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.