Marlén Cortez Morris represents and advises clients on a wide range of franchise and distribution, labor and employment, and commercial litigation matters in courts and alternative dispute resolution venues and before government agencies across the country.
Marlén litigates complex matters from inception through appeal. Her deep litigation experience includes the enforcement of contract and intellectual property rights, as well as the defense of claims for breach of contract, business torts, violations of franchise registration and relationship laws, state consumer protection violations and employment law violations, including vicarious and joint employment liability.
Marlén defends franchisors and employers against wage and hour class and collective actions arising under federal and state laws and claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation arising under various federal, state and local laws. In addition, she is experienced with the enforcement of restrictive covenants and unemployment compensation benefits claims.
A critical aspect of Marlén’s practice involves counseling and litigation prevention. Understanding the complexities of labor and employment law and franchising, she works closely with clients to provide strategic guidance on joint employment, vicarious liability and labor and employment law issues arising in the franchise relationship, corporate transactions and due diligence initiatives. Marlén is well-versed in auditing and advising on franchise training materials, operations manuals, technology systems and contracts with franchisees and third-party vendors, as well as in preparing employment policies, handbooks and agreements.
Marlén is committed to clients and her dedication to achieving client goals is manifest in her tireless work ethic. Marlén can and will serve as a formidable advocate when needed. However, she also takes pride in helping clients avoid or mitigate litigation and is valued for her balanced approach on striking the right outcome to meet her clients’ objectives in a timely and efficient manner.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Marlén Cortez Morris