Ms. Marian Zapata-Rossa

  • Partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (433 Attorneys)
  • One Arizona Center, 400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Marian Zapata-Rossa is licensed in Arizona, California, and on the Navajo Nation. She defends employers against wage and hour, prevailing wage, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, and represents employers in disputes involving employment and arbitration agreements and restrictive covenants not to compete. Marian litigates both single plaintiff and class action employment lawsuits, 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. To this end, Marian has trained thousands of managers and employees on preventing harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace. She also 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, workplace investigations, terminations, and whistleblower liability. In addition, Marian 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.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Let’s Get Out of the Weeds; Understanding Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Laws, Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (February 27, 2019)
• Sexual Harassment Law in the #MeToo Era, Co-Presenter, Employment Law Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (November 7, 2018)
• How the #MeToo Movement Has Shifted the Legal Landscape and What Businesses Are Doing About It, Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Workplace Word (October 12, 2018)
• Top 10 Labor & Employment Updates for In-House Counsel In-the-Know, Presenter, Last Chance CLE Opportunity, Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix, AZ (June 2018)
• Religion and the Workplace: Navigating the Issues for Employers and Employees, Presenter, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention 2018, Chandler, AZ (June 28, 2018)
•“Point72 Complaint Ignites Discussion on Relevant Fact in Hostile Environment Lawsuit,” Quoted, The Hedge Fund Law Report, (March 22, 2018)
• #MeToo Sexual Harassment and Arizona’s Paid Sick Time Law, Co-Presenter, Labor & Employment Law Update, Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix, AZ (March 2018)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•Phoenix Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Award (2018)
•Hispanic National Bar Association, HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40 Award (2018)
•Latina Mentoring Project, Latina Leader of the Year (2018)
•Southwest Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Employee Litigation: Defense (2014-2018)
•20 People to Know in Law, Phoenix Business Journal (2016)
•Los Abogados Emerging Leader Award Recipient (2016)
•Arizona’s Top Lawyers, Arizona Business Magazine (2014)
•Appointed by Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch to serve on the Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary (2012-2016)
•Forty Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Honoree (2011)

Community Involvement

•Latina Mentoring Project (LMP), Mentor Attorney (2009-2018)
•Xico, Inc.
•Board of Directors, Vice President
•A Day for Downtown, Volunteer
•Volunteer Lawyers Program, Volunteer Attorney
•Wills for Heroes

Other Professional Experience

•Quarles & Brady LLP, Partner
•U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute fellow

Related News & Events

Aug 03
The Phoenix Business Journal Welcomes Marian Zapata-Rossa to 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Apr 24
Southwest Super Lawyers Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in its 2018 Rankings

Mar 19
Phoenix Partner Marian Zapata-Rossa Honored with Prestigious 2018 HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40 Award

Feb 02
The Latina Mentoring Project Names Snell & Wilmer Partner Marian Zapata-Rossa Latina Leader of the Year

Jan 12
Snell & Wilmer Adds Two Attorneys to Its Growing Labor and Employment Practice Group

Related Publications

Feb 27
Let’s Get Out of the Weeds; Understanding Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Laws

Oct 12
Workplace Word - How the #MeToo Movement Has Shifted the Legal Landscape and What Businesses Are Doing About It

2002-2003. Best Advocate, Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team Intraschool Competition, 2005. Law Clerk, Administrative Judge Gladys O. Collazo, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2004-2005. Board Secretary, MANA de Nation's Capital, 2004. Member: State Bar of Arizona; Los Abogados Bar Association (Board Member); Maricopa County Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division, Board Member); American Bar Association; Hispanic National Bar Association.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Labor and Employment
  • Native American Affairs

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6355  Phone
(602) 420-5181  Fax
University Attended:
Huber I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team, Co-Captain; The Ohio State University, B.A., cum laude, 2002
Law School Attended:
Howard University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007; Trustee Merit Scholar; Dean's Fellow; Law Clerk for Administrative Judge Gladys O. Collazo at the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, 2004-2005
Year of First Admission:
Navajo Nation; United States District Court, District of Arizona; United States District Court, Central District of California; Tribal Courts of the Navajo Nation; Arizona; California; Supreme Court of Arizona; Supreme Court of California; United States District Court, Eastern District of California

Professional Memberships and Activities

•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)
•Treasurer (2010-2012)
•Maricopa County Bar Association
•Young Lawyers Division Board Liaison (2009)
•American Bar Association
•Hispanic National Bar Association
•National Employment Law Council (NELC)

Birth Information:
Tegucigalpa, Honduras, January 11, 1980

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