Molly divides her practice into two areas: class action and complex litigation, and appeals involving class actions and other high-stakes matters. She represents clients in a wide range of industries, including consumer product, automotive, building construction, pharmaceuticals, animal health, and energy.

As part of her class action practice, Molly takes a proactive approach to learn about each client’s business. With that knowledge, she becomes an adviser and collaborator who can develop litigation strategies that are best suited to the client’s short-term and long-term business objectives. When litigation begins, Molly regularly provides advice regarding dispositive motion practice, discovery, expert witness development and key arguments against class certification. She also works to find innovative, creative settlement options in both individual cases and class actions. 

Molly has an extensive appellate practice, and has successfully represented clients in the Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and D.C. circuits, most recently helping to secure the reversal of a multimillion-dollar jury verdict. 

Molly is a member of the advisory board for the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy at the University of Kansas School of Law. She also is a former adjunct professor of civil procedure and has been a guest presenter in the school’s complex litigation course and products liability seminar.


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).