Michelle Nicole Molner


San Francisco

Michelle is an associate in Orrick's San Francisco office. Her practice spans data privacy and cybersecurity counseling, cyber incident response, trade secrets defense, patent infringement litigation, as well as government investigations and regulatory enforcement actions.

Michelle has particular experience counseling clients on prominent privacy regulations, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She also supports counseling on clients' cybersecurity practices, both pre-incident to ensure regulatory compliance and incident preparedness as well as post-incident to guide clients through complicated responses requirements, government investigation, and enforcement actions.

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. 

During her time at Notre Dame Law School, Michelle interned at 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 for protecting corporate intellectual property. Michelle holds a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.