Education & Honors

Northwestern University School of Law, 2008, J.D., magna cum laude

First in Class

John Paul Stevens Award for Academic Excellence

Order of the Coif

Raoul Berger Prize

Wigmore Prize

Senior Articles Editor, Northwestern University Law Review

Teaching Assistant, Constitutional Law

Northwestern University, 2001, B.A., magna cum laude 

Phi Beta Kappa

Government service

Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United States, 2010-2011

Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable David S. Tatel, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2008-2009

Bar admissions

New York 

Abby M. Mollen

Chicago Office
Courthouse Place
54 West Hubbard Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654
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Professional Practice

Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, 2011-Present, Partner (since 2015)

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, 2009-2010, Associate 

Current representations

Cloud Satchel v. (D. Del.)
Trial counsel for in patent infringement case relating to document database and retrieval technology and the Kindle portable reader.  Case pending.

UbiComm v. Zappos IP, Inc. (D. Del.)
Trial counsel for Zappos in patent infringement case relating to e-mail reminder systems.  Won judgment of invalidity under § 101 on a Rule 12 motion.  Appeal pending.  Read more here.

The FairPoint Communications, Inc. Litigation Trust v. Verizon Communications, Inc. (W.D.N.C.)
Trial counsel for Verizon in fraudulent conveyance action brought by a litigation trust.  Case pending.

Representative cases

Dyson, Inc. v. BISSELL Homecare, Inc. (N.D. Ill.)
Trial counsel for BISSELL as defendant in a Lanham Act action brought by Dyson concerning vacuum cleaners.  Case settled.

Tyco International Ltd. v. Swartz (S.D.N.Y.)
Trial counsel for Tyco in case against former CFO for improperly received compensation in SDNY.  Obtained order in favor of Tyco after bench trial.

Pioneer Hi-Bred v. Monsanto (S.D. Iowa)
Trial counsel for Pioneer in patent infringement suit against Monsanto relating to corn seed production techniques.  Case settled.

Tyco International Ltd. v. Kozlowski (S.D.N.Y.)
Trial counsel for Tyco in breach of fiduciary duty and conversion suit against former CEO.  Case settled.

Franklin Strategic Income Fund, et al. v. Rigas, et al. (S.D.N.Y.)
Trial counsel for Deloitte and Touche LLP in federal securities suit related to Adelphia Communications Corp.  Case settled

Acknowledgements, presentations, and publications

Understanding Post's and Meiklejohn's Mistakes:  The Central Role of Adversary Democracy in the Theory of  Free Expression, 103 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1303 (2009) (with Martin H. Redish) 

In Defense of the "Hazardous Freedom" of Controversial Student Speech, 102 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1501 (2008) (Comment)