Molly M. Lens


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Molly M. Lens, Co-Head of O'Melveny's Entertainment, Sports and Media Industry Group, is a highly skilled and accomplished litigator specializing in complex civil litigation, contract disputes, intellectual property, copyright, and trademark matters, business torts, class actions, arbitration, securities matters, and regulatory investigations related to the entertainment, media, and financial services industries.

Molly’s clients include major motion picture studios, leading investment banks, and high-net-worth individuals,  among others. She frequently advises clients on how to minimize litigation and exposure to risk related to potential transactions.



  • French

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 US for Media & Entertainment: Litigation (2020)
  • Recognized as a Law360 Media & Entertainment MVP (2019)
  • Named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers list (2019)
  • Named to Variety’s Legal Impact Report (2019, 2020)
  • Named to The Legal 500 US “Next Generation Lawyer” list in the “Media and entertainment” category (2017-2019)
  • Named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Most Influential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles list (2017)
  • Named to Legal 500’s “Next Generation Lawyer” list in the “Media and entertainment” category (2017-2019)
  • Named a “Rising Star” and one of “the top five media and entertainment attorneys under age 40” by Law360 (2015, 2016)
  • Named one of “Hollywood's New Leaders” by Variety (2015)


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • US Court of Appeals, Second and Ninth Circuits


  • The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2003: cum laude; Article Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law
  • Macalester College, B.A., 2000: cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities

Bar Activities

  • Federal Bar Council Inn of Court liaison and member (2009-2011)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers: Young Lawyers Division Committee (2012-2014)

Board Member

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation; Chair, Ad-hoc Young Professionals’ Initiative


  • “Selective Waiver and Privilege in the Southern District of New York,” 79 U.S.L.W. 1835, co-authored with Jeffrey A. Rosenthal (Jan. 4, 2011)
  • Representing Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema in copyright and contract action over merchandising, service, and theme park rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  • Represented Citibank in litigation arising out of one of the largest foreign currency trading frauds
  • Representing Fox in a trademark dispute to the breakout hit Empire
  • Representing two individuals in litigation over control to one of Southern California’s largest outdoor advertising companies
  • Representing FremantleMedia in tort and breach of contract case concerning the hit reality show The X-Factor

Press Releases

In the News

Bloomberg Law: O’Melveny Announces New Leaders, Including Litigation, Corporate

February 11, 2021

The American Lawyer O’Melveny Expands Leadership Ranks, Naming Another Vice Chair and Group Co-Chairs

February 11, 2021

Law360: Activision Latest To Accuse Netflix Of Executive Poaching

December 4, 2020

Variety: Netflix Sued Again for Poaching — This Time by Activision Blizzard

December 4, 2020

Law360: ‘Empire’ Copyright Suit Fizzles On Second Trip To 9th Circ.

August 21, 2020

Variety: 2020 Legal Impact Report

July 14, 2020

Law360: MVP: O’Melveny’s Molly Lens

November 26, 2019

Law360: Fox Nears Order Blocking Netflix From Poaching Execs

November 25, 2019

Deadline: Netflix Looks To Come Up Short In Exec Poaching Battle With Fox; 2020 Trial Likely Off The Calendar

November 25, 2019

Law360: Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 76 Firms

November 11, 2019

Law360: ‘Empire’ Copyright Case Against Fox Rejected For Third Time

June 17, 2019

Deadline: Netflix Takes Near TKO In Exec Poaching Suit With Fox & Disney

June 5, 2019