MoloLamken LLP > New York, United States > Firm Profile

MoloLamken LLP
430 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

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

MoloLamken LLP ranks ‘among the four leading appellate boutiques in the market‘, according to sources. While more compact than many of its competitors, the firm’s niche focus on representing clients in complex disputes and investigations ensures that it punches above its weight to provide effective counsel in hard-fought appeals. The firm handles a comprehensive spread of appellate cases from its platforms in Washington DC, New York and Chicago, and is widely recognized for its expertise in patents, energy regulation, telecoms and sovereign immunity-related matters. Lawyers are highlighted for their ‘very strategic, practical and logical approaches to complex appellate issues‘. In particular, Jeffrey Lamken is ‘simply excellent in court‘ and has argued 25 cases before the US Supreme Court. In a recent SCOTUS win, Lamken successfully represented Arthrex in challenging the appointment of the Patent Office’s Administrative Patent Judges under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause. Michael Pattillo is also an experienced litigator and is recommended for his record in appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, particularly patent-related cases. A key name in the firm includes Robert Kry, who focuses on trial and appellate litigation. James Barta left the firm. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

MoloLamken LLP stands among the four leading appellate boutiques in the market. It is outstanding.

Unrivalled knowledge of the law and upper courts combined with careful attention to detail and consideration of long-term legal strategy.’

The team is incredibly creative. The individuals are all down-to-earth and easy to work with. I appreciate how much they dig into technology issues in complicated IP appeals.’

‘Unbelievable appellate practice with much lower billing rates than AMLAW 500 firms.’

‘Provides extremely practical advice, which is often lacking from appellate specialists. Very strategic, practical and logical approaches to complex appellate issues.’

Jeffrey Lamken is simply excellent in court.

Honestly, the nicest people to work with. Jeffrey Lamken applied the highest intellect with a humble and collaborative approach to dealing with clients.

Jeffrey Lamken is brilliant and so very personable.’

Key clients

AMG Capital Management, LLC, Black Creek Capital Corporation, Broadmoor Capital Partners, LLC, Level 5 Motorsports, LLC, Scott Tucker, Kim Tucker, and Park 269 LLC

Arthrex, Inc.

Moldovagaz

Amgen Inc.

Rovi Corp.

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Microsoft Corporation

Marion Healthcare LLC; Marion Diagnostic LLC; Andron Medical Associates

Angelo Baio as lead plaintiff and class representative for Nikola Corp. investors

AMG Capital Management, LLC, Black Creek Capital Corporation, Broadmoor Capital Partners, LLC, Level 5 Motorsports, LLC, Scott Tucker, Kim Tucker, and Park 269 LLC

Arthrex, Inc.

Moldovagaz

Amgen Inc.

Rovi Corp.

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Microsoft Corporation

Marion Healthcare LLC; Marion Diagnostic LLC; Andron Medical Associates

Angelo Baio as lead plaintiff and class representative for Nikola Corp. investors

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented AMG Capital Management, and related entities, in a US Supreme Court case overturning a $1.3bn judgment against the clients.
  • Successfully represented Arthrex in a SCOTUS case arising out of the Federal Circuit’s decision holding that the Patent Office’s Administrative Patent Judges are appointed in violation of the Constitution’s Appointments Clause.
  • Successfully represented Moldovagaz in an appeal to the Second Circuit, obtaining a reversal of a $33m judgment against the company.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: plaintiff Tier 2

The quality of the lawyering is incredibly high and consistent throughout the firm‘, says a client of MoloLamken LLP. As a national boutique law firm, it handles litigation and arbitration, IP litigation, and white collar defense and investigations for corporations, hedge funds, private equity firms, investors, inventors, executives, and foreign sovereigns. The firm continues to boost its client base for securities cases, as shown by its work for Contrarian Capital in a case arising from the state of Venezuela’s failure to pay principal and interest on nine series of bonds held by Contrarian. The firm continues to be involved in pending cases relating to mortgage-backed securities. New York-based practice head Steven Molo is ‘at the top tier of litigators in the country – just an excellent lawyer and person‘. ‘They are seasoned litigators with excellent judgment and a wealth of experience‘, says a client of the team that includes Justin Ellis in New York and, in Washington DC, Robert Kry and Lauren Weinstein.

Practice head(s):

Steven Molo

Testimonials

‘The quality of the lawyering is incredibly high and consistent throughout the firm, which is a firm trait that Steve Molo works hard to foster. They are seasoned litigators with excellent judgment and a wealth of experience. And they are very easy to work with.’

‘I have worked most closely with Steve Molo. He is at the top tier of litigators in the country – just an excellent lawyer and person.’

Key clients

Contrarian Capital Management LLC

Vertellus

The Silverfern Group

Axonic Capital LLC

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

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

Jon Gruber as class representative

Angelo Baio as lead plaintiff and class representative for Nikola Corp. investors

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, James McRitchie, and As You Sow

Asia Research & Capital Management Andres Antonius

Tilden Park Capital Management LP

Ambac Assurance Corp.

Work highlights

  • Representing Contrarian Capital Management in its high-stakes suit against Venezuela over defaulted sovereign debt.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 3

National litigation boutique MoloLamken LLP offers ‘sophisticated, measured advice with a collegial approach’. It is well known in the market for its representation high-profile individuals in relation to all phases of government enforcement actions and internal investigations. Its financial crime expertise extends to insider trading and securities fraud, bank fraud and international money laundering, and it also handles foreign bribery cases and public corruption. Steven Molo heads the practice and is ’outstanding at the junction of white-collar defence/commercial fraud and civil cases’; a founding partner of the firm, Molo is a veteran litigator who services an international client base from the firm’s New York office. In Washington DC, Justin Shur brings considerable experience in DOJ and SEC investigations, and FCPA matters.

Practice head(s):

Steven Molo

Other key lawyers:

Justin Shur; Megan Cunniff Church

Testimonials

‘Sophisticated, measured advice with a collegial approach.’

‘Steven Molo is outstanding at the junction of white-collar defence/commercial fraud and civil cases.’

‘Steven Molo is one of the few lawyers who can see cases from every angle.’

‘Megan Cunniff Church is experienced, brilliant, and incredibly easy to work with.’ 

‘Justin Shur is a serious lawyer and collegial colleague.’

‘Justin Shur works well with other counsel and is strategic in his advice to clients and approach with regulators.’

‘I truly could not have made it through the matter without their assistance and they helped me achieve one of the best possible outcomes for me, given the circumstances.’

‘Justin Shur stands out for his thoughtful approach, sound judgment, and general effectiveness.’

Key clients

Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of Volkswagen

Jennifer Williams

Kevin Clinesmith, FBI counterintelligence official

Frank Armijo, Vice President at Lockheed Martin Corporation

Special Litigation Committee for Twitter’s Board of Directors

AMG Capital Management, LLC, Black Creek Capital Corporation, Broadmoor Capital Partners, LLC, Level 5Motorsports, LLC, Scott Tucker, Kim Tucker, and Park 269LLC

Christopher Jordan

Offshore banking executive

Former Acting U.S. Attorney in D.C.

Waqar Siddique

Work highlights

  • Representing Volkswagen former CEO in US criminal and SEC proceedings related to the emissions scandal.
  • Represented Jennifer Williams, a State Department official, in connection with the Congressional impeachment inquiry of the President.
  • Representing a senior executive at Lockheed Martin in a multi-billion dollar False Claims Act action brought by the US Department of Justice.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

Disputes boutique MoloLamken LLP is regularly approached by national and foreign corporations, hedge funds, private equity firms, investors, inventors, executives, and sovereigns for assistance with contentious matters. Acting on both the plaintiff and defendant’s side, the practice handles business litigation and arbitration, IP litigation, and white-collar defense and investigations. Team head Steven Molo in New York is currently involved in a range of high-volume disputes. The Washington DC-based Robert Kry advises on sovereign immunity, arbitration and arbitral enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Steven Molo

Other key lawyers:

Robert Kry; Megan Cunniff Church; Justin Ellis; Caleb Hayes-Deats

Testimonials

‘I think the emphasis on trial experience makes the firm’s practice unique.’

‘Steve Molo is an excellent trial lawyer.’

‘Justin Ellis is terrific; very smart and detail-oriented.’

‘Caleb Hayes-Deats brings substantial experience as a prosecutor which supports his ability as a cross-examiner.’

Key clients

Contrarian Capital Management LLC

Indeck Energy Services, Inc.

Teleflex Incorporated and Pyng Medical USA Corp.

Carpatsky Petroleum Corp.

Vertellus

The Silverfern Group

Wagner Aeronautical, Inc.; Mammoth Freighters LLC; William Wagner; William Tarpley

IntegrityMessageBoards.com, LLC, and Retour, Inc., individually and on behalf of a putative class of Facebook advertisers

Purolite Corporation

Moldovagaz

Special Litigation Committee for Twitter’s Board of Directors

Heirs of the former owners of a Cuban bank

Marion Healthcare LLC; Marion Diagnostic LLC; Andron Medical Associates

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

Hub International Limited and Hub International Midwest Limited

First Choice Federal Credit Union

Work highlights

  • Representing Contrarian Capital Management in its high-stakes suit against Venezuela over defaulted sovereign debt.
  • Representing Indeck Energy Services, a major developer of electric power generation projects, in a theft of trade secrets case, obtaining a judgment of over $25m for the client.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 4

Steven Molo – MoloLamken LLP. New York-based Steven Molo utilizes his ‘great analytical abilities and communication skills‘ to represent senior management of companies and government officials in their most challenging white collar matters in court. Although securities class action cases do not often go to trial, Molo is trusted to represent clients when they do. Indicative of this; in 2021 Molo was retained not long before trial to represent the plaintiff in a high value Dakota Plains securities fraud class action in the Sothern District of New York.

Testimonials

‘Steven Molo has great analytical abilities and communication skills.’

Work highlights

    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.

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    Complex business litigation
    White-collar defense and investigations
    Arbitration
    Appeals
    Supreme Court
    Internal investigations
    Intellectual property and technology
    Securities litigation
    Regulatory
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    Steven F. Molo photo Steven F. Molo
    Number of Partners : 18
    Number of Other Lawyers : 22
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    Senior Partners : Steven F Molo
    Senior Partners : Jeffrey A Lamken