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Honors Program

Linda L. Barkacs

Associate Professor, Business Law

In addition to having earned undergraduate degrees in both accounting and political science, Professor Linda Barkacs received her J.D. 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, Professor Barkacs and her husband, Professor Craig Barkacs, started their own law firm, Barkacs & Barkacs LLP. The firm specialized in business and civil litigation, as well as employment law. Professor Barkacs handled cases in both federal and state court and was also involved in numerous mediations and arbitrations.

In 1997, Professor 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. Professor 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, Professor 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.


J.D. University of San Diego B.A. San Diego State University, Political Science (Cum Laude) A.A. Irvine Valley College, Accounting