Wells, Martine Tariot

Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Russell Carparelli, Colorado Court of Appeals

Legal Intern, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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 meal break 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 and her team regularly work with employers to mitigate and resolve claims by employees as efficiently as possible. When resolutions cannot be achieved pre-filing, they prepare cases for litigation through trial. Martine is focused on issues impacting health care employers but is also well versed in counseling tech startups, consumer finance, real estate development, energy, manufacturing, hospitality, call center, government 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.

Previous Experience

Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Russell Carparelli, Colorado Court of Appeals

Legal Intern, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

News & Events

BabiesNow! Foundation, Board Member

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Denver, Board Member

University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Workplace Law Advisory Board Member

Former, Legal Aid Foundation, Fundraising Taskforce Member (2012-2018)


Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 2010, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Order of St. Ives
  • B.S., 2003, Northwestern University
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • Supreme Court of Idaho
  • Supreme Court of Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Court of Appeals, Colorado

5280 Top Lawyers, Labor and Employment: Defense, 2021

Finalist, GenXYZ Top 25 Young Professionals, ColoradoBiz, 2020

Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Stars – Employment Litigation Defense, 2015-2020

Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2012

John Phillip Linn Labor Law Award, 2010

American Health Lawyers Association, Labor & Employment Practice Group, Vice Chair of Educational Programs, 2019-2021

American Health Lawyers Association, Leadership Development Program, Labor & Employment, 2018-2019

American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Leadership Development Program, 2019

Colorado General Counsel Group, Class of 2018

Impact Denver, Class of 2018


BNA Bloomberg The Fair Labor Standards Act treatise, Board of Editors

Wage & Hour Defense Institute of the Litigation Counsel of America

American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section

  • Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, ADEA Co-Chair
  • TIPS, Employment and Labor Law Committee Vice Chair

American Health Law Association, Leadership Development Fellow - Labor & Employment Practice Group

Colorado Women's Bar Association

Faculty of Federal Advocates

Colorado Defense Lawyers Association

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association