Mary Helen Medina

Mary Helen Medina practices primarily in the areas of employment and labor and corporate law. She has represented domestic and multi-national corporate clients in labor and employment matters. She has litigated, negotiated, mediated, arbitrated and settled claims concerning employment discrimination under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, and wage and hour claims under the FLSA. She has also practiced in the area of traditional labor union matters where she has arbitrated over 100 labor and management disputes and has negotiated collective bargaining agreements with local and national unions.

Ms. Medina has argued cases before numerous federal district courts, state courts, and local administrative agencies throughout the U.S., including the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has successfully settled various disputes pre and post litigation.

Ms. Medina advises clients on general corporate matters. She served as SVP and Chief Counsel for a food, beverage and retail company with 34,000 employees and $2.7 billion in revenue with presence domestically and in 15 countries where she was responsible for growing the portfolio of license and franchise agreements, negotiating a wide array of agreements, handling litigation and human relations matters, involved in several domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, and dealt with alcohol and beverage compliance issues. She also served as SVP and General Counsel for a $2.4 billion startup casino resort hotel where she created new processes and procedures for contract reviews and a management system, managed and performed all compliance and gaming requirements, served on the compliance committee and was a legal advisor regarding corporate governance matters. She has negotiated a wide scope of contractual matters including, purchase and sales agreements, supplier agreements, IT infrastructure agreements, and long term commercial leases in multi-unit food and retail complexes.

Ms. Medina is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia, the State of Texas and New Mexico, United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals of the Fifth and Ninth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland, New Mexico, Texas, Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western District, and the Wisconsin Western District Court.


–District of Columbia
–Texas (Inactive)
–New Mexico (Inactive)


Ms. Medina graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree from New Mexico State University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.



Labor and Employment Law and Litigation
0% Complete (success)
General Corporate
94% Complete (success)
94% Complete (success)
Corporate Governance
94% Complete (success)

Representative Matters:

• Negotiated franchise and license agreements for food and beverage and retail multinational clients
• Drafted and negotiated commercial contracts and commercial food and retail leases valued in excess of $1.5 billion dollars for a startup company
• Conducted due diligence review of employment contract and other employment and labor related issues for a major food and beverage concessions company in M&A transactions both domestic and international
• Led an internal alcohol beverage regulatory compliance investigation for a multinational client that spanned more than one year and successfully secured further state and federal inquiries
• Successfully represented multinational and Fortune 500 companies in employment litigation, including wage and hour class actions, Title VII, ADEA, FMLA and other employment related claims obtaining victories in summary judgment motions, defeating class action certification motions and motions to extend consent decrees
• Conducted strategic national and local labor negotiations that secured peace and avoided strikes where union contracts were in place for national client and defeated union's corporate campaign and attempt to organize a startup company
• Arbitrated over 100 labor and management disputes throughout the country and represented a multinational client in EEOC administrative matters, NLRB hearings, and trials