Molly R. Hamilton Cawley




Assistant: Jen Storberg



Molly Hamilton Cawley is an attorney in the Business Litigation group. She has been advising clients and litigating cases — representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts — for more than 10 years. She began her practice as a judicial law clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals, where she developed a strong interest in appellate work and honed her legal writing skills. Since clerking, Molly has been a business litigator whose practice is marked by a depth and breadth in many areas of the law, including contract matters, employment law, fraud and business torts, shareholder/partner/member disputes, and insurance law and ERISA.

She was honored as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers from 2007 to 2016, and was recently named a 2019 South Carolina Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” In 2011, Molly was named an “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer for her work representing 136 plaintiffs in a fraudulent investment case that uncovered one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Minnesota history.

Molly has a multi-jurisdictional practice — she is licensed in South Carolina, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, and admitted in the following federal courts: District of South Carolina, District of Minnesota, Southern and Northern Districts of Iowa, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and District of Nebraska. Molly continues to practice in these jurisdictions and enjoys the opportunity to advise and co-counsel with attorneys in other states.

Publications & Presentations


  • Contributor, The ERISA Survey of Federal Circuits – 2016 Edition

  • Co-Author, “Sex Appeal: Appellate Courts Take on Gender Discrimination under Title VII” – In-House Defense Quarterly, Spring 2015

  • Co-Author, “Ladies Who Launch: Reflections on Marketing” – The Woman Advocate, Vol, 19, No. 4, Summer 2014

  • Co-Author, “Co-Borrower or Guarantor? A Distinction with a Difference” – ICBM News, July 2014

  • Co-Author, “You Can Reduce Fraud in Any Business ‘Marriage'” – Upsize Magazine, August/September 2011


  • Webinar Host, “Feds and Reds” – South Carolina Bar Association

  • Webinar Host, “Transgender Legal Issues in Employment and Education” – South Carolina Bar Association

  • Course Planner & Presenter, “Emerging Trends in Business Torts: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” – South Carolina Business Torts CLE, October 3, 2014

Professional & Community


  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • South Carolina
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of Wisconsin