Mariana Gaxiola

Philadelphia,  PA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment
    Contact InfoTelephone: 215.988.7876
    Fax: 215.717.5250
    University Texas Tech University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2005; Staff Writer and Assistant Marketing Editor, New Developments; Recipient, Pro Bono Publico Award; Class Representative, Student Bar Association, Fall 2006-Spring 2007
    Law SchoolRutgers School of Law - Camden, J.D., with honors, 2009; Editor-in-Chief, Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, May 2008-May 2009; Teaching Assistant, Constitutional Law
    Admitted2009, Pennsylvania; 2010, New Jersey; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

    Professional & Community Involvement

    •Board Member and Secretary, Hispanic Legal Education Fund

    •Board Member, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania

    •Board Member, Wagner Free Institute of Science of Philadelphia

    •Member, Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership Institute

    •Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association

    LanguagesSpanish, Fluent
    BornGuadalajara, Mexico

    Mariana Gaxiola represents clients in all aspects of employment litigation, including wage and hour class and collective actions, Title VII, ADA, noncompetition, and trade secret protection cases, as well as EEOC and PHRC charges. As part of her practice, she regularly counsels senior management and human resources personnel on employment law compliance matters such as reductions in force, leaves of absence, employee discipline, restrictive covenants, and exempt status classification under state laws and the FLSA. Mariana practices in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies and international and domestic alternative dispute resolution panels.

    In addition to her litigation practice, Mariana has experience representing management in union relations matters, charges before the NLRB, collective bargaining negotiations, and contract disputes involving grievance arbitrations. She also trains management and rank and file employees on how to avoid labor and employment law violations and litigation.

    Mariana is a native Spanish speaker and regularly handles matters involving Spanish-speaking clients and employees.

    Awards & Recognition

    •Team Member, aLaw360Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2013

    Legal Experience

    •Extern/Counsel, Philadelphia Gas Works, Philadelphia, PA, September 2009-August 2010

    Articles, Publications, & Lectures

    •Co-Author, New Bill Seeks to Combat Theft of Trade Secrets, Protect Jobs ,GT Alert, May 6, 2014

    •Co-Author, Philadelphia Law Creates New Employee Rights, Employer Obligations Concerning Pregnancy and Related Medical Conditions ,GT Alert, February 20, 2014

    •Author, Expanding State Law Evidentiary Privileges According to the Religion Clause of the First Amendment:Varner v. Stovall, 9.2Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion,2008

    •Author, The Hard Line Between Stopping Child Pornography and Protecting Free Speech:United States v. Williams, 9.2Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion, 2008

    •Author, Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 Violates Free Speech When Applied to Issue-Advocacy Advertisements:Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc., 9.1Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion,2007

    •Author, Taxpayers Lack Standing to Challenge Congressionally Appropriated Funds Spent by the President:Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation, 9.1Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion,2007


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    New Bill Seeks to Combat Theft of Trade Secrets, Protect Jobs
    Johnine P. Barnes,Mariana Gaxiola, May 14, 2014
    On April 29, 2014, Senator Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced legislation to provide a federal cause of action to curtail the estimated $160 billion to $480 billion currently being lost by U.S. companies as a result of trade secret theft each year. The...

    Philadelphia Law Creates New Employee Rights, Employer Obligations Concerning Pregnancy and Related Medical Conditions
    Kelly Dobbs Bunting,Mariana Gaxiola,Christiana Lynn Schmitz, February 26, 2014
    On January 20, 2014, the Philadelphia Mayor enacted an amendment to the City Code that requires the city employers “to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee for needs related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.” The provisions of the new City amendment...
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    Mariana Gaxiola

    2001 Market Street
    PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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