP. The firm specialized in business and civil litigation, as well as employment law. Barkacs handled cases in both federal and state court and was also involved in numerous mediations and arbitrations.

In 1997, Barkacs began teaching at the University of San Diego School of Business. Since then, she has designed and taught numerous courses on negotiation, law and ethics. Barkacs often teaches in USD's study abroad programs and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and South America. She received additional training in negotiation at Harvard's Program on Negotiation, the Kellogg School at Northwestern and Duke's CIBER program on International Negotiation. As a way of keeping her skills honed and relevant, Barkacs and her husband are principals in The Barkacs Group, a business consulting firm that provides negotiation, teams and ethics training for the private sector.

Areas of Expertise

management, social and legal research


  • Faculty Teaching Award, 2015

Selected Publications

  • Barkacs, L., Barkacs, C. (2014) Fair Trade in a Wal-Mart World: What Does Globalization Portend for the Triple Bottom End?, Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law , 14(2), 1-22.
  • Barkacs, L., Tehrani, S., Barkacs, C. (2013) 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, 3(1), 88-119.
  • Barkacs, L., Barkacs, C. (2011) 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, 14(2), 105-116.
  • Barkacs, L., Barkacs, C. (2010) Do I Feel Your Pain? Medical Marijuana, the Workplace, and Federalism, Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues , 13(1), 67-74.
  • Barkacs, L., Standifird, S. (2008) Gender Distinctions and Empathy in Negotiation, Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict, 12(1), 83-92.