To her, law is best practiced in a dynamic, hands-on manner. Molly’s clients appreciate her direct involvement and straightforward communication at every stage of their representation whether developing case themes, deciding how to structure an argument, or strategizing during negotiations. Her style is well matched to litigation involving closely-held businesses, the focus of Molly’s practice.
Molly is adept at managing litigation in state and federal court. She routinely advises and represents clients in commercial disputes, including shareholder and contract matters, business tort claims, products liability, professional negligence, and real estate litigation. Her recent successes include:
- Achieving dismissal with prejudice of action for breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation
- Negotiating favorable settlement of multiple related lawsuits involving shareholder disputes among owners of closely-held company
- Defeating a motion to dismiss a $30 million negligent misrepresentation claim, arguing an issue of first impression for Oregon courts
- Arbitrating accounting irregularities on behalf of minority owners of closely-held company
- Litigating and resolving real estate, shareholder, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of contract actions up to and through trial
Molly’s legal practice draws from her diverse and unique life experiences. Her decision to pursue a legal career was largely motivated by a volunteer position assisting with the legal representation of a Guantanamo Bay detainee. The detainee was a French-speaking Moroccan national. Molly, who understands and speaks some French, was granted special clearance to travel to the naval station at Guantanamo Bay and conduct on-site interviews of the detainee. She was able to speak with him directly without an intermediary interpreter and was asked to translate and interpret documents as part of his defense.
Prior to law school Molly also spent two years as an Outreach Coordinator for AmeriCorps in Massachusetts where she managed a team of AmeriCorps members and directed planning and volunteer recruitment for environmental restoration and clean-up events.
As a law student Molly clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice’s Special Litigation Unit where she assisted with specialized cases, including high-profile Constitutional challenges, complex regulatory cases, and environmental litigation.
Molly earned her J.D. with a certificate in business law from Lewis & Clark Law School, summa cum laude, where she was an articles editor for the Lewis and Clark Law Review. She was awarded the John and Susan Bates Scholarship for Business Law, and was selected as a Keller Law and Entrepreneurship Scholar. Molly also was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society by the law school faculty based on her distinguished scholarship, leadership, and contribution to the law school community.
Experience and Affiliations
- Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
- Rising Star, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2017 to present
- Board member, Portland Children's Museum
- Co-chair, Taste for Justice Committee, St. Andrew Legal Clinic
- Co-chair, Associates Committee, Campaign for Equal Justice
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Multnomah Bar Association, CLE Committee
- Member, Oregon Women Lawyers
- Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
- Lewis & Clark Law School — J.D., summa cum laude
- University of Oregon — B.S., summa cum laude
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. District Court, District of Oregon