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 has been recognized by the legal industry for her work, including by The National Law Journal who named her a 2021 “Rising Star of the Plaintiffs Bar.”
Ms. Bowen also brings extensive consumer fraud experience to her securities litigation work, having worked with Cohen Milstein’s 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 Pinterest Derivative Litigation (N.D. Cal.): Cohen Milstein, as Interim Lead Counsel, represents the Employees Retirement System of Rhode Island and other Pinterest shareholders in a consolidated shareholder derivative complaint against certain current officers and directors of Pinterest, including its Board Chairman and CEO, for breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of Section 14(a) of the Exchange Act, relating to their alleged personal engagement in and facilitation of a systematic practice of illegal discrimination of employees on the basis of race and sex, from at least February 2018 through the present. As a result of this illegal misconduct, the Company’s financial position, goodwill, and reputation among users has been harmed.
- In re Wells Fargo & Company Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein is Co-Lead Counsel, representing Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi and the State of Rhode Island, Office of the General Treasurer, in this putative securities class action, alleging that Wells Fargo and certain executives misrepresented that the bank had improved its governance and oversight structures following a widespread consumer fraud banking scandal in direct violation of its 2018 consent orders with the CFPB, OCC, and the Federal Reserve.
- FirstEnergy Shareholder Derivative Litigation (S.D. Ohio; N.D. Ohio): Cohen Milstein represents the Massachusetts Laborers Pension Fund in two shareholder derivative actions against certain current and former officers and directors and nominal defendant FirstEnergy related to the Company’s involvement in Ohio’s largest public bribery schemes, which resulted in FirstEnergy signing a historic $230 million deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and admitting to having paid more than $60 million in illegal contributions in return for legislation that benefited FirstEnergy.
Some of Ms. Bowen’s recent successes include:
- In re Alphabet Shareholder Derivative Litigation (Sup. Crt. Cal., Santa Clara Cnty.): Cohen Milstein, as Co-Lead Counsel, represented Northern California Pipe Trades Pension Plan and Teamsters Local 272 Labor Management Pension Fund 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, as Co-Lead Counsel, represented 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 and risk limits, 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 final approval of a $15.5 million settlement.
Ms. Bowen also maintains an active pro bono practice involving notable matters, such as:
- Small Claims Matter (D.C. Small Claims Court): Ms. Bowen successfully represented a low-income tenant in a small claims action, obtaining summary judgment in her client’s favor on a novel claim of unjust enrichment based on the landlord’s assessment of late fees deemed excessive by local statute.
- 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.