Molly J. Bowen | Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
Molly J. Bowen, a partner in the Securities Litigation & Investor Protection practice, represents public pension funds and other institutional investors in securities class actions and shareholder derivative lawsuits.
Molly is recognized in the legal industry for her clear judgment and unique blend of appellate and trial experience, making her an exceptional litigator. She has played a leading role in some of the firm’s most high-profile lawsuits, including In re Wells Fargo & Co. Securities Litigation, which resulted in a $1 billion settlement, the largest recovery ever in a securities class action not involving a restatement, an SEC, or DOJ criminal charges; FirstEnergy Shareholder Derivative Litigation, achieving the largest recovery in a shareholder derivative suit in the Sixth Circuit as well as unprecedented corporate governance reform; In re Alphabet Shareholder Derivative Litigation and In re Pinterest Derivative Litigation, both of which resulted in groundbreaking settlements to hold corporate boards of directors accountable for systemic workplace discrimination, harassment, and toxic work cultures.
Molly also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representing low-income individuals in DC family court and small claims court. She also was a key member of the Englund v. World Pawn litigation team that obtained precedent-setting rulings on the legal liability of firearms dealers involved in online straw sales. The extraordinary results achieved in this case resulted in the team’s selection as a finalist in the 2019 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.
Molly regularly publishes on developments in securities law and was named a winner of a Burton Award in 2019 for “INSIGHT: Holding Firearms Dealers Accountable for Online Straw Sales,” Bloomberg Law.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Molly was an associate at a prominent defense firm in Miami, Florida, and clerked for Hon. Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Molly graduated first in her class from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and served as the articles editor for the Washington University Law Review.