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Amber L. Eck

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in San Diego, CA

Haeggquist & Eck, LLP
225 Broadway, Suite 2050
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-342-8000
Fax: 619-342-7878
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1995
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Securities & Corporate Finance
Attorney Profile

Attorney Amber L. Eck is a partner with the Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, law firm in San Diego, California. Serving as chair for the firm's securities litigation practice group, Ms. Eck focuses her practice primarily on securities litigation, consumer class actions and employment law.

A top-rated, award-winning attorney with more than 23 years of legal experience, Ms. Eck zealously advocates on behalf of shareholders and consumers who experienced significant losses as a result of securities fraud, real estate scams and other unscrupulous business practices as well as employees who experienced a violation of their rights as workers on the job.

Throughout her career, Ms. Eck has helped recover millions of dollars in settlements and awards for her plaintiff clients, and she has earned a reputation as a tenacious trial attorney who aggressively pursues the most favorable outcome possible for those she serves. Among her most notable successes, she served as co-lead counsel in a major class action against Donald Trump and Trump University, securing a $25 million settlement.

A 1990 graduate of Pepperdine University, Ms. Eck attended Boston University School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1995. Widely regarded as a leader in her field, she has conducted numerous lectures on a variety of legal topics, and she has served as a mentor for both law students and other attorneys.

Highly active in her legal community, she was a panelist for the 2017 California Women Lawyers Conference on Transitions to Leadership as well as for the Small Law Firms and Sole Practitioner Conference on Time Management for Attorneys sponsored by the Lawyers Club. She is also a member of several local, state and national professional legal organizations, and she is currently a master for the Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court and barrister for the William B. Enright American Inn of Court.

Recognized for her exceptional legal abilities and success, Ms. Eck holds an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and the San Diego Business Journal voted her as Best of the Bar in 2017. Dedicated to volunteering her time and services to those less fortunate in her area, she has received the Distinguished Service Award and the Wiley M. Manuel Award for her pro bono service.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 30%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 20%Securities & Corporate Finance
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Class Actions, Securities Law


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022

Articles about Amber L. Eck appearing in Super Lawyers

About Amber L. Eck

First Admitted: 1995, California

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • National Assn. of Shareholder and Consumer Attorneys (NASCAT), Member
  • Class Action Preservation Project (CAPP) Committee of Public Justice, Member
  • William B. Enright American Inn of Court, Barrister and Associate
  • Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court, Master
  • American Inns of Court, William B. Enright Chapter, Associate, 1996-1997, Barrister, 2009-2011
  • Federal Bar Association, 1997-2000, 2008-present
  • San Diego Barristers Club, Board of Directors, 1996-1998
  • National Employment Lawyers Assn. ("NELA"), 2016-present
  • San Diego County Bar Assn., 1995-present
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 2010-present
  • California Employment Lawyers Assn. ("CELA"), 2015-present
  •  American Inns of Court, Louis M Welsh Chapter, Barrister, 2009-2011
  • Lawyers Club, Sustaining Member, 1995-2000, 2008-present
  • Phi Alpha Delta, San Diego Alumni Chapter, Vice Justice, 1995-1998


  • National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO), Trailblazer’s Award, 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Finalist for San Diego Magazine’s Woman Of The Year Award
  • Ms. Eck received the Distinguished Service Award for pro bono service for her work on Sanchez v. County of San Diego., Distinguished Service award for Pro Bono Service, San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • San Diego Business Journal’s Best of the Bar in 2017
  • The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has served since its inception in 1975 as the unified voice of over 9 million women-owned businesses in the United States. The annual BRAVO awards honor the accomplishments and contributions of entrepreneurial women who are leading the way in their local business communities, Woman Business Owner of the Year nominee, National Association of Women Business Owners, 2016
  • Ms. Eck recieved the Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Service Award from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program for her pro bono work in Badua v. City of San Diego., Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Service Award, San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Utilizing a peer nomination and review process, “Best of the Bar” honors San Diego lawyers who have made a significant impact on their profession and community. Amber Eck was selected for inclusion in the list after votes of more than 1,200 attorneys from throughout San Diego County were considered to determine the region’s best advocates in a wide range of practice areas., Best of the Bar, San Diego Business Journal, 2016
  • Amber Eck is AV Preeminent-Rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings System.  The AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell is the highest level of professional excellence at which an attorney can be ranked by their peers.  The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings System is based on the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell representatives conduct personal interviews to discuss lawyers under review with other members of the Bar. A compilation of these opinions from fifteen judges and practicing attorneys is necessary to form a consensus. In addition, confidential questionnaires are sent to lawyers and judges in the same geographic location and/or area of practice as the lawyer being rated. Members of the Bar are instructed to assess their colleague’s legal ability and general ethical standards. Lawyer Ratings serve as an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability and are used by buyers of legal services to justify their hiring decisions, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016


  • CardioNet, Inc. (San Diego Sup. Ct.) – Total Settlement - $7.25 million (2012)Ecotality, Inc. Sec. Litig. (N.D. Cal.) – Total Settlement - $1.1 million (2015)Makaeff v. Trump University, LLC (S.D. Cal.) – Order awarding $798,779 in attorneys’ fees and costs on Plaintiffs’ successful Anti-SLAPP motion (2015)NQ Mobile Sec. Litig. (S.D.N.Y.) – Total Settlement - $5.1M (2016)Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. (N.D. Ohio) – Total Settlement - $84 million (2016)

Educational Background

  • Boston University School of Law, JD (Magna cum laude) - 1995 Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar (top 1% third year – 4th out of 381 students) Concentration in health care law, with honors Law Related Education (LRE) Program; Director, 1992-1993 International Law Journal; Case & Note Editor, 1994-1995; member, 1993-1994 Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Team, Best Brief, Northeast Region, 1995 Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Chapter Justice, 1993-1994; Vice Justice, 1992-1993 International Law Society, 1993-1995Pepperdine University, B.A. (Magna cum laude) - 1990 Volunteer Center, co-founder and coordinator of Malibu Jr. High Tutoring Program, 1989-1990 Pi Beta Phi sorority, historian, 1989-1990; member 1988-1990 Alpha Chi National Honor Society, President, 1989-1990, member 1987-1990

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • REPRESENTATIVE CASES:Alexis v. Rogers, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47031 (S.D. Cal., Feb. 26, 2016)In re Ecotality, Inc. Sec. Litig., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114804 (Aug. 28, 2015)Cohen v. Trump, 303 F.R.D. 376 (S.D. Cal., Oct. 24, 2014) Makaeff v. Trump Univ., LLC, 26 F. Supp. 3d 1002 (S.D. Cal., June 16, 2014)Cohen v. Trump, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23885 (S.D. Cal., Feb. 21, 2014)Makaeff v. Trump Univ., LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22392 (S.D. Cal., Feb. 21, 2014)Makaeff v. Trump Univ., LLC, 715 F.3d 254 (9th Cir., April 17, 2013)Brennan v. United States TelePacific Corp., 2013 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 712 (4th Dist. Ct. App., Jan. 30, 2013)West Palm Beach Police Pension Fund v. Cardionet, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30607 (S.D. Cal., Mar. 24, 2011)In re Sony VAIO Computer Notebook Trackpad Litig., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115142 (S.D. Cal., Oct. 27, 2010)Lane v. Page (“Westland”), 581 F. Supp. 2d 1094 (D.N.M., Sept. 24, 2008)In re Wireless Facilities, Inc., 253 F.R.D. 607 (S.D. Cal., Sept. 3, 2008)New Eng. Health Care Emples. Pension Fund v. Fruit of the Loom, Inc., 234 F.R.D. 627 (W.D.Ky., Mar. 17, 2006)In re Sprint Corp. Secs. Litig., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7898 (D. Kan., Feb. 24, 2004) StorMedia Inc. v. Superior Court, 20 Cal. 4th 449 (May 27, 1999)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Ms. Eck has written articles for publication, including “Lessons Learned from Mentors of the Past,” which was published in the national American Inn of Court magazine, The Bencher, in January, 2011. She has also lectured to law school students and attorneys, including a Lawyers Club symposium regarding Small Law Firms and Sole Practitioners, and Lawyers Club panel on Time Management for Attorneys.
  • Panelist, Lawyers Club Small Law Firms and Sole Practitioner Conference on Time Management for Attorneys
  • Panelist, 2017 California Women Lawyers Conference on Transitions to Leadership

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Ms. Eck is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts of America, and has served as a Girl Scout troop leader for the past six years. Ms. Eck has also served as the GATE District Advisory Council Representative for Loma Portal Elementary School, volunteer for Genesis Diez (which provides service to orphans and indigenous poor children in Baja, Mexico), and as a Deacon for Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church. Amber Eck is also active in Christian Youth Theater (“CYT”) and has served on the public relations and historian committees.
  • Christian Youth Theater
  • Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, Deacon
  • Genesis Diez, Volunteer
  • GATE District Advisory Council Representative for Loma Portal Elementary School
  • Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Collaborative, Member
  • S.D. Cal. Pro Bono Panel, Member
  • Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Service Award for Badua v. City of San Diego (1999)
  • Distinguished Service Award for pro bono service in Sanchez v. County of San Diego (2002)
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Office Location for Amber L. Eck

225 Broadway
Suite 2050
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-342-8000

Fax: 619-342-7878

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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