Location: San Diego
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Employment Law
- Consumer Class Actions
- Wage & Hour Class Actions
- Sexual Harassment
- Wrongful Termination
- Human Rights & Trafficking
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
As founder and managing partner of Haeggquist & Eck, Alreen Haeggquist is dedicated to representing employees who have been wrongfully terminated or otherwise harassed and discriminated against at work. Alreen has successfully represented employees in cases involving wrongful termination, sexual harassment, all types of discrimination, retaliation, and wage theft.
Alreen’s passion for representing employees started at a very early age. Her parents left Communist Burma to create a better life for her family, and she witnessed her parents work tirelessly to provide her with every opportunity she could imagine. This experience informed her unwavering commitment to human rights and giving a voice to the underrepresented. Today, the overwhelming majority of Alreen’s clients are women who have suffered egregious wrongs at the hands of their employers, and no defendant is too large or powerful for her to tackle. She has recently represented plaintiffs in employment claims against such major corporations as Trader Joe’s, Sharp Healthcare, Wyndham, and Kaiser Permanente. Alreen was also class counsel in the well-publicized consumer fraud litigation against presidential contender Donald Trump and Trump University, which settled in November 2016 for $25 million. For their seven years of work in the case, Alreen and her partners took no fees or costs.
Before starting her firm, Alreen practiced law at the nation’s largest consumer class action firm, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, where she played a key role in successfully prosecuting a number of antitrust, unfair competition, and insurance fraud cases.
In 2017, Alreen received the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s prestigious President’s Award in recognition of her tireless service to that organization. In 2016 and 2017, she was named a Super Lawyer for her work in employment litigation. Less than an estimated five percent of attorneys statewide receive this honor. She also was named one of SD Metro Magazine’s “40 Under 40” for 2016, and was nominated for the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Women’s Advocate of the Year award for her work on behalf of women who have been wrongfully terminated or sexually harassed in the workplace. The San Diego Daily Transcript named Alreen a Top Labor/Employment Attorney, and she is a past recipient of the California Innocence Project’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2015, Alreen graduated from the renowned Trial Lawyers College in Jackson, Wyoming.
Alreen has received an AV Preeminent rating, the highest peer rating standard bestowed on attorneys by research clearinghouse Martindale-Hubbell, for professional excellence in legal knowledge, skills, and ethics. She is member of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California, Lawyers Club, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Consumer Attorneys of California, the California Employment Lawyers Association, and the San Diego County Bar Association. She has written numerous articles for California Litigation Review relating to recent developments in class action and discovery law, and frequently speaks and lectures on employment law issues. She graduated third in her class from California Western School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the California Western Law Review and the California Western International Law Journal, worked with the California Innocence Project and as an honors instructor for international L.L.M. students, and was on the Dean’s List. She holds a B.A. in political science with minors in law and society and Latin American history from the University of California at San Diego.
Alreen is a founding board member and currently sits on the advisory board of Think Dignity (formerly Girls Think Tank), a grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire, empower, and organize the San Diego community to advance basic dignity for those facing homelessness.
Alreen’s commitment to equality, respect, and giving a voice to all, despite race, religion, gender, or disability drives her every day to do her very best for each person who entrusts her with that opportunity. She comes from a very large family and treats each one of her clients as an extension of her own, and believes each of her clients should have the same quality of representation that she would want for her loved ones. When Alreen is not fighting for equality, she loves spending time outdoors with her husband, Michael, and their five-year-old daughter, Maya.