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Overview

Marissa Dragoo focuses her legal career on developing and facilitating training and learning tools to strengthen leadership, increase engagement, and thicken the bottom line for employers of all sizes, ranging from local to global corporations. Her extensive experience in handling a variety of employment issues including harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, class actions, and wage and hour disputes has allowed her to develop a keen eye for potential problem areas in the workplace. Her issue-spotting abilities combined with her experience and interest in professional development create a potent skillset highly effective in her training and preventative learning tool practice.

Marissa distinguishes herself from many of her peers through her ability to handle employment training and compliance and litigation matters involving a multilingual and multicultural workforce. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, and as a native Spanish-speaker, she is able to appreciate the cultural differences and nuances inherent when communicating with Spanish-speaking employees. This advantage enables her to successfully train multicultural workforces and raise awareness of common and costly legal pitfalls for her employer clients. In the litigation arena, this skillset has allowed her to obtain key testimony and evidence in both individual party and class action matters.

Prior to turning her focus on training and preventative solutions, Marissa was a successful litigator with extensive experience representing clients in federal and state courts and in administrative settings. Her notable successes include:

  • Obtaining an all-defense verdict in an eight-day jury trial involving sexual harassment claims against a Fortune 50 company
  • Obtaining an all-defense verdict in a trial involving improper employee classification issues against a San Diego hotelier
  • Obtaining a favorable verdict in a contractual dispute appealed to the San Diego Superior Court from the administrative level

Besides serving her clients, Marissa is active in serving her community. She has been a member of the board of directors for several organizations and was the program director of MANA de San Diego - Hermanitas®, the largest one-on-one Latina mentorship organization of its kind in the United States.

Marissa is a member of the Littler Learning Group (LLG) and the firm’s Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Discrimination and Harassment, and International Employment Law practice groups. She is also a member of the firm’s Labor-Latin America and Spanish Services groups.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

New Lawyer's Division

San Diego County Bar Association

2011 and 2012

Member, Board of Directors

San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association

2009-2012

Member, Board of Directors

Scholarship Fund

San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association

2010

Member, Board of Directors

MANA de San Diego

2009-2012

Director, Board of Directors

Hermanitas® Program

MANA de San Diego

2009 and 2010

Member

Latinas in the Law

2007-present

Member

Lawyers Club of San Diego

2007-present

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

San Diego

Super Lawyers

2015-2016

Recipient, Top 40 Under 40 Award

San Diego Metropolitan Magazine

2010

Honoree, Top Young Attorney

San Diego Daily Transcript

2010

Honoree, Imperial Counsel Hispanic Heritage Month

2009

Girl Scouts San Diego

Books & Book Chapters

  • Training Really Is the Law: The Rise of Mandatory Training, The National Employer, LexisNexis, contributing chapter author, Chapter 15, 2014-2015

Speaking Engagements

Fall 2016 - NorCal Breakfast Briefing - Redding

Sacramento, CA

October 28, 2016

Fall 2016 - NorCal Breakfast Briefing - Modesto

Sacramento, CA

October 27, 2016

Fall 2016 - NorCal Breakfast Briefing - Chico

Sacramento, CA

October 20, 2016

Fall 2016 - NorCal Breakfast Briefing - Stockton

Sacramento, CA

September 29, 2016

Staying Ahead of the Litigation Wave with Effective Employee Handbooks

XpertHR

October 28, 2015

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego, 2003

Languages

  • Spanish

Bar Admission

California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California