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MoloLamken LLP
United States

Securities litigation - plaintiff Tier 2

Based in New York, Chicago and Washington DC, MoloLamken LLP is a complex litigation boutique that one peer describes as 'among the most creative and collaborative firms I've worked with on plaintiff matters'. The practice is led from New York by Steven Molo, who is 'smart, creative, responsive, knowledgeable and engaging; he has an excellent mix of traits that sets him apart from his peers'. At the end of 2017, he succeeded in settling contested proceedings concerning the distribution of a $9bn award between RMBS holders and Bank of America/Countrywide. Robert Kry in Washington DC has an 'impressive command of the law and is an incredibly quick and deep thinker'. He led an appeal against the dismissal of a class action arising from the $25bn IPO of Alibaba. The case is now awaiting class certification. Also in DC, associate Lauren Weinstein is 'smart and willing to brainstorm off the clock - great to work with'. Thomas Wiegand in Chicago and Justin Shur in DC are also recommended.

Appellate Tier 3

With expertise in regulatory, constitutional and statutory matters, MoloLamken LLP's 'top-notch' practice focuses on appeals in the realm of energy regulation, patents, copyrights, telecoms, and sovereign immunity. In the case of Rubin v Islamic Republic of Iran, practice head Jeffrey Lamken ('an amazing tactician') led the team on representing the respondent before the US Supreme Court, which voted 8-0 in siding with Iran and upholding a narrow construction of the 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. In another US Supreme Court highlight, Lamken argued for the respondents in Frank v Gaos, a currently pending case addressing the propriety of 'cy-près' class action settlements. In proceedings concerning the scope of application of the Clean Water Act, the group represented Dominion Energy and convinced the Fourth Circuit to reverse a prior judgement issued in favor of plaintiff-appellee Sierra Club, thereby finding that Dominion is not liable for the alleged unauthorized 'discharge of any pollutant' into navigable waters. At the Second Circuit, Robert Kry ('a great writer') successfully represented Turkish company Sistem Mühendislik Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret, A.Ş. in seeking to enforce an $11m arbitral award against the Kyrgyz Republic. Michael Pattillo and associate Sarah Newman are also noted. In August 2018, Eric Posner joined in Chicago as of counsel.

General commercial disputes Tier 5

Litigation boutique MoloLamken LLP has vast experience in state and federal courts across the country, including at the Supreme Court and other appellate courts. It acts for plaintiffs and defendants, companies and high-profile individuals in commercial litigation, and also has an impressive white-collar defense practice. Recent highlights on the plaintiff side include representing three healthcare companies in a class action antitrust complaint against a medical technology company; Steven Molo is the lead partner. Among the other leading practitioners in the team are Robert KryJessica Ortiz and Jeffrey Lamken.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

MoloLamken LLP is a complex litigation boutique with a real niche in representing individuals in high-profile criminal investigations and at trial. The group is led by founding partner Steven Molo in New York; Molo recently represented former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, on charges of public corruption, successfully appealing a guilty verdict on all counts in the Second Circuit. In another exemplary matter, Washington DC's Justin Shur conducted an internal investigation for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), following the discovery that KPMG had obtained a confidential list of audits the regulator planned to inspect; Shur's investigation uncovered the source of the leak, leading to the prosecution of several KPMG partners and  PCAOB inspectors. Shur also represented a former US Secretary of Veterans Affairs in connection with an Inspector General investigation into an international trip paid for on expenses; Shur's work included providing strategic advice for responding to inquiries from the White House and media. New York's Jessica Ortiz is recommended alongside new-joiners Megan Cunniff Church (who previously served as deputy chief of the Financial Crimes Section in the Norther District of Illinois) and counsel Eric Posner, who is a professor in the University of Chicago Law School.

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.

MoloLamken’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.

The firm 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. It also represents clients in regulatory and criminal investigations and conducts internal investigations.

MoloLamken’s lawyers are courtroom advocates, not merely paper litigators. The firm possesses years of collective experience acting for plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes disputes.

The firm’s strength lies in the intellect, creativity, and tenacity of its lawyers and its experience applying those traits to achieve great results for clients in serious matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Complex business litigation
White-collar defense and investigations
Supreme Court
Internal investigations
Intellectual property and technology
Securities litigation
Number of Partners : 13
Number of Other Lawyers : 23
Senior Partners : Steven F Molo
Senior Partners : Jeffrey A Lamken