Elena M. Marlow

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Elena M. MarlowElena Marlow focuses her practice on class actions, commercial litigation, and personal injury, representing individuals and corporations in federal and state courts. She has significant experience in a broad range of areas, including RICO, consumer fraud, business torts, insurance, civil rights, accident and injury cases, shareholder disputes, and a variety of controversies arising under distributorship, manufacturing and other trade-related agreements.

In addition, Elena is a member of the Commercial Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and serves as an arbitrator, including in matters administered by the AAA’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution. She is also a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator, and able to serve as arbitrator or voluntary trial resolution judge pursuant to § 44.104 of the Florida Statutes.

Elena has dedicated a significant portion of her career to working with members of the federal and state judiciary. Elena first worked as a staff attorney for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, handling matters ranging from zoning appeals to complex products liability actions, and assisting with high-profile cases.  She later served as a law clerk to both Judge Paul C. Huck and to Judge Jose E. Martinez of the Southern District of Florida, before becoming a staff attorney for that same district.

Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, Elena also has substantial international experience.  She has represented U.S. and Latin American parties in multi-jurisdictional proceedings, as well as in adversarial Spanish-language arbitration proceedings applying foreign law, and has managed local counsel in Latin America and productions of voluminous foreign documents. Elena co-authored the Florida Bar rule that authorizes non-Florida lawyers to handle international arbitrations in Florida, and drafted the petition to the Florida Supreme Court that resulted in the passage of the rule.  She also worked for the United States Department of Justice in Guantanamo Bay, developing and implementing the out-processing procedures for Cuban migrants granted humanitarian parole into the United States.

Before entering the civil arena, Elena was a staff attorney at the Law Office of the Public Defender in Seattle, Washington.  As a public defender, Elena carried a heavy criminal caseload and tried numerous cases before juries to verdict.

Ms. Marlow earned her B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley with distinction in general scholarship, and her J.D. from the University of Washington with honors.  She also attended the University of Madrid, in Madrid, Spain.