Marian M. Zapata-Rossa, Partner


Marian Zapata-Rossa practices in the area of labor and employment law. Her experience includes:

  • Representing employers before various government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Arizona Civil Rights Division, the Department of Labor, and the Arizona Department of Economic Security.
  • Defending employers in arbitration, mediation, and litigation, including contract disputes; enforcement of employment and arbitration agreements; wage and hour claims; discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims; and enforceability of covenants not to compete.
  • Providing employment advice and counseling to employers on current trends and compliance with state and federal employment laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and Arizona's Employment Security laws.
  • Advising employers on employment issues, including background checks, hiring, termination, discipline, whistleblower liability, and workplace investigations.
  • Drafting employment agreements, policies, and handbooks.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Howard University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2007)
    • U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow
    • Trustee Merit Scholar
    • Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team (Co-Captain)
    • Dean's Fellow; Law Clerk for Administrative Judge Gladys O. Collazo at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2004–2005
  • The Ohio State University (B.A., cum laude, 2002)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Navajo Nation

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2008

Professional and Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona (Co-chair of 2010 Minority Bar Convention)
  • Los Abogados Bar Association (Board Member; 2010 Treasurer)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (2009 Young Lawyers Division Board Liaison)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association (Member; Pipeline Program Mentor)
  • A Day for Downtown (Volunteer)
  • Capital School (Homeroom Parent)
  • Quarles Cares (Volunteer)
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program (Volunteer Attorney)

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars (2014–present: Employee Litigation: Defense)
  • Appointed by Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch to serve on the Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary
  • Listed in "20 People to Know in Law" by the Phoenix Business Journal (2016)
  • Listed in Arizona’s Top Lawyers list by Arizona Business Magazine (2014: Generation Next)
  • Named a "40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40" honoree by Univision Radio and Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.
  • Selected with her husband as one of seven of "2010 Arizona's Finest Couples" by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Arizona Chapter
  • Awarded a President's Volunteer Service Award from the Arizona State Bar for her pro bono work with the Wills for Heroes© program
  • Selected to participate in the State Bar of Arizona Bar Leadership Institute (IV Class)


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