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Molly Jean Given

Molly Jean Given


Molly Jean Given is a trial attorney whose practice focuses on individual and mass tort product liability within the drug and medical device industry. A long focus on the life sciences gives Molly insight in key areas including FDA compliance and case-specific medical analysis. She has multiple defense verdicts under her belt and experience defending clients in class action, MDL and other precedent-setting litigation.

As a key team member of national counsel for multiple life sciences clients, Molly has experience developing and implementing broad defense litigation strategy and discovery practices, in addition to the daily management of cases. Most recently, Molly played a key role in trial readiness and strategy as part of the national trial team representing a medical device manufacturer in personal injury claims involving pelvic mesh. She chaired medical device trials in 2013 and 2014, including the first bellwether trial in the California pain pump JCCP, where she conducted the direct examination of a biomedical engineering expert on product testing opinions and argued nonsuit and directed verdict motions. She also represented a national compounding pharmacy as local counsel in over 60 cases and claims and has argued motions to compel arbitration for nursing home clients.

Molly has dug in her high heels on complex regulatory issues, including deposing plaintiffs' FDA expert on 510(k) compliance, developing cross examination themes and outlines, and authoring briefs to exclude these experts. Molly has argued multiple regulatory motions and deposed more than a dozen medical doctors, including plaintiffs' causation experts and treating physicians. Further, Molly enjoys working with causation experts to learn the important facts behind complex theories. This helps her analyze the medical records, ask the right questions at fact witness depositions, and find common-sense ways to explain these theories to juries.

Molly is an active participant on the firm's diversity committee and has presented on diversity inclusion. She shows commitment to pro bono activities by representing children in Minnesota's foster care system.  Additionally, Molly enjoys trying new restaurants with her family and hiking Minnesota state parks with her husband, Joe, their two children and their rescue dog, Betty White.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2007

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2007
    magna cum laude
    Editor, Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice
  • Colby College, B.A., 2004
    summa cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
    • Minnesota State Bar Association


    • Benchmark Litigation
      —"Under 40 Hot List," 2016
    • —"Future Star," 2019
    • Minnesota Lawyer
      —"Up & Coming Attorney," 2014
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Minnesota Rising Stars, 2014 – 2019

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • "So You’re Going to Trial in California: A Guide to What You Need to Know," Co-Presenter, CA Life Sciences Hot Topics Seminar, April 2019
  • "Forecasting the Product Liability Landscape for Life Sciences," Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, October 2018
  • "Key Risk Considerations for Medical Device Suppliers," Co-Presenter, Client Seminar, February 2018
  • "Potential Litigation Risk Associated with Reactions to Implants Made from Resorbable Materials,” Co-Presenter, Client Seminar, October 2017
  • "Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know," Electronic Discovery Update, National Business Institute, May 2012
  • "Successfully Managing eDiscovery From a Mass Tort Perspective," Co-Presenter, Client Presentaiton, February 2012


  • "From Plaintiffs' Attorneys to Congress: Using an Interdisciplinary Approach to Recalls," (co-authored with Kim M. Schmid), ABA Section of the Litigation, November 2014
  • "Prioritize When Deposing Plaintiff 'FDA Experts'", Law 360, June 2014
  • "Concerns Heighten Over the Prospect of ‘Responsible Corporate Officer’ Prosecutions Against Drug and Device Manufacturers" (co-authored with Kim M. Schmid), Westlaw Journal Medical Devices, Vol. 17, Iss. 24, January 2011