Andy Backlund

Employment, Volunteer, and Other Experience

Emerald City Attorney Network — Seattle, WA
Attorney (2013 – Present)
Prepare pleadings, research memoranda, correspondence, mediation letters, insurance opinion letters and argue motions in a variety of case areas. Founded and run Emerald City Attorney Network, a network of independent contract attorneys. Manage workload for multiple contract attorneys. Develop marketing strategy and market services to attorneys and firms. Primarily responsible for client service and client satisfaction.

Backlund Law Firm, PLLC — Seattle, WA
Attorney (2017 – Present)
Founder of boutique plaintiff’s employment law firm, focusing on discrimination and wage-and-hour cases.

Disability Rights Washington — Seattle, WA
Volunteer Attorney (March, 2015 – 2017)
Investigate claims, identify issues, research case law, review documents and develop cases on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Prepare informational self-help guides for individuals with disabilities. Research emerging legislation regarding individuals with disabilities.

Bowman and Brooke LLP — Minneapolis, MN
Attorney (2002 – 2004)
Primarily responsible for managing multiple cases in a timely and cost effective manner. Prepared and argued motions including summary judgment. Responsible for contact with corporate clients and in house counsel. Prepared pleadings, research, legal memoranda and discovery. Conducted over one hundred depositions. Supervised other attorneys in major document reviews. Practiced in the following areas: Products liability, employment law and business litigation.

Moss & Barnett, A Professional Association — Minneapolis, MN
Attorney (2000 – 2001)
Prepared complaints, answers, motions, research, legal memoranda, affidavits, and discovery. Conducted depositions and attended mediation. Planned case strategy and administration. Practiced in the following areas: contract, commercial, corporate, litigation, employment, environmental, real estate, condemnation and debt collection.

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota — Minneapolis, MN
Extern/Clerk (2000)
Worked directly with Sr. Judge David Doty to prepare opinions and orders. Researched and prepared memoranda. Critically reviewed and evaluated party briefs and memoranda.

Hessian & McKasy P.A. — Minneapolis, MN
Summer Associate/Law Clerk (1999)
Received offer to start as an attorney after graduation in the fall of 2000. Prepared pleadings and written discovery. Researched and prepared legal memoranda on many complex legal issues including domain name trademark infringement, fraud, benefits, unemployment compensation, licensing, conservatorships, appellate strategy and environmental cleanup.

Walsh Law Firm — Minneapolis, MN
Law Clerk (1998)
Clerked for attorney practicing in the areas of personal injury and employment law. Researched case law. Prepared pleadings and settlement documents.

Lexis-Nexis, University of Minnesota — Minneapolis, MN
Lexis Representative (1998 – 1999)
Received continuous training on Lexis-Nexis. Assisted students and faculty with software and web based access. Serve as the library contact for problems and questions.

Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis — Minneapolis, MN
Client Intake Volunteer (1997 – 1998)
Interviewed prospective clients, spotted issues and discussed case strategy.

Stress Photonics (Engineering Firm) — Madison, WI
Office Manager and Administrative Assistant (1996 – 1997)
Handled accounting, ordering, reception duties and administrative projects for an engineering firm. Learned how to handle a wide range of new duties as a member of a small team.

Whitman College Speech and Debate Team — Walla Walla, WA
Competitor (1992 – 1996)
Developed Lexis, Westlaw and library research skills through hundreds of hours of research. Wrote position briefs for competition. Adapted both speaking style and presentation of information to a variety of judges through competitive speaking. Managed complex filing system. Assisted in the operation of the annual Whitman College Tournament.

Haji Publishing — Seattle, WA
Research Assistant (1993)
Researched and authored briefs for a debate handbook on United States healthcare reform. Jim Hanson and Matt Taylor, West Coast Debate Handbook, (1993).

Education

University of Minnesota Law School — Minneapolis, MN
J.D., cum laude, 2000
Civil Practice Clinic Participant
Civil Practice Clinic Director
National Moot Court
Dean’s List
Minnesota Justice Foundation
Trial Practice

Whitman College — Walla Walla, WA
B.A. in Politics with Distinction, 1996
Senior thesis on United States, Indian and Pakistani Relations
Whitman College Presidential Scholarship 1993-1996
Whitman College Academic Scholarship 1992-1996
Ranked 14th in the nation after preliminary rounds at the 1996 Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Debate Championships
21st rated individual speaker 1996 CEDA National Debate Championships
All American Debate Team 1996
Selected to present an academic paper at the Northwest Communication Association Convention in 1995

Current and Former Professional Affiliations

Washington State Bar (Active)
Minnesota State Bar (Inactive)
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Minnesota State Bar Association
MSBA Employment and Labor Law Section
Hennepin County Bar Association
Ramsey County Bar Association