Molly focuses her practice on complex litigation, primarily defending clients in class actions and multidistrict litigation proceedings. She has significant experience representing a range of product manufacturers and distributors, including those in the automotive, animal health, energy and pharmaceutical industries. She also coordinates class-action settlements, counseling clients on whether to enter into settlement negotiations and how best to structure a settlement agreement and administer its terms.

Before joining Shook, Molly was the career law clerk to The Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. With her extensive knowledge of appellate law and practice, Molly maintains an active role in Shook’s appellate practice group, having drafted briefs and assisted with appeals in the Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits Courts of Appeals. Her prior experience as an adjunct professor of Civil Procedure at the University of Kansas School of Law also makes her uniquely qualified to handle complex and cutting-edge procedural matters.

During law school at the University of Kansas, 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 was also 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).