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About me

I am a  mother of three young girs.  I have practiced employment law for my entire career; starting at Littler Mendelson and working at Sheppard Mullin's San Diego office.  I have the unique opportunity to represent employers as well as select employees (or former employees) if I determine they have a worthy claim. 


I enjoy skiing, Karate, chasing my kids around, and playing on the Wii. 


Languages spoken: Swedish

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 75%
    24 years, 1.8 thousand cases
  2. Class Action: 15%
    15 years, 25 cases
  3. Appeals: 10%
    24 years, 22 cases



Hourly ($300-475/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Derek John Emge

    Great insight and experience


    Derek Emge Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Joel Friedman

    I endorse this lawyer. I have referred clients to Karin Backstrom in the past and worked with her on certain legal matters. Karin is professional, experienced and knowledgable in her field of expertise.


    Joel Friedman Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Backstrom & Heinrichs Attorneys at Law, APC

1434 5th. Ave
4565 Ruffner Street., Suite 207
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono ServiceCalifornia State Bar Association1996
Cal Jur Award--Highest Grade in ClassUniversity of San Diego1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBackstrom & Heinrichs, APC2009 - Present
Head of Employment Law DepartmentDietz, Gilmor & Associates2007 - 2009
Managing PartnerBackstrom & Heinrichs2001 - 2007
Head of Labor DepartmentHInchy, Witte, Wood, Anderson & Hodges1997 - 2001
Labor AssociateSheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton1995 - 1997
AssociateLittler Mendelson1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mission Bay Yacht ClubN/A2010 - Present
PARMAMember2008 - Present
University of San Diego Alumni Board of DirectorsNominating Committee2007 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1992 - Present
San Diego County Bar Association, Labor and Employment SectionMember1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mithun v. CabrilloExcellent result for defendant, plaintiff walked
Shirey v. Pure Flo Water CompanyExcellent result for defendant.
Barlow v. Pacific Eagle InternationalProfitable settlement for plaintiff class members
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Publication nameTitleDate
Public Employee Rights ReporterLeaves of Absence Laws2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Los AngelesSociology and BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wage and Hour UpdateWage and Hour Class Actions2010
Sexual Harassment Prevention in Non ProfitsSexual Harassment2010
San Diego County Office of Education SeminarAccomodating the Disabled Worker2010
Sexual Harassment Prevention TrainingMandatory Training2009
Public Agency Risk Management Association 2009Not all Lawyers Need to Be Killed2009
New Legislation for 2010Human Resources Laws2009
Employment Law UpdateNew Legislation for 20092009
California State Bar Annual MeetingLeaves of Absence2004