Molo Lamken LLP at a Glance


  • “Interesting work”
  • “Early responsibility”
  • “Minimal bureaucracy and hierarchy”


  • “Unpredictable hours”
  • “Lean staffing can cause crunch periods”

About Molo Lamken LLP


Just three years old and 23 attorneys strong, MoloLamken has made a name for itself among the heavy hitters of boutique litigation shops. With offices in three of the country's major metropolises -- New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC -- MoloLamken's attorneys focus on complex business litigation, white-collar criminal defense and intellectual property. 

What Recession?

Superstar attorneys Steven Molo and Jeffrey Lamken took a gamble and left prestigious and well-established BigLaw firms to start their own boutique. What's more, they made their move at a rather perilous moment: in October of 2009, the midst of the recession. Molo had spent just over five years as a litigation partner at Shearman & Sterling. He'd been a senior litigator and member of the Executive Committee of Winston & Strawn prior, and had begun his career as a prosecutor in Chicago. Meanwhile, Lamken was busy heading the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice at Baker Botts, after serving as an Assistant to the Solicitor General. The two met representing Morgan Stanley during its successful hundred billion-dollar-appeal against financier Ron Perelman, and bonded over a mutual belief that complex litigation would be more efficiently carried out by eliminating unnecessary overhead. Thus, the small firm with a flexible billing structure -- charging clients primarily based upon the results achieved rather than the hours billed -- was born.

Molo and Lamken's gamble paid off. Within less than two years, MoloLamken had made its mark, winning six cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and achieving lots of success in other trial and appellate courts. The firm is known for its meticulous attention to detail and for pushing cases toward trial, where its stars can shine. They have represented everyone from Fortune 500 companies to foreign banks, hedge funds, whistleblowers, Wall Street brokers, the former U.S. Attorney General, and foreign governments.

No Rookies in the Lineup, Please

The firm started out with just five lawyers and has already quadrupled in size. MoloLamken is looking to climb higher up the double-digit ranks, and has set an ultimate size goal of 40-50 lawyers. But don't scramble for that resume just yet: you'll need to rack up a good few years as an associate at a larger firm first -- and judicial clerkship experience is preferred. MoloLamken's high-stakes, complicated cases and consequent premium on experience mean it doesn't hire associates fresh out of school. 

Connoisseurs of Complex Litigation

The firm is known for taking on bet-the-farm cases, which is to be expected considering some of its partners' experience. Before founding the firm, Steven Molo represented Deutsche Bank against Donald Trump; partner Justin Shur prosecuted both John Edwards and David Safavian, an associate of "Casino" Jack Abramoff, in his prior role of Deputy Chief of the DOJ's Public Integrity Section. MoloLamken represents both plaintiffs and defendant in litigation, and certainly isn't afraid of challenging the status quo. The firm has taken on corporate giants the likes of JP Morgan Chase, Citicorp, Groupon, and bestselling author of The Big Short, Moneyball, and The Blind Side Michael Lewis.

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Molo Lamken LLP

540 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212.607.8160
Fax: 212.607.8161


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partners: Steven F. Molo and Jeffrey A. Lamken
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 23

  • Employment Contact
    Name: Ben Quarmby

  • Summer Associate Offers
    MoloLamken does not offer a summer associate program.

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Complex Civil Litigation
    Intellectual Property and Technology
    Internal Investigations
    White Collar Defense and Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC
  • Chicago, IL
  • New York, NY

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