Overview

Molly L. Wiltshire is a litigator who represents companies and individuals in diverse legal areas, including government regulatory and grand jury investigations, complex civil and commercial disputes, and environmental and animal litigation.

When clients seek Molly’s advice, they’re asking for more than legal guidance. That’s why she first takes a wide-angle approach, fostering mutual trust and clear communication so that she understands the pressures her clients face from internal and external stakeholders. She then provides strategic, practical counsel that never loses sight of her client’s business objectives. And when it comes to high stakes litigation, she works closely with experts and consultants to navigate voluminous data sets, distilling complex technical issues to capture her client’s perspective concisely and persuasively.

In addition to litigating, she has presented to corporate counsel and bar association groups on the attorney-client privilege and ethical rules regarding confidentiality, especially as they relate to the in-house counsel role, and diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

  • Experience

    Molly has managed complex civil discovery practice in multiple federal cases. With both trial and appellate court experience, Molly has argued and defeated motions to dismiss and won a number of other pre- and post-trial motions for her clients. She also has drafted pleadings, appellate briefs, preliminary injunction motions, and discovery motions. Her experience includes the following:

    • Expert witness retention and development for deposition and trial
    • Fact witness interviews, deposition and trial testimony preparation
    • Depositions of fact and expert witnesses
    • Managing e-discovery in complex civil and white collar cases
    • Trial graphics development
    • Merits and post-trial briefing
  • Credentials

    Education

    • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2012
      Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, Co-chair
      National Animal Law Moot Court Competition, Co-chair
      Human Rights Law Society, Board Member
    • Columbia University, B.A., 2006, magna cum laude
      Dean’s List
    • La Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán - Merida Mexico, Study Abroad Program, 2005

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

        Professional Memberships

        • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Pathfinder
        • Social Impact Incubator, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Member
        • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Animal Law Section Council, Member
        • American Bar Association (ABA) TIPS Animal Law Committee, Member and Newsletter Editor

        Languages Spoken & Fluency

        • Spanish, Conversant
      • Insights

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        Event

        Women Lawyers Working Across Generations

        Gender Diversity for a New Generation in a Global Legal Profession – UK and US Perspectives

        Location:
        London, England
        News Release

        Emerging Lawyers Lists 14 Schiff Attorneys in Illinois

        Fourteen Schiff Hardin attorneys have been named to the 2019 Emerging Lawyers Network.

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Elects 10 New Partners

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 10 attorneys have been elected to its partnership, effective January 1, 2019.

        News Release

        Three Schiff Attorneys Join 2018 LCLD Leadership Programs

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys will participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) 2018 leadership programs.

        News Release

        18 Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named to 2018 Emerging Lawyers List

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2018 Emerging Lawyers Network.

        News Release

        Nineteen Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named Emerging Lawyers

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 19 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2017 Emerging Lawyers Network.

        News Release

        Chicago Associate Molly L. Wiltshire Receives 2016 NIJC Rising Star Award

        Each year, NIJC honors individuals who have made outstanding achievements to promote, protect, and advance human rights throughout the world. Molly and her fellow recipients will be honored at NIJC’s 17th Annual Human Rights Awards luncheon on June 2, 2016.

        Article

        Of Eggs and Hens: Pro Bono Opportunities in the Area of Animal Law

        Animal law is a growing practice area and there are animal law opportunities for direct litigation experience, through traditional and pro bono engagements.

        Other Publications

        • "Daubert for Drug-Sniffing Dogs," News & Developments, ABA Section of Litigation, Expert Witnesses (Mar. 11, 2013)
        • "Illinois Appellate Court Affirms One Occurrence Liability Limit for Multiple Injuries Sustained from One Cause," (co-author) Schiff Hardin Insurance Alert (Jan. 22, 2013)

        Speeches & Presentations

        • “Women Lawyers Working Across Generations,” Gender Diversity for a New Generation in a Global Legal Profession – UK and US Perspectives, London, England (Jun. 5, 2019)
      • Citizenship

        Pro Bono Activities

        Molly devotes substantial time to pro bono matters, chiefly in the areas of asylum, animal law, civil rights, and family law.

         

        • Through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Molly has successfully represented multiple clients in contested divorce, child custody, and child support disputes.
        • Working with the National Immigrant Justice Center, she currently represents clients from China and Cote d’Ivoire in defensive asylum proceedings.
        • Molly has represented local and national animal welfare organizations in federal litigation regarding the constitutionality of puppy mill ordinances.
        • Molly has represented multiple Illinois prisoners in Section 1983 civil rights cases, including successfully securing financial settlement for her client.
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      Molly L. Wiltshire named 2016 NIJC Rising Star

      The National Immigrant Justice Center selected Chicago associate Molly L. Wiltshire as a 2016 Rising Star. The award honors individuals who have made outstanding achievements to promote, protect, and advance human rights. MORE