Marian Zapata-Rossa is licensed in Arizona, California, and on the Navajo Nation. She defends employers against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, and represents employers in disputes involving employment agreements, restrictive covenants, and non-compete agreements. Marian litigates both single plaintiff and class action employment lawsuits, including wage and hour, and prevailing wage claims, and helps employers resolve administrative matters before numerous state and federal government agencies.
Marian also advises employers on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship with a focus on providing clients with business-oriented solutions to identify and mitigate risk and support diversity and inclusion. To this end, Marian conducts workplace investigations, including under Title VII, Title IX, and various whistleblower statutes. She has also trained thousands of managers and employees on preventing harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace.
In addition, Marian counsels employers and human resources professionals on best practices for handling day-to-day employment issues, including hiring, employee discipline, paid sick time, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, terminations, and whistleblower liability. Marian routinely drafts employment agreements, policies, and handbooks, and keeps her clients abreast of current trends and the latest developments in local, state, and federal employment laws.
In addition to her normal areas of practice, Marian is a member of the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team, an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, formed quickly after recognizing the complex legal issues that businesses would confront as a result of the coronavirus. This group has issued legal alerts and newsletters on the topic and has hosted multiple webinars to address a range of concerns. The group remains committed to monitoring the issues and bringing as much clarity and guidance to clients as possible. More information is available in the COVID-19 Resource Center.
Howard University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2007)
Trustee Merit Scholar
Huber I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team (Co-Captain)
Law Clerk for Administrative Judge Gladys O. Collazo at the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (2004-2005)
The Ohio State University (B.A., cum laude, 2002)
State Bar of Arizona
Bar Leadership Institute Class IV
Minority Bar Convention, Co-Chair (2010)
Los Abogados Bar Association
Board Member (2017)
Vice President (2012-2013)
Maricopa County Bar Association
Young Lawyers Division Board Liaison (2009)
American Bar Association
Hispanic National Bar Association
National Employment Law Council (NELC)
"Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA: Case Review and COVID-19 Impact," Co-Presenter, 2020 Arizona Annual Bar Convention (December 3, 2020)
"Diversity and Inclusion in the 2020 Workplace," Co-Presenter, Financial Executives and Affiliates of Tucson (November 12, 2020)