Caren Skversky Marlowe

Shareholder Tampa

Caren Marlowe 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, 2015 and 2019. She also received awards as 2018 Florida Legal Elite and 2019 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.


Experience

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.

Professional Activities and Speeches

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

Speeches:

  • VACO Employment Law Seminar - ''What Florida Human Resource Professionals Need to Know for 2017'' - Tampa - February 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Winning Employment Lawsuits'' - Tampa - November 2016
  • VACO Employment Law Seminar - ''What to Expect When Your Employee is Expecting'' - Tampa - July 2016
  • HR Tampa - ''Preparing for the New Overtime Regulations'' - Tampa - June 2016
  • VACO Employment Law Seminar - ''Terminations, Layoffs and Reductions in Force'' - Tampa - October 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Maximizing Employee Success Through Effective Onboarding'' - Tampa - October 2015
  • VACO Employment Law Seminar - ''Are You Sure You Want to Put That in Writing'' - Tampa - June 2015
  • VACO Employment Law Seminar - ''Restrictive Covenants 101'' - Tampa - March 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Wage and Hour Madness: Complying with the FLSA in the Modern World'' - Tampa - September 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Can’t You Hear The Whistle Blowing? Ethics Compliance Programs, Best Practices, And Managing Investigations'' - Tampa - September 2014
  • OHRMA Seminar - ''Are You Afraid of Your Employees? Why You Should Get Beyond the Fear of Firing'' - Ocala - July 2014
  • SHRM Jacksonville Conference - ''C’Mon Man! Outrageous Employment Lawsuits and What HR Can Learn From Them'' - Jacksonville - April 11, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Minimizing Liability Under the FLSA'' - Tampa - April 08, 2014
  • WON/WLN Combined Leadership Meeting - ''Employment Law Update'' - Tampa - March 05, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Auditing Your Employee Handbook and Workplace Policies (Bring them with you!)'' - Tampa - January 14, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Real World FMLA Season Two'' - Tampa - October 2013
  • Employment Law Seminar - ''Deal or No Deal, Dealing with Difficult Accommodation Issues'' - Tampa - February 2013
  • Employment Law Seminar - ''Whining & Dining: Avoiding Whistleblower & Retaliation Claims'' - Tampa - February 2012
  • Employment Law Seminar - ''Tabloid Headlines: Dealing with Off-Duty Conduct'' - Tampa - March 2011
  • Labor and Employment Law Workshop - ''Building the Dream Team - Hiring & Pre-Employment Issues'' - April 2010

Published Works

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Media

Media Quotes

October 2014 - Florida Public Human Resources Association, E-News, Issue 4 - "A Solid Investment: Strengthen Your Employee Handbook"
September 2014 - The Checkoff - "Federal Case Notes - District Courts"
March/April 2014 - Lawyer Magazine HCBA - "Spring Cleaning: A Fresh Look on How to Strengthen Your Company's Employee Handbook"

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