Molly M. White Partner

Molly is a former Securities and Exchange Commission prosecutor, who brings her seasoned trial and trial preparation skills to a range of clients in complex commercial litigation and government, regulatory and criminal investigation matters.

Molly is co-chair of both the Fintech Practice Group and the Securities Enforcement and Litigation Group.

In her government role, Molly prosecuted cases in all areas of federal securities enforcement, including accounting fraud, offering fraud, options backdating and market-timing. She also conducted investigations of securities laws violations, including complex financial fraud and insider trading. During her tenure at the SEC her legal skill and acumen were recognized by her receipt of the Director’s and Chairman’s Awards for Excellence. 

In private practice, she has represented investment companies, broker-dealers, and individuals in investigations conducted by various regulators, including the SEC, FINRA, and the California Department of Business Oversight.  Molly also has substantial experience conducting internal investigations for corporations. 

In addition to her government regulatory and investigation practice, Molly represents business clients in a range of different types of commercial litigation. She has tried to verdict several large cases, including misappropriation of likeness, breach of contract, antitrust, and securities fraud cases.

Molly served as a law clerk to Stephen Trott on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Civil Litigation

Member of trial team that defended a large retail chain in a jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, in which a model alleged misappropriation of his likeness.

Lead trial counsel in four-week bench trial in the Southern District of Florida against eight registered representatives charged with making false representations and selling unsuitable securities in connection with their sales of collateral mortgage obligation derivatives to retail brokerage customers.

Lead trial counsel in bench trial in the Southern District of California against subprime lender charged with securities fraud.


Represented broker-dealer in SEC investigation concerning the disclosure of financial adviser compensation.

Represented issuer of securities in securities fraud investigation by SEC.

Represented prominent, early Bitcoin adopter in settlement with SEC.

Represented numerous executives in SEC investigations concerning potential insider trading and/or securities fraud.


Conducted internal investigation of financial institution concerning potential AML issues.

Conducted internal investigation concerning potential sales practice issues.

Conducted internal investigation concerning potential churning and suitability issues involving financial advisers.

  • Loyola Law School Los Angeles, JD, cum laude,Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, 1993
  • Georgetown University, BSFS, International Politics, 1987

Member, National Association of Federal Equity Receivers

Executive Committee, Red Mass for the Saint Thomas More Society

Member, American Bar Association

Member, California State Bar, Litigation Section

Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Member, Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

Member, Women’s White Collar Defense Association

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Named to "Southern California Super Lawyers," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2018-2021

Director’s Award, Securities and Exchange Commission, 2008

Chairman’s Award for Excellence, Securities and Exchange Commission, Senior Initiatives Team, 2007

Lawyer of the Year, Constitutional Rights Foundation, 1997

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