Mark E. Zelek focuses on employment and employee benefits counseling and litigation involving wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation claims in addition to whistleblower, noncompetition, and trade secrets matters. As leader of the firm’s global labor and immigration practice, Mark handles international and Puerto Rican labor law matters. He advises US clients on Latin American and Puerto Rican labor law and Latin American clients on US labor law.
Mark is a member of Morgan Lewis’s cross-practice global workforce team, which provides integrated cross-border advice, counseling, and strategic planning on labor, employment, benefits, and immigration issues.
Fluent in Spanish, he has lectured widely on labor and employee benefits law issues, including at a series of arbitration conferences throughout Central America sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Mark 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.
Columbia Law School, 1982, J.D.
Yale University, 1979, B.A.
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Labor & Employment, Florida, Chambers USA (2006–2018)
Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law – Management, Miami, The Best Lawyers in America (2019)
Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2019)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
Winner, The Daily Business Review’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2014, 2017)
Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide (2005–2013, 2017)
Recognized, Florida Super Lawyers (2006–2015)
Recognized, Who’s Who Legal: Labour and Employment (2012–2016)
Recognized, Guide to the World's Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers 2007 (Expert Guides)
Advisory Committee Member, Juncadella Corporate Counsel Group
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