University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2003
Marquette University, B.A., 1998, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa
For Molly Arranz, being a lawyer is about being an advocate. Growing up she witnessed legal challenges her father faced while he ran his own, small business—issues that resulted from his not finding necessary legal assistance for his company’s needs. Her decision to go to law school stemmed from her desire to address this gap and provide legal support for businesses like the one her father owned.
Her first jury trial was a six-figure case where she faced more seasoned lawyers. She won the case on the first day of trial based on her arguments on pretrial motions, which resulted in a full dismissal of the entire matter. Molly’s excitement over this result was enlarged by the fact that, the night before trial started, while preparing her opening statement, she learned that she and her husband were expecting their first child.
Molly has defended more than 60 class and collective actions, in both federal and state jurisdictions throughout the country. She defends clients against alleged infractions of statutes and regulations, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair & Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). She has represented clients in class actions arising out of alleged violations of state consumer fraud acts and landlord-tenant ordinances. She has argued in front of the Eleventh Circuit regarding Federal Communication Commission regulations and interpretation of the TCPA. Recently, in just one of her cases, she successfully defeated class certification and then tried the case to a defense verdict. Molly also defends clients against matters arising out of claims of alleged toxic exposures and claims of contaminated soil or groundwater brought under CERCLA, the Clean Water Act, RCRA, and their state counterparts. She counsels clients on compliance considerations involving marketing and advertising requirements, consumer protection regulations and data privacy practices.
Outside of practicing law, Molly participates in community, school and church organizations. She regularly volunteers at her daughter’s school, teaching grade school students about fine art and its artists.
- Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers List of Rising Stars: 2011, 2013
Memberships & Involvement
- Member: American Bar Association; Wisconsin Bar Association
Court Admissions: Illinois; Wisconsin; U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; and, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Pro Hac Vice Admissions: Florida; Indiana; Arizona; District of Columbia; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina; and, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- Obtained a verdict in favor of the corporate-defendant and individual-defendant in a trial alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
- Obtained judgment on behalf of a small company in a Florida class action case by showing no vicarious liability for the alleged infractions of the federal statute at issue
- Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a case, on the first day of an expected two week trial, based upon the theory that damages sought were not compensable under Illinois law and won the issue on appeal, which presented an issue of first impression
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a major bank in a case alleging injuries from exposure to purported toxic mold, where plaintiff alleged potential damages over $1 million
- Successfully defeated class certification in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case in Washington D.C. based on various grounds, including that plaintiff was an inadequate representative, that common questions did not predominate and that the class action procedure was not the superior mode of adjudication
- Won on a motion for partial summary judgment in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case in federal court in Florida by demonstrating a lack of authority for over two-thirds of the advertisements at issue, thereby reducing potential class recovery by over $2 million
- Successfully defeated class certification in two landlord-tenant class actions in Chicago based, in part, on evidence marshaled to demonstrate individual defenses to the named plaintiffs’ claims
News & Press Releases
- October 21, 2016
- May 18, 2016
- Holster That Offer: Supreme Court Denies Company's Attempt to Pick-off Lead Plaintiff in a Class ActionMarch 7, 2016
- June 17, 2015
- November 25, 2013
- USLAW Magazine, Fall 2016
Presentations & Events
- Illinois Chamber of Commerce; Webinar, March 2, 2017
- 2016 USLAW Network Data Privacy Security Book Camp, Dallas, TX, November 2016
- The Inevitable Class Action: Preparing for, Defending and Recovering from Potential, Company CalamityAssociation of Corporate Counsel, Chicago, IL, November 2, 2016
- Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Webinar, July 13, 2016
- June 23, 2016
- Park Hyatt, Chicago, IL, February 18, 2016
- Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Webinar, June 17, 2015
- PLUS Midwest Chapter Seminar, Chicago, IL, May 6, 2015
- Webinar, February 25, 2014
- Chicago, IL, December 12, 2013