Molly divides her practice between class action litigation and appeals involving class actions and other high-stakes cases. She has significant experience representing clients in a range of industries, including those in the fields of consumer product manufacturing, building construction, animal health, energy and insurance.
As part of her class action practice, Molly enjoys working with clients to develop a litigation strategy that fits the client’s business needs. She regularly provides advice regarding dispositive motion practice, written and document discovery, expert witness development and key arguments against class certification. If settlement is an option, Molly has experience handling both individual and class-wide settlements and enjoys finding creative solutions to resolve these types of cases.
Molly’s extensive appellate practice stems from her previous career as a law clerk to The Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. At Shook, she has successfully represented clients in appeals in the Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and D.C Circuits, most recently helping to secure the reversal of a multimillion dollar jury verdict.
A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, Molly is a member of the advisory board for the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy at the law school. She also is a former adjunct professor of civil procedure and a guest presenter for the school’s complex litigation course. During law school, Molly was an articles editor of the Kansas Law Review, a Raymond F. Rice Foundation Scholar and inducted into the Order of the Coif. She also was a teaching assistant in the law school’s legal research and writing program.
Molly R. Schimmels, First Amendment Suits and the Prison Litigation Reform Act's Physical Injury Requirement: The Availability of Damage Awards for Inmate Claimants, 51 Kan. L. Rev. 935 (2003).
John Sherk & Molly Carella, Innovations in Class-Action Litigation: A Case-Study Approach, SHB's Update of the Law CLE (June 2013).