Martine Wells is a litigator whose practice focuses on employment law, with a specific emphasis on wage and hour. Known for cultivating relationships, working in tandem with executive leadership and leveraging her industry expertise, clients rely on Martine for her strategic insights and litigation-management and prevention skills.
Martine has over a decade of experience in employment law. Her counsel is sought after by clients looking for creative solutions to preventing and managing issues, particularly around meal breaks and off-the-clock class and collective actions. She was recently recognized for her wage and hour expertise, as she was invited to join the Wage & Hour Defense Institute (WHDI) and appointed to the 14-member Board of Editors team for the BNA Bloomberg treatise, The Fair Labor Standards Act.
In addition, Martine regularly works with employers to mitigate and resolve claims by employees as efficiently as possible. When resolutions cannot be achieved pre-filing, Martine prepares cases for litigation through trial. Martine is focused on issues impacting health care employers but is also well versed in counseling call centers, tech startups, consumer finance, energy, manufacturing, hospitality, government, financial and nonprofit clients regarding not only wage and hour but also employment discrimination, lawful off-duty conduct, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, reductions in force, employment agreements and handbooks, investigations and severance agreements.
Martine had the unique experience of working on-site with a major retailer to handle its employment counseling and litigation as it wound down its 50-state and international operations in bankruptcy, reporting directly to the general counsel and executive team for several months. On a more routine basis, Martine has litigated over thirty cases in state and federal courts as well as myriad administrative agencies, including wage and hour class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Colorado Wage Act & Order, as well as single-plaintiff cases involving claims of discrimination (age, disability, gender, race, national origin), harassment, retaliation, lawful off-duty conduct, wrongful discharge, and restrictive covenants.
In her litigation practice, Martine is particularly adept at and focused on advising employers regarding e-discovery obligations, avoiding e-discovery disputes, and best e-discovery practices before and during litigation.