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525 B Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, California 92101
Direct Phone: 619.525.3876
Direct Fax: 619.398.0176
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Marie Burke Kenny



Marie is an employment law partner and Leader of the Firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. In 2015, she was named one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal and was recognized in the 2013-2015 editions of Southern California Super Lawyers in the category of employment law. Marie represents employers in federal and state court litigation involving wage and hour, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and unfair competition claims. Marie believes that it is critically important to tailor the defense strategy to achieve the best litigation and business outcomes for her clients.

Marie also has extensive experience counseling employers regarding all aspects of the employment relationship. She counsels employers regarding performance management, termination, contracts, workplace investigations, medical issues, leaves of absence and employment policies and practices. She works with employers to develop strategies to prevent employment claims and create effective defenses to litigation. Marie was an adjunct professor of employment law for San Diego State University's Human Resources Certification Program for many years.


  • JD, University of San Diego School of Law, cum laude, 1995
  • BS (Legal Studies), John Jay College of Criminal Justice, summa cum laude, 1991


  • The Daily Journal Top Women Lawyers – 2015
  • San Diego Business Journal “Women Who Mean Business” Award Finalist – 2004
  • San Diego Metropolitan Magazine “40 under 40” – 2009
  • San Diego Super Lawyers® – 2013-2015 (Employment & Labor)
  • YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry Award – 2011

Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Mother Attorney Mentoring Association of San Diego – Founding Board Member, Board of Directors (2007-2013)
  • National Conflict Resolution Center – Board of Directors (2002-2006)
  • San Diego County Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section
  • The State Bar of California – Labor and Employment Law Section

News Coverage

Recent Publications

Recent Seminars


  • Co-presenter. "Paid Sick Leave Redux: Compliance Issues for July 1, 2015 and Beyond," Procopio Labor and Employment Breakfast Bytes, San Diego, CA, May 21, 2015.
  • “2015 North Coast Law Day,” San Diego SHRM, Oceanside, CA, March 19, 2015.
  • Co-presenter. “Handling Paid Sick Leave and Vacation Issues in California,” Procopio Labor and Employment Breakfast Bytes, February 19, 2015.
  • “Wage and Hour Update for California Employers,” Procopio Labor and Employment Seminar, La Jolla, CA, November 17, 2014.
  • “What You Need to Know About PAGA Claims,” San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, CA, December 10, 2013.
  • "Preventing Wage and Hour Liability in California,” Association of Corporate Counsel, San Diego, CA, November 20, 2013.
  • “Bullying and Other Bad Behavior in the Workplace,” Procopio Labor and Employment Seminar, La Jolla, CA, October 29, 2013.
  • “Panel Discussion: Private Attorney General Act,” JAMS San Diego Resolution Center, San Diego, CA, June 18, 2013.

Marie regularly conducts workplace trainings for employers and speaks publicly on a wide variety of employment law issues. She has lectured or made presentations to the following organizations:



  • State Bar of California Labor & Employment Section
  • San Diego Employer Advisory Council
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Employer Resources Institute
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • International Public Management Association for Human Resources
  • Association of Legal Administrators
  • North County Personnel Association
  • Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
  • Lorman Education Services
  • The Council on Education Management
  • Orange County Employer Advisory Council
  • Construction Management Association of America
  • Riverside/Temecula Employer Advisory Council
  • American Subcontractors Association