Cara F. Barrick

Shareholder || San Francisco

Cara Barrick is a shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office. Cara has extensive experience representing her clients in the courtroom, as lead counsel through verdicts in several jury trials. With her practical and strategic approach, Cara has defended employers in matters pending before state trial and appellate courts; federal district courts; and various federal, state, and local agencies. She also counsels businesses of all sizes in employment law compliance issues, including coaching in hiring, disciplinary, and separation decisions; drafting employment policies; and auditing job duties to properly classify employees under various wage and hour laws. Her SPHR-CA and SHRM-SCP certifications reflect her commitment to the HR profession and competency in the legal issues that matter most to HR professionals.

Cara is admitted to practice in both California and Florida. She spent the first decade of her career as a trial attorney in Florida, first with a large insurance defense firm, then with a boutique firm where she became a partner. In 2010 and again in 2011, she was selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Cara earned both her law degree and her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. In between, she was awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship and attended the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

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  • Obtained unanimous jury verdict in San Francisco, CA, in favor of the employer and individual defendant, following employee’s claims of same-sex sexual harassment, national origin discrimination relating to language use, and retaliation.
  • Obtained favorable jury verdicts for clients following business partnership dispute, loan dispute, and commercial real estate dispute.
  • Secured favorable resolution for general contractor defending age discrimination claim, moments after trial began.
  • Efficiently negotiated resolutions to claims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation pending before state and federal courts, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity.
  • Succeeded in reversing a classification decision by the Florida Department of Revenue, ensuring for client that couriers were correctly treated as independent contractors rather than as employees.
  • Efficiently negotiated several court-approved resolutions to lawsuits alleging claims of federal Fair Labor Standards Act violations brought against businesses in the construction industry, including general, roofing, painting, landscaping, and other specialty contractors.
  • Obtained temporary injunctive relief in client’s favor, preventing continued breaches of franchise agreement.
  • Forced voluntary dismissal of claims of wage-and-hour violations against franchisor of nationally known restaurant chain.


  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2005
  • B.S., University of Florida, 2000

Admittance to Practice

  • California
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Labor and Employment Sections of the California Bar and the Florida Bar
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Next Concept Human Resources Association
  • Marin County Bar Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Finding Your Way in the Wild West: A Primer on California Employment Law" - Las Vegas - May 1, 2019
  • Managing a Workforce - "California 2018 Labor and Employment Law Update" - Sacramento - November 2018
  • Managing a Workforce - "California 2018 Labor and Employment Law Update" - San Francisco - October 2018
  • Next Concept HR Association - "California's New ABC Test for Independent Contractors" - Santa Clara County - October 2018
  • Next Concept HR Association - "California’s New ABC Test for Independent Contractors" - Marin County - August 2018
  • Strafford Webinar - "California's New National Origin Discrimination Regulations for Employers" - August 2018
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, San Francisco Bay Area - "Apocalyptic, Brutal, Catastrophic: California’s New ABC Test for Independent Contractors" - San Francisco and Mountain View - July 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Best Practices for Conducting Internal Workplace Investigations in California - Tips From the Trenches" - San Francisco - April 13, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "California's New Fair Pay Act Amendments: Audit Strategies To Manage Your Risk" - San Francisco - April 13, 2017
  • Executives’ Association of the Palm Beaches - "What the Affordable Care Act Means to Your Business and Employees" - West Palm Beach - June 1, 2013
  • Palm Beach County Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association - "The Importance of Keeping Track of Time" - Palm Beach Gardens - June 1, 2013
  • Palm Beach Business Leadership Network - "Preparing Written Job Descriptions in the Context of the ADA and FLSA" - Palm Beach - March 1, 2012
  • Executives’ Association of the Palm Beaches - "Social Media In and Out of the Workplace" - West Palm Beach - June 1, 2011
  • June 12, 2018 - SHRM Online - "California Adopts New National Origin Discrimination Regulations"
  • April 1, 2005 - University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy - "Terrorists and Tennis Courts: How Legal Interpretations of the Freedom of Information Act and New Laws Enacted to Prevent Terrorist Attacks Will Shape the Public’s Ability to Access Critical Infrastructure Information"
  • May 15, 2019 - Cook County Record - "Labor Dept. 'gig economy' letter can help companies accused of misclassifying independent contractors, attorney says"
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2010 and 2011
  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, 2001

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