Mara E. Slakas Brown represents companies in a broad array of employment disputes before state and federal administrative agencies and courts and arbitral tribunals. Her experience includes defense of discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, and breach of contract claims, as well as employee benefit matters arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
In addition to her litigation experience, Mara advises clients on employment agreements and employee discipline and termination, and conducts internal investigations into harassment and discrimination claims. She also counsels companies faced with restrictive covenant and trade secret concerns, and advises clients in connection with business transactions.
In her employee benefits practice, Mara regularly defends employers against challenges involving the administration and design of 401(k) and 403(b) savings plans, cash balance and other defined benefit plans, and plans exempt from ERISA. Mara also advises clients on issues regarding plan interpretation and responses to government and participant inquiries. She counsels clients in planning and implementing changes to employee benefit plans, including severance plans and voluntary early retirement programs.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mara represented corporate clients in complex litigation matters, namely securities and antitrust class actions, and government investigations. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Joel H. Slomsky of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
New York Law School, 2011, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
Loyola University Chicago, 2007, B.A./B.S., Magna Cum Laude
US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
Clerkship to Judge Joel H. Slomsky of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2011 - 2012)
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017, 2019)