Caren S. Marlowe

Shareholder || Tampa

Caren represents corporations and management in labor and employment matters, including unfair competition, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing and FMLA. She regularly litigates employment cases in federal and state court and represents employers in obtaining and defending against injunctions. Caren regularly provides advice and assistance to employers related to employment agreements, employee policies and handbooks and other personnel matters. Caren has extensive experience representing clients in matters involving restrictive covenants (non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements) and Caren has a proven track record in litigating unfair competition matters, including several high stakes cases. She has successfully represented employers in ADA, FMLA, and wage and hour claims, including class and collective actions. Caren also provides counseling and training to management, supervisors and staff.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Caren was an associate at a national labor and employment law firm in Tampa. She was named a Rising Star in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. She also received awards as 2018 Florida Legal Elite and 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Best Lawyers in America. This distinction is awarded to attorneys under the age of 40 based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Caren also works as a spin instructor in several of Florida’s largest fitness centers.

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Caren’s experience includes, but is not limited to the following:

Litigation – Unfair Competition and Protection of Clients’ Business Interests

Caren has obtained several injunctions enforcing restrictive covenants against clients’ former employees, including obtaining an injunction for a national technology company against its top competitor and a group of former sales executives. Caren has also defended motions for injunctive relief to protect clients’ business investments in their employees and ability to compete in the market.

Litigation – Employment

Caren has successfully defended companies in court and in front of state and federal agencies against claims of discrimination and harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, including claims brought under the FMLA, ADA, Title VII, and state laws.

Wage and Hour

Caren has represented clients in single plaintiff and collective actions arising out of the Fair Labor Standards Act and similar state laws, achieving favorable settlements on behalf of the companies.

Advice and Counseling

On a daily basis, Caren provides advice to employers addressing workplace and human resource issues including termination, application of company policy, discipline, hiring, ADA compliance, wages and other matters. Caren works with clients to avoid litigation and to protect the employers’ interests should litigation later arise. Caren has prepared and revised employee handbooks for small and multi-state employers, drafted and revised employment agreements and restrictive covenants, and assisted with internal investigations and audits. Caren regularly provides on-site training to supervisors, management and employees regarding all areas of employment law and compliance.


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Ocala Human Resources Management Association


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