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


Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Lecturer, 2016-present

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

Awards & Recognition

Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015-2016, 2018

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 LLP, 2011-Present, Partner (since 2015)

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, 2009-2010, Associate 

Cases tried or otherwise taken to judgment

Confidential AAA Arbitration
Trial counsel for “Big Four” accounting firm in AAA arbitration against hotel developer.  Plaintiff alleged accountants’ negligence in advising on ESOP and other tax issues.  Case settled favorably during trial after cross-examination of Plaintiffs' witnesses.

Cloud Satchel v. (D. Del.)
Trial and appellate counsel for in patent infringement case relating to document database and retrieval technology and the Kindle portable reader.  Won summary judgment of invalidity.  Affirmed by the Federal Circuit.

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.  UbiComm chose not to pursue an appeal.  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 settled following two-week bench trial.

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.

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.

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

Complex Litigation Conference, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2016

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)