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PAUL W. MOLLICA joined Outten & Golden LLP as Of Counsel in 2010. Mr. Mollica has wide appellate experience, including dozens of appeals in state and federal courts, and has often authored or co-authored amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals for such national organizations as the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, ACLU, NAACP, AARP, People for the American Way, and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He is also a frequent author and lecturer (for lawyers and courts) in the area of employment discrimination. He served as executive editor on the Fourth Edition of Lindemann and Grossman's Employment Discrimination Law (BNA 2007) and upcoming Fifth Edition (anticipated for 2013), and worked as associate editor on all supplements since 2000.  Since 2004, Mr. Mollica has authored the "Daily Developments in EEO Law" law blog.


In 2011, Mr. Mollica was elected to membership in the American Law Institute (ALI), a limited-enrollment organization devoted to publishing scholarly work to develop the law (including Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law). Previously, in 2008, he was named an Advisor to the ALI's Employment Law Restatement. He is also a two-term past president of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, a public-interest bar association. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer© in Illinois and has the highest, AV© rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Mollica is licensed to practice in the states of Illinois and New York.


Practice areas


  1. Employee Benefits: 25%
  2. Class Action: 25%
  3. Appeals: 25%
  4. Employment & Labor: 25%

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    Paul is known as - and in fact is - one of the best attorneys in the business. While his former employee (and at that time also a brand-new attorney), his loyalty to preserving the Law's integrity inspired. Today, as both a fellow NELA/IL member and attorney in the very small circle of Plaintiff's Employment Law/Civil Rights litigators, his fiery commitment to the quality practice of law continues to impress for it moves us all beyond our professional limitations. His intellect is fastidious and incisive; his legal sharpness rarely matched. Through scrupulous (de)construction of the law's past, present, and future states (including the known, the unknown, and the somewhere-in-between), he masterfully heeds to the law's boundaries while he kneads and cultivates its landscape. It is here where the powerful significance of his legal contribution rises.


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Outten & Golden, LLP

161 N. Clark Street, Suite 4700
Chicago, IL, 60601


NYCurrently registered 201103/13/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198611/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Award of ExcellenceIllinois Public Defenders Association2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Executive Comm.Member2009 - 2010
ABA College of Labor & Employment LawMember2008 - Present
Chicago AppleseedMember2006 - Present
National Employment Lawyers Association, Legislative Comm.Member2003 - 2005
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Task Force, Draft Civil Jury InstructionsN/A2002 - 2002
Chicago Council of Lawyers, Judicial Evaluation Comm.Chair2002 - 2002
Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under LawBoard of Governors2001 - 2010
National Employment Lawyers Association, Seventh Circuit representative, Amicus Advisory Comm.Member2000 - Present
U.S. District Court Merit Selection Panel (N.D. Ill.)Member1999 - 2001
Chicago Council of LawyersPresident1999 - 2001
Chicago Council of LawyersBoard of Governors1996 - 2001
Chicago Council of Lawyers, , Federal Courts Comm.Chair1995 - 1999
Chicago Council of LawyersPast PresidentN/A
American Law InstituteMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
BNAEmployment Discrimination Law, 4th Ed., Executive Editor2007
BNA Employments Discrimination Report at 45More Federal Circuit Splits in the EEO Field2006
BNA Employment Discrimination Report at 431Reviewing Title VII Jury Trials Under McDonnell Douglas and Desert Palace2005
BNA's Employment Discrimination Report at 45So You Want to Go to the Supreme Court?2004
BNA's Employment Dicrimination Report at 525Mixed-Motive Cases Revisited: Impact of Desert Palace v. Costa2004
BNA Age Discrimination in Employment LawLindemann and Kadue, Attorneys' Fees chapter2003
BNASchei and Grossman, "Employment Discrmination Law, 3rd Ed., Second Supp., Associate Editor2000
84 Marquette L. Rev. 139Federal Summary Judgment at High Tide2000
34 DePaul L. Rev. 515The Eleventh Amendment's Lengthening Shadow over Federal Subject matter Jurisdiction: Pennhurst State School and Hospital v. Halderman1984
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of ChicagoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The EEOC's National Enforcement Priorities: What's Ahead in 2014?, Live WebinarDisabilities: EEOC Officials, Attorneys Discuss Priorities Under Agency's Strategic Enforcement Plan2014
Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Midwinter MeetingWhat Do They Know, Anyway? Judicial Deference to Administrative Agency Briefs, Interpretations and Opinions2013
2013 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute7th Circuit Case Update2013
2013 Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteMerely Pretext? Proof and Defense of a Discrimination Claim2013
Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law ConferenceEEO Update2012
National Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceProving Causation Under Title VII2012
National Employment Lawers Association-IllinoisSeventh Circuit Update2012
Bridgeport CLEUse of Experts in Wage & Hour Litigation2012
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionAnatomy of an Appellate Argument2012
ABA Annual MeetingDevelopments in Arbitration2012