Molly S. DiRago

Associate

Chicago
Business Phone: 312.759.1926
Business Fax: 312.759.1939

molly.dirago@troutman.com

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Molly represents clients in all stages of litigation, including pre-trial, trial, post-trial, and appeals. She has appeared and argued in state and federal courts across the country, in addition to the Illinois Department of Labor and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Her clients range from large, multi-national companies to small, closely-held corporations and individuals spanning a variety of industries including technology, solar, and energy. No matter the industry, Molly believes it is imperative to learn her client’s business inside and out to effectively achieve her client’s objectives. She does not employ a “one-size-fits-all” litigation strategy because there is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution for her clients. Instead, Molly identifies the unique approach that will best serve each individual client and then aggressively litigates towards that end.

Molly is a member of the firm’s emerging technology group and has counseled clients on privacy policies, including on the collection of biometric data (fingerprints, retina scans, etc.) and has written articles on Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, which has recently seen a flurry of litigation in Illinois and beyond.

Molly also enjoys contributing to the legal community through pro bono and public service efforts. Among other things, she currently serves as a delegate for the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and the Vice-Chair for the Committee on Attorney Malpractice for the Chicago Bar Association. She has also written articles for Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) and holds a position with the Parent Teacher Organization for her children’s school.

Representative Matters

  • Counseled and advised various clients with respect to their biometric information collection policies.
  • Represented PJM Interconnection, LLC, a regional transmission organization that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia in its case alleging a scheme to manipulate the energy markets operated by PJM, in violation of RICO, with damages up to $150 million.
  • Lead attorney representing a member of a limited liability company whose managing-member defrauded the company and breached its fiduciary duties.
  • Represented shareholders of a closely-held corporation in their shareholder disputes, including breach of contract and fiduciary duties.
  • Obtained summary judgment for the owner of a large manufacturing plant in Chicago, where an accidental death of a construction worker occurred on the property during demolition.
  • Assisted a corporation in the recovery industry that had developed cutting-edge technology to aid in vehicle repossessions in its defense against intellectual property claims, including theft of trade secrets and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in the Northern District of Texas.
  • Member of the trial team defending a corporation against an intrusion of seclusion claim by its former employee, involving issues of agency and vicarious liability in the Cook County Circuit Court; won remittitur after jury trial.
  • Represented, pro bono, the first plaintiff to avail herself of the Illinois Department of Labor’s Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA), which resulted in a full hearing before a Department of Labor administrative judge.
  • Obtained a successful settlement, through court-sponsored mediation, for an individual who brought claims against his former employer for age and race discrimination.

Legal Publications

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Delegate, the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in law
  • Vice-Chair for the Committee on Attorney Malpractice for the Chicago Bar Association
  • Associate Editor of Write City Magazine
  • A.N. Pritzker Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization
  • Moot Court Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County Mock Trial Competition for Chicago Public High Schools

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2017-present
  • Associate, Chapman & Spingola LLP, 2011-2012
  • Associate, Novack and Macey LLP, 2008-2011
  • Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 2003-2008

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Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 2004
  • Illinois State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit