Molly Mauck - Romano Law

Molly Mauck

Associate Attorney

Molly Mauck Romano Law PLLC

Admitted

New York State Bar (2017)

California State Bar (2022)

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2020)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2020)

Law School

New York Law School, J.D., cum laude

New York Law School Law Review, Junior Editor

New York Law School Moot Court Association, Competitor

Order of the Barristers

University

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, B.S.

Awards

Others

Clerkship:

Hon. Joel H. Slomsky, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

As an associate attorney at Romano Law, Molly focuses her practice on civil litigation and disputes, including matters related to contracts, partnership disputes, defamation, and employment law.  Molly has also taken an interest in blockchain-related matters, including cryptocurrency and NFT projects.

With experience both as a litigator and a former federal law clerk, Molly represents and provides counsel to clients and individuals across multiple industries.

Prior to joining Romano Law, Molly spent three years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where she was the lead litigator on hundreds of cases. Molly investigated and prosecuted crimes in New York County vertically, from arrest to indictment, through to eventual disposition, whether by plea negotiation or at trial.

Molly is a graduate of New York Law School, where she was a member of the Impact Center for Public Interest, Center for International Law, and Center for Business and Financial Law.  During law school, Molly interned in the Summer Honors Program at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and was a Corporate Legal Extern at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Molly spent her final year of law school as an advocate in the Civil Rights Clinic, where she worked on an employment discrimination mediation, drafted briefs to the Fifth Circuit on voting rights, and an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on the benefits of diversity and race-conscious admissions programs.

Outside of the law, Molly enjoys singing along to music of most genres, photography, and traveling. Molly loves reading for pleasure, spending time in the sun, overindulging her sweet tooth, and is a Greek mythology enthusiast. Molly hails from the Heartland, and was born and raised in Illinois.

Blog Entries

  • How do the COVID-19 New York Executive Orders Impact Civil Statutes of Limitations?

    Updated: 2021 April 26 In New York, as in most states, a lawsuit must be filed within a specific time frame.  The laws that govern those time frames are statutes of limitation. For example, in New York, a defamation claim must be filed within one year of the publication or communication of the defamatory statement.  The COVID-19

  • When Can an Online Review Constitute Defamation?

    If you want to buy a product or service, you probably look at online reviews before making a decision.  Online reviews often play an important role in building a good reputation.  Businesses with bad online reviews take it very seriously knowing that it could be detrimental to its sales.  When a business feels a review

  • The Deal to Legalize Marijuana in New York

    The Deal to Legalize Marijuana in New York New York State has reached a deal to legalize marijuana.  This was the third attempt at legalization as nearly 60 percent of New Yorkers favor legalization of recreational marijuana.   Previous deals had failed due to decision-makers’ inability to agree on how to spend marijuana-related tax revenues and

  • How Will New York’s Legalization of Recreational Cannabis Use Impact the Workplace?

    In March 2021, New York enacted the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) legalizing recreational cannabis use for adults.  The law provides, among other things, that persons 21 years old or older can lawfully possess and use up to three (3) ounces of cannabis and up to twenty-four (24) grams of concentrated cannabis.  MRTA also

  • EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidelines

    Since the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, there have been questions and concerns regarding possible vaccination requirements in the workplace.  In response to these issues, on May 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 guidelines for employers.  However, as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local public health

  • Are You an At-Will Employee?

    Employment in most states is generally presumed to be “at-will.”  That means a private-sector employer can terminate an employee for any reason at any given time, absent an employment agreement to the contrary.  An employee is also free to quit a job for any reason without notice.  While this is the general rule, there are

  • Cheerleader Secures a V-I-C-T-O-R-Y in SCOTUS Student Speech Ruling

    “America’s public schools are the nurseries of democracy. Our representative democracy only works if we protect the ‘marketplace of ideas.’ ”  – Justice Stephen Breyer, writing for the majority of the Supreme Court of the United States The everyday life of a public school student has drastically changed since 1969, when the U.S. Supreme Court

  • Guide to All Things NIL: Mississippi

    Thanks to a recent NCAA interim policy change and a new law, student-athletes in Mississippi can now be paid for use of their name, image, and likeness (NIL).  This opens up new opportunities for students involved in collegiate sports to earn money. What does the law say? On April 16, 2021, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves

  • A Guide to All Things NIL: Texas

    Thanks to a recent NCAA interim policy change and a new state law, student-athletes in Texas can now be paid for use of their name, image, and likeness (NIL).  This opens up new opportunities for students involved in collegiate sports to earn money. What is the state law? On July 1, 2021, SB1385 became effective allowing student-athletes

  • A Guide to all Things NIL: New Mexico

    Thanks to a recent NCAA interim policy change and a new state law, student-athletes in New Mexico can now be paid for use of their name, image, and likeness (NIL).  Student-athletes are now able to earn money and monetize themselves in ways never before seen. What is the state law? On April 7, 2021, the

  • What Happens if a Defendant Does Not Pay a Judgment?

    Following a trial or specific motions, the court will often render a judgment.  This is a court order that is a decision in the lawsuit.  In the event the plaintiff prevails in the case, it specifies how much money to which they are entitled from the defendant.  However, because the court cannot collect a money

  • New York’s Updated Anti-SLAPP Statute Packs a Punch

    In November 2020, New York expanded its free speech protections through a new anti-SLAPP law.  The statute seeks to deter targeted lawsuits against parties who speak out on an issue of public interest when the purpose of the suit is to discourage individuals from exercising their First Amendment rights.  Both sides should pay careful attention

  • What Do Sports Agents Owe Their Clients? How the Contract History of New York Knicks’ Nerlens Noel Might Change NBA Agent Dynamics

    National Basketball Association (“NBA”) player Nerlens Noel’s (“Noel”) lawsuit against high-powered sports agent Rich Paul (“Paul”)—who reps LeBron James and other NBA All-Stars—has shone a spotlight on the player-agent relationship.  The lawsuit raised the question: what do agents owe their clients?  No matter its outcome, the case could have long-lasting impacts on the player-agent landscape.

  • Hollywood’s Tangled Web: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit and Actor Payout in the Age of Streaming

    Updated: October 1, 2021 The coronavirus pandemic completely upended the movie and entertainment business.  Film shoots were scrubbed, theaters closed, release schedules were overhauled and the industry’s long-running shift towards streaming content was forced into overdrive.  That shift to streaming has since caused a major disruption in studio relationships to filmmakers and movie stars.  Several

  • Nannies Must be Paid Overtime

    If you employ a nanny, you have obligations under federal, state, and local employment laws.  That includes paying your nanny overtime as well as complying with workers’ compensation insurance, paid time off and other rules.  Failing to abide by these laws can result in a significant liability. Why Are Nannies Owed Overtime? Under federal, state,

  • Special Delivery – New York’s New Protections for Food Delivery Workers

    Delivery drivers and bikers have been a modern fixture of New York for at least the last several years.  Particularly after demand for food delivery spiked during the COVID-19 lockdown and has remained high, food delivery workers are an ever-present institution of the city, zipping around the streets on electric bikes with insulated bags, frequently

  • Can Marvel Comics Writers and Artists Get Back Their Copyright from Disney?

    Long before the successful movie franchise, writers and artists created a host of characters for Marvel Comics.  While they gave their copyright to Marvel decades ago, under U.S. copyright law, they may have the chance to terminate the transfer of copyright now.  That would give them the ability to negotiate a share in the substantial

  • Understanding New York Civil Rights Law §50-a

    Updated: October 18, 2021 Advocacy groups have long clamored for the repeal of New York Civil Rights Law §50-a, otherwise known as the Police Secrecy Law.  Organizations such as the Legal Aid Society and Communities United for Police Reform pushed for the repeal of §50-a in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, arguing that police

  • ‘Get Back’ – Broadening New York’s Retaliation Law

    How does New York State Define Retaliation in the Workplace? Workplace retaliation generally occurs when an employer punishes their employee for reporting a violation of labor law or other unsafe conduct, either to a supervisor or to a relevant government agency.  As the New York State Department of Labor describes on its website, retaliation can

  • Third Party Sexual Harassment

    Are Employers Liable for Third-Party Sexual Harassment? Sexual harassment has gotten significant attention in recent years.  Despite this, it can persist in workplaces because it can be difficult to recognize or prove.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is illegal under federal, state and some local laws.  Generally, it is defined as

  • Freshly Brewed: Starbucks Employees Put A “Latte” Effort Into Unionization

    For almost a century, labor unions have provided employees a vital mouthpiece to arrange fair employment terms for workers.  Currently, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) supervises the formation and enforcement of union rights.  Notably, the NLRB is overseeing the recent effort by Starbucks employees to unionize in Buffalo and Seattle.  Within the past few

  • Tarantino’s Venture into NFTs Halted by Pulp Fiction Production Company, Miramax, LLC

    “If my answers frighten you Vincent, then you should cease asking scary questions.” – Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction There is no avoiding the complicated questions that quickly follow an explosive new technology when the law is unsettled and the market is lucrative.  As Hollywood enters the NFT goldrush, content creators and distributors need to

  • The Sneaker Wars Come to an End: Takeaways from the Nike and Skechers Settlement

    The worth of the sneaker industry reached around $81 billion in 2021 and it continues to climb.  While gross profits across the industry are high, overhead and market competition is even higher.  This competitive market has naturally fostered tension and even litigation as the endless drive to produce new sneaker designs continues.  After a five-year

  • How to Voluntarily Dissolve a Business in New York

    Have you decided to close your business (without selling it)?  Maybe you are looking to retire, try something new, your company is struggling, or you and your co-owners have a conflict that cannot be resolved.  Regardless of why you want to cease operations, there are important steps you must take to properly dissolve your business.

  • Cardi B Wins Over $4 Million in Defamation Lawsuit

    Cardi B, also known as Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, was awarded over $4 million dollars in January 2022 after winning her defamation case against Tasha K, also known as Latasha Transrina Kebe.  This lawsuit arose from false allegations Tasha K made about the Grammy award-winning rapper in dozens of Tasha K’s YouTube videos.  This is an

  • Sarah Palin vs the New York Times: The Latest on Her Defamation Lawsuit

    Sarah Palin continues her fight against the New York Times, alleging defamation.  The case, originally filed in 2017, has been dismissed twice, but her legal team is appealing the latest dismissal.  Her chances of winning are slim under current case law because defamation is difficult to establish when the media writes about public figures.  The

  • Social Media Influencer Advertising

    Updated: May 17, 2022 In recent years,  companies have been using social media influencers to market their products  and the practice is certainly not going away.  In response to the growing trend, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recognized the need to shield consumers from falling for predatory marketing disguised as entertaining content.  The FTC created

  • Cannabis and Employment: What’s the Deal with Drug Testing?

    In March 2021, New York enacted the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”) legalizing recreational cannabis use for adults and amending New York Labor Law Section 201-D to protect employees who use cannabis.  The law states that cannabis used in accordance with New York State law is a legal consumable product and employers are prohibited

  • Remote Work Decisions Ahead for Employers

    As concerns about COVID-19 and variants have lessened, some companies are asking employees to return to work in the office.  In many cases companies are allowing hybrid work arrangements in which employees spend 2-3 days in the office and the rest of the week working remotely.  This is being fueled in part by the fact