The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012
Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2012
Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2012)
Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012)
Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey
honors + affiliations
Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2012)
Former Chair, American Bar Association, International Section's Subcommittee on Latin American Employment Law
Former Co-Chair, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Human Resource Committee
Listed, Florida Super Lawyer (2006–2013)
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2013)
Listed, Guide to the World's Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers 2007 (Expert Guides)
Listed, "Top Lawyers," South Florida Legal Guide (2005–2013)
Listed, Who's Who Legal (2012–2013) – Labour and Employment
Mark E. Zelek is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice and leader of the firm's International Labor and Employment Practice. He currently serves as the Miami office’s managing partner. Mr. Zelek's practice focuses on counseling and representing employers in the full spectrum of employment and employee benefits law matters, including FLSA, noncompete and trade secrets, and discrimination litigation and arbitration. Mr. Zelek also has experience with international and Puerto Rican labor law matters, and he advises domestic clients on Latin American and Puerto Rican labor law and Latin American clients on U.S. labor law. From Miami, Mr. Zelek is part of our cross-practice Global Workforce team that provides integrated cross-border advice, counseling, and strategic planning across the spectrum of labor, employment, benefits, and immigration issues.
From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Zelek was named one of the leading U.S. lawyers for employment law by Chambers USA, based on the views of clients, peers, and other industry professionals. Clients reported that Mr. Zelek "rises to the occasion" and "always sensibly weighs up the pros and cons of a matter before acting." Chambers also has called Mr. Zelek "well steeped in labor law" and has reported that Mr. Zelek regularly uses his fluency in Spanish to the benefit of clients, advising Latin American clients on U.S. labor law and vice versa.
Mr. Zelek, who is fluent in Spanish, has lectured widely on a broad range of labor and employee benefits law issues, including at a series of arbitration conferences throughout Central America sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Mr. Zelek is a contributing author to Getting the Deal Through — Labour and Employment, an annual series of deskbooks that provide international analysis in key areas of employment law and policy for corporate counsel, cross-border legal practitioners, and global team leaders. Mr. Zelek has authored feature chapters in Getting the Deal Through — Labour and Employment 2012.
Mr. Zelek is admitted to practice in Florida.
- Columbia University Law School, 1982, J.D.
- Yale University, 1979, B.A.