Michelle Nicole Molner


San Francisco

Michelle's practice spans cybersecurity and data privacy counseling, cyber breach incident response, post-breach litigation and government investigations, and trade secrets defense.

Michelle supports her clients' cybersecurity practices proactively to ensure regulatory compliance, incident preparedness, and business resilience; as well as reactively following a breach to guide clients through complicated notice obligations, government investigations, and civil litigation. She had led tabletop exercises, assisted in forensic analysis, advised on mass individual and regulator notifications, and managed breach investigations and remedial recommendations.

Michelle has extensive experience counseling clients on the bounds and applications of cybersecurity legislation, such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the Stored Communications Act (SCA), and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). She has also helped clients navigate obligations under certain privacy legislation, including the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

On the intellectual property side, Michelle has helped protect clients' trade secrets through high-volume discovery and high-paced litigation under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), securing temporary restraining orders (TRO) and preliminary injunctions along the way. She has also engaged in pre-litigation patent infringement investigation and negotiation, in both offensive and defensive postures.

Prior to joining Orrick, Michelle interned with the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. She also worked in-house to help a Fortune 500 company establish industry-wide protocols and protect its own corporate IP portfolio.