Molly M. Lens


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Molly M. Lens is Co-Head of O'Melveny's Entertainment, Sports, and Media Industry Group and a member of the firm’s Policy Committee. Molly is a versatile and accomplished lawyer with a broad litigation practice that spans a variety of areas, including entertainment, employment, intellectual property, business torts, and unfair competition. Clients routinely turn to Molly to represent them in high-profile litigation and advise them on sensitive internal matters, including allegations of misconduct and discrimination. Molly also devotes significant time to pro bono matters.

Molly has been recognized as a leading entertainment litigator by The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Law360, and The Legal 500. She has also been named to the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” list by Benchmark Litigation and among the “Most Influential Women Lawyers” in Los Angeles by The Los Angeles Business Journal.

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US for Copyright (2022)
  • Named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers list (2022, 2020, 2022)
  • Named to the “Top 250 Women in Litigation" list by Benchmark Litigation (2022)
  • Recognized as a "California - Litigation Star” and a “Local Litigation Star” in Commercial by Benchmark Litigation (2022)
  • Selected to the National Law Journal’s “Trailblazers - Employment Law” list (2021)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 US for Media & Entertainment: Litigation (2020-2022)
  • Recognized as a Law360 Media & Entertainment MVP (2019)
  • Named to Variety’s Legal Impact Report (2019-2021)
  • 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 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, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • US District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • US District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • US Court of Appeals, Second, Seventh, 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


  • Honorable Harriet O’Neill, Texas Supreme Court

Board Member

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation; Vice-Chair, Nominating Committee


  • Los Angeles Copyright Society


  • “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)

Entertainment and Media

  • Helped Fox overturn a $128.5 million punitive damages arbitration award to the stars and two producers of Fox’s longtime hit television show Bones
  • Obtained dismissal for Fox Broadcasting, FremantleMedia, CORE Media Group, and others of a putative class action complaint brought by former African-American male contestants who had been disqualified from American Idol
  • Represented Warner Bros. and The CW Network in a “vertical integration claim” relating to Smallville
  • Representation of studios in connection with various in profit participation matters

Intellectual Property

  • Represents Marvel is a series of copyright termination litigations involving some of Marvel’s most iconic characters
  • Represented Fox in copyright infringement lawsuit over The Shape of Water, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2018
  • Represented 20th Century in copyright litigation over The Predator franchise
  • Obtained dismissal for Fox in copyright litigation over the breakout hit Empire
  • Obtained summary judgment for Fox in a trademark dispute concerning the breakout hit Empire
  • Represented 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 a regional bank against allegations of trademark infringement over new name resulting from rebranding due to multiple mergers
  • Successfully defended Warner Bros. in copyright termination matter

In the News

Daily Journal: “Top Gun” Lawsuit Won’t Fly, Paramount Responds

August 30, 2022

Law360: Paramount Wants To Shoot Down ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ IP Suit

August 30, 2022

Deadline: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Copyright Lawsuit Should Be Grounded, Paramount Says

August 27, 2022

The American Lawyer: More Than 2,000 Women Partners Issue Call to Action Post-‘Dobbs’

June 27, 2022

Variety: Variety’s Legal Impact Report 2022: Top Attorneys Winning Cases and Making Deals in Hollywood

April 20, 2022

The Hollywood Reporter: Power Lawyers 2022: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys

March 30, 2022

Law360: Netflix Improperly Poached Fox Execs, Calif. Panel Says

December 3, 2021

The Hollywood Reporter: Netflix Can’t Recruit Disney’s Fox Executives, Appeals Court Rules

December 2, 2021

The Recorder: O’Melveny Reps Marvel in Copyright Dispute With Comic Writer’s Family

September 24, 2021

Reuters: Marvel Sues Comic Book Artists Over Rights to Iron Man, Spider-Man, Others

September 24, 2021

The National Law Journal: 2021 Employment Law Trailblazers

July 22, 2021

Deadline: Disney Lashes Back At Original ‘Predator’ Scribes’ Hunt For Rights To 1987 Schwarzenegger Starrer

April 15, 2021

The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Predator’ Screenwriters Suing Disney to Recapture Rights

April 15, 2021

Variety: Variety’s Legal Impact Report 2021: O’Melveny’s Entertainment Litigation Group

April 8, 2021

Law360: ‘Shape Of Water’ Copyright Fight Ends In Settlement

April 6, 2021

New York Law Journal: Alexis Cirel Joins Warshaw Burstein as Partner in Firm’s New Fertility Law Group

February 25, 2021

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

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