Molly M. Lens


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Molly M. Lens 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