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Up & Coming: Molly Jean Given

Molly Jean Given

Molly Jean Given

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In her first seven years practicing law, Molly Given has gained a reputation for being a “go-to associate” at the Minneapolis law firm of Bowman and Brooke LLP, according to her colleagues.

At the national product defense firm handling primarily life sciences cases, “Molly already functions consistently at a partner level and handles all aspects of litigation,” Alana Bassin, Bowman and Brooke co-managing partner, said in nominating Given as an Up and Coming Attorney. Given handles everything from preparing motions and conducting depositions to helping set trial strategy and serving as part of courtroom trial teams, Bassin said.

“She is viewed among our partners as a “go-to associate” who is given the toughest cases to run with, because she can do so with significantly less supervision than her peers,” Bassin added.

Given already has been involved in litigating cases in 16 different states and participated in five trials with actual stand-up time presenting evidence and conducting testimony in two of them. In one of the trials, Given conducted the direct examination of a biomedical engineering expert involving a dispute over an infusion pump (the plaintiff claimed his use of the defendant’s infusion pump caused cartilage damage in his shoulders). Ultimately, Bowman and Brooke scored a trial verdict for its client, attracting national attention.

Given’s early success as a lawyer isn’t surprising considering her early ambitions. “I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer,” Given said, noting her grandmother’s father, Thomas McMeekin, was a St. Paul criminal defense lawyer who represented some gangsters in the 1930s.

“She (my grandmother) shared some fun stories and that picqued my interest in the law,” said Given, a 2007 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.

Now, as an attorney herself, Given likes “digging into the stories. I like to think about the strategy and how to best tell our side of the story.”

Besides her litigation work, Given serves on Bowman and Brooke’s Diversity committee and is a mentor to young associates. The committee is ranked among the top 10 in the nation by The American Lawyer magazine’s Diversity Scorecard.

Given explained, “I have good role models to mold myself after, specifically women lawyers. I take the role of mentoring people behind me very seriously. I’ve never really felt that there is a (glass) ceiling in my life or career. When you have that mindset, you have a duty to share that with others and do your personal best, to be an example to others.”

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