Molly McCafferty

Managing Associate


Molly focuses her practice on criminal defense and government and internal investigations. She represents individuals and corporations in connection with criminal and civil enforcement proceedings, and has experience defending against allegations of securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), money laundering, the False Claims Act (FCA), and others.

Molly was part of a federal criminal trial team representing an individual accused of securities fraud and tax evasion, and currently represents a former COO in a federal criminal case set for trial in 2022. 

Molly served on the Monitor team for an FCPA Monitorship and represented a multinational under the review of an independent FCPA Monitor. She has conducted internal investigations for companies in several industries, including technology, biotechnology, telecommunications, and finance.

Molly also represents a non-profit organization serving donor offspring, sperm donors, egg donors and other donor-conceived people. She has led a pro-bono initiative to assist transgender persons in changing their name and identity documentation. She has appeared on The Doctors commenting on regulation and litigation in the sperm donor industry.

Before joining Orrick, Molly was a Litigation and Enforcement associate in the San Francisco and Washington, D.C., offices of another international law firm. Prior to attending law school, Molly was a pianist and conductor on the national tour of Wicked.

    • Advising a public-company CFO in a shareholder class action
    • Advised a CFO in favorably resolving an SEC enforcement action
    • Advised a multinational corporation subject to review by an independent FCPA Monitor
    • Served on the legal teams for an FCPA Monitorship before the DOJ and SEC
    • Advises clients in the development of their anti-corruption compliance programs, including the drafting of policies, procedures, and related trainings
    • Conducts global internal investigations and advising clients on voluntary disclosures to the DOJ and SEC
    • Conducts FCPA due diligence in M&A transactions
    • Representing an individual in connection with a criminal investigation conducted by the DOJ
    • Representing a multinational corporation in connection with a criminal investigation conducted by the Office of the Inspector General for Health and Human Services