Molly J. Bowen is an Associate at Cohen Milstein and a member of the Securities Litigation & Investor Protection practice group, where she represents clients in securities class actions and shareholder derivative lawsuits. 

Ms. Bowen brings extensive consumer fraud experience to her securities litigation work. While at Cohen Milstein, Ms. Bowen also worked closely with the Public Client practice, representing the interests of state Attorneys General and other public-sector clients in protecting consumers from health care and consumer fraud. Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Bowen was a litigator at a prominent national law firm in Miami, where she focused on antitrust and securities class actions, and False Claims Act and legal malpractice claims.

Some of her current representative matters include:

  • In Re General Electric Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein is Lead Counsel and represents Teachers’ Retirement System of Oklahoma in a putative securities class action against GE for alleged omissions and misstatements related to, namely, its failure to timely impair tens of billions of dollars in goodwill and for misrepresenting the quality and performance of its H-class gas turbines.
  • In re Alphabet Shareholder Derivative Litigation (Sup. Crt. Cal., Santa Clara Cnty.): Cohen Milstein represents Northern California Pipe Trades Pension Plan and Teamsters Local 272 Labor Management Pension Fund as Co-Lead Counsel in a shareholder derivative lawsuit against the Board of Directors of Alphabet, Inc.  Shareholders alleged that the tech giant’s Board violated its fiduciary duty by enabling a double standard at Alphabet that allowed powerful executives to sexually harass and discriminate against women without consequence. On November 30, 2020, the court granted final approval of a historic settlement, including a $310 million commitment to fund diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at Alphabet-owned companies, and workplace and corporate governance reforms including limiting non-disclosure agreements and ending mandatory arbitration in sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation-related disputes. 
  • Credit Suisse Group AG Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein served as Co-Lead Counsel representing the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local No. 710 Pension Plan in a securities class action against Credit Suisse Group AG, involving misrepresentations of its trading limits and risk controls, and subsequent accumulation of billions of dollars in extremely risky, highly illiquid investments, including the surreptitious accumulation of nearly $3 billion in distressed debt and U.S. collateralized loan obligations (“CLOs”). On December 16, 2020, the court granted preliminary final approval of a $15.5 million settlement.

Ms. Bowen also maintains an active pro bono practice involving notable matters, such as:

  • Vivian Englund v. World Pawn Exchange, LLC (Cir. Crt., Coos Cnty., Or.): Cohen Milstein successfully represented the estate of a Kirsten Englund in a wrongful death case of first impression in Oregon state court and nationally, addressing the legal liability for federally licensed firearms dealers involved in online straw sales. The landmark settlement establishes important legal precedent at the state and federal levels regarding gun dealer responsibility for online sales of firearms. Given the precedential significance of this lawsuit, Cohen Milstein was named to The National Law Journal’s “2019 Pro Bono Hot List” and won Public Justice Foundation’s “2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year – Finalist” award.

Ms. Bowen regularly publishes on developments in securities law and was named a winner of the Burton Awards in 2019, placing her among the “finest law firm writers” in the nation, for “INSIGHT: Holding Firearms Dealers Accountable for Online Straw Sales,” Bloomberg Law (December 19, 2018).

Prior to pursing private practice, Ms. Bowen was a law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Ms. Bowen graduated magna cum laude from Macalester College with a B.A. in Geography in 2007. She earned her J.D., summa cum laude, graduating first in her class, from Washington University School of Law in 2013, where she was a member of the Appellate Clinic and served as the Articles Editor for the Washington University Law Review. During law school, Ms. Bowen focused on union-side labor law, including participating in an externship at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) legal department.

  • Next Generation Leader, American Constitution Society
  • Member, Public Justice Center’s Lawyers Alliance