Karl R. Lindegren
Karl Lindegren is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Irvine and Los Angeles offices and is the co-chair of the firm’s California Litigation Practice Group. Karl has practiced labor and employment law for over 30 years, representing companies of all sizes. In his litigation practice, he has tried high stakes employment cases to verdict (for the defense). Representative issues include disability, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation/whistleblower claims. He also advises clients in all areas of employment-related law including, discrimination, leave and accommodation issues, wage-hour, trade secrets and workplace safety (OSHA). In his litigation practice, Karl has handled cases before the California Courts of Appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Montana Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Notably, Karl and the Fisher Phillips team successfully took the Encino Motorcars case to the United States Supreme Court.
Karl frequently speaks to employer groups and provides training to clients and human resource groups.
He is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010.
Karl was recognized as a Litigation – Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for 2014.
- Represented the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles in an eight-week trial in Los Angeles Superior Court on a whistleblower, wrongful termination and sex discrimination claims brought by a former high-level executive. Obtained a complete defense verdict.
- Representing a major data analytics and technology company in a sexual harassment and retaliation case that settled on terms favorable to the client on the first day of trial.
- Obtained a defense verdict after a three-week jury trial on behalf of a logistics company in a national origin, race, religion, and age harassment, discrimination and retaliation claim. Former employees demanded $12.7M in damages.
- Defended an automobile dealership in a claim involving employee’s burglary and sexual assault of a customer at her home in which plaintiff claimed employer negligently allowed access to customer information. Case resolved just before closing arguments favorable to dealership.
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Awards
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2011 – 2021)
- Recognized as a Litigation – Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for 2014.
Served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association in 2006; member of the American Bar Associations Labor and Employment Law Section and the California State Bar Labor and Employment Section.
- More Than A Quarter of the Firm’s Attorneys Recognized in 2021 Edition8.20.20
- California Litigator Interviews With CNBC on Steps Employers Can Take to Protect Against COVID-19 Litigation6.19.20
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- 2016 Newport Beach Seminar9.15.16
- Fisher Phillips Litigators Pull Back Curtain On 2 Novel Trial Strategies That Will Come Up In COVID-19 Litigation5.20.20
- Supreme Court Gives Dealerships The Green Light: Service Advisors Are Exempt From FLSA Overtime Requirements4.2.18
- Groundhog Day Comes Early For West Coast Auto Dealers: Another Loss In Service Advisor Exemption Battle1.10.17
- University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, Los Angeles
- University of Southern CaliforniaA.B. 1982, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
- California Courts of Appeal
- Supreme Court of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- U.S. Supreme Court