Firm Profile > MoloLamken LLP > Washington D.C., United States

MoloLamken LLP
United States

Securities litigation: plaintiff Tier 2

MoloLamken LLP is a national boutique firm focused on complex litigation, for which securities litigation is a key focus. Its track record is built on securing large settlements in high-profile cases, such as the $250m to resolve claims arising from the Alibaba IPO. Clients note that the firm has 'a small and dedicated team of super smart and practical lawyers' that is capable of handling cutting-edge securities cases for hedge funds, private equity firms and other investors. Practice head Steven Molo in New York is 'a smart and aggressive litigator'. Justin Ellis and Washington DC-based Robert Kry work closely with Molo on key matters, with Ellis recently involved in representing hedge fund Tilden Park in contested proceedings concerning the distribution of the proceeds of the $2.38bn settlement between holders of RMBS and the estate of Lehman Brothers.

Practice head(s):

Steven Molo

Other key lawyers:

Justin Ellis; Robert Kry


‘Steve Molo is a great smart and aggressive litigator. A good strategic thinker. Justin Ellis is a smart and thoughtful lawyer who knows the law like the back of his hand and is a very hard worker.’

Key clients

Contrarian Capital Management LLC

Tilden Park Capital Management LP


Deutsche Bank National Trust Company as Trustee for the MSAC 2007-NC4 Trust

U.S. Bank, solely in its capacity as Trustee

The Silverfern Group

General commercial disputes Tier 4

Boutique litigation firm MoloLamken LLP added five lawyers to its ranks in 2020, including Eugene Sokoloff, a general commercial litigator who joined the firm following a clerkship with US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and Jonathan Barbee, who joined from Kobre & Kim, specializing in IP litigation. In New York, practice head Steven Molo remains extremely active in a wide range of cases; he recently represented plaintiff Marion Healthcare in a high-value Sherman Act case against Becton, Dickinson & Co. Robert Kry in Washington DC stands out for his involvement in headline grabbing litigation, including ongoing civil litigation arising from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Trial lawyer Megan Cunniff Church in Chicago and general commercial litigator Jessica Ortiz in New York are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Steven Molo

Other key lawyers:

Robert Kry; Megan Cunniff Church; Jessica Ortiz; Jonathan Barbee; Eugene Sokoloff


‘Robert Kry is simply an excellent litigator. He knows his case law and procedural rules, how they differ from one state to another, and how to navigate those differences to use them to your advantage. He is always willing to explain and will engage in meaningful discussion to ensure the best result.’

Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

The ‘incredibly smart and talented’ appellate practitioners at MoloLamken LLP bring ‘the ideal combination of brilliance and humility’. The firm runs a formidable appellate practice in the US Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal. It is a top destination for proceedings involving patent law, telecoms, energy regulation, and sovereign immunity issues. Michael Pattillo is ‘a genius on writing briefs’ whose practice also places a special emphasis on Federal Circuit work; his notable experience also includes authoring multiple US Supreme Court briefs as well as presenting arguments in federal and state courts of appeal all over the country. ‘Real clutch playerJeffrey Lamken chairs the practice and commands longstanding respect in the appellate arena with his 24 arguments before the US Supreme Court. Similarly to Pattillo, Lamken has emerged as one of the most successful attorneys in patent cases at the Federal Circuit; he also recently presented arguments on behalf of Arthrex in Arthrex Inc. v Smith & Nephew Inc., a case in which the US Supreme Court seeks to examine the constitutional status as potentially ‘principal officers’ of US Patent and Trademark Office’s administrative patent judges. Robert Kry is a go-to advisor for sovereign immunity mandates; he is leading the appellate effort for Moldovagaz in a high-stakes Second Circuit appeal concerning the enforcement of an arbitral award in the oil and gas industry.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Lamken

Other key lawyers:

Michael Pattillo; Robert Kry; James Barta; Lucas Walker; Sarah Newman; Rayiner Hashem


‘I think of the MoloLamken team as the ideal combination of brilliance and humility. I love working with the MoloLamken team. They are incredibly smart and talented. Their ability to dive into a complicated matter with an open, unassuming mind and do the hard work to get up to speed is the best I have seen.’

‘Jeff Lamken has standout levels of sincerity and humility about him that make him so easy to listen to and trust.’

‘James Barta works very hard and is able to wrap his head around very complicated issues and address them in writing in ways that provide great value and results for clients.’

‘Very individual approach. An ability to bring excellent resources to bear on the problem – outside consultation with appropriate experts in technical areas.’

‘Jeff Lamken is an excellent litigator. He is both a great team leader, and most importantly, excellent in front of the judge. A real clutch player.’

‘Mike Pattillo is a genius on writing briefs. Besides his unique talent for the task, he makes sure he has a deep understanding of the underlying matters (in my case, it was a highly technical software IP case). His briefs are winners, especially when argued with Jeff Lamken.’

Key clients

AMG Capital Management, LLC

Arthrex, Inc.

Bank Markazi

VirnetX Inc.

Rovi Corp.

Amgen Inc.

HUB International Limited / HUB International Midwest Limited

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Ericsson Inc.

Continental Circuits LLC


MoloLamken focuses exclusively on representing clients in complex disputes. It handles civil, criminal, and regulatory matters, as well as appeals, across the United States. The firm’s clients span the globe.  MoloLamken is involved in some of the most significant disputes of the day.

The firm’s founding partners, Steven Molo and Jeffrey Lamken, developed national reputations based on their courtroom successes while partners at large full-service firms where they held leadership positions. With an abiding belief that complex disputes are most effectively handled by smaller teams comprised of smart, highly experienced lawyers focused on results rather than process, they formed the firm.

MoloLamken provides experienced advocacy – for claimants as well as defendants – before judges, juries, arbitral forums, and courts of appeals, including the Supreme Court of the United States. The firm also represents clients in regulatory and criminal investigations and conducts internal investigations.


Department Name Email Telephone
Complex business litigation
White-collar defense and investigations
Supreme Court
Internal investigations
Intellectual property and technology
Securities litigation
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jeffrey A. Lamken  photo Jeffrey A. Lamken
Number of Partners : 18
Number of Other Lawyers : 22
Senior Partners : Steven F Molo
Senior Partners : Jeffrey A Lamken