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Molly Craig is a partner at the Hood Law Firm, LLC. She focuses on trial practice in civil litigation and the defense of catastrophic product liability, professional liability, pharmaceutical and medical device, nursing home litigation, and employment litigation matters throughout the United States.

Molly has an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, South Carolina Super Lawyers, International Who’s Who, Benchmark’s Top Women in Litigation, and ALM’s Women Leaders in Law.

Molly is actively involved in various professional and civic organizations. She is a Past President of the International Association of Defense Counsel, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the President-Elect of the Charleston Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a former member of the Board of Directors for the Defense Research Institute (DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar), a former member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers for Civil Justice, a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, and the National Coordinator for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s project iCivics. Molly is a Past President of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1994
  • B.A., University of the South, 1991

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • President 2013-2014
    • Dean of Corporate Counsel College, 2017
    • Board of Directors, 2009–Present
    • Foundation Board, 2007–2009
    • Faculty Member at Civil Trial Advocacy School at Stanford University, 2007
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • President-Elect 2018-2019
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Board of Directors, 2012 – 2015
    • Steering Committee for Women in Law
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice
    • Board of Directors, 2012 – 2015
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
    • President 2011 – 2012
    • Executive Committee, 2008 – 2013
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
    • Executive Council, 2007–2011
    • Chair of Diversity Committee and Meeting Marketing Committee
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Network of Trial Law Firms
  • Senior Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice
    • Program Chair, May 2018
  • National Center for State Courts
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Widows and Orphans Society of the Charleston Medical Society

HONORS

  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, 2019
  • Who’s Who Legal, Product Liability Defence 2016 – 2018
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigations/Class Actions – Defendants in Charleston, SC, 2016
  • Charleston, SC Best Lawyers Products Liability Defense Lawyer of the Year, 2015-2016
  • Chambers USA, 2013 – 2018
  • Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2013 – 2017
  • 2015 Women Leaders in the Law
  • Recipient of Exceptional Performance Citation from Defense Research Institute, 2012
  • Recipient of the 2011 Gold Compleat Lawyer Award
  • Appointed National Coordinator of iCivics by U.S. Supreme Court (Ret.) Justice Sandra Day O’Connor,
    Georgetown Law School, 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America 2008 – 2019
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2010 – 2018
  • Best Lawyers, Women in the Law, 2016 – 2018
  • 2012 – 2014 Top 25 in South Carolina
  • Appointed South Carolina Coordinator of iCivics by U.S. Supreme Court (Ret.) Justice Sandra Day
    O’Connor, 2009
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell

PRESENTATIONS

  • Moderator of Corporate Counsel Panel
    • Lawyers for Civil Justice, May 2018
  • Moderator of Corporate Counsel Panel
    • International Association of Defense Counsel, April 2017
  • Trial Masters Program
    • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, February 2016
  • “Women Making History” – James Otis Lecture Series sponsored by ABOTA at the State House, Columbia, South Carolina – September 18, 2015
  • Trial Academy at Stanford University, August 2015
  • Work Life Balance – IADC Trial Academy
    • Stanford University – July 2015
  • Duffy Project – Building your Client Base, Work Life Balance and Civility
    • Young Lawyers of the Federal Bar Association – May 2015
  • Client Expectations – When Your Client Expects Everything
    • Joint Law Firm Management Conference – May 2015
    • Federation of Corporate Counsel and International Association of Defense Counsel
  • The Ebola Scare: Lessons Learned for All Employers
    • IADC Corporate Counsel College – April 2015
  • Confronting the Reptile Trial Strategy
    • Mag Mutual Defense Counsel Meeting – September 2014
  • Panel Comparing the Key Characteristics of the American Civil Justice System and those of Other Countries
    • LCJ Meeting in New York City – December 2013
  • Panel Discussion on Work/Life Balance
    • USC School of Law – November 2012
  • Taming the Reptile
    • Mag Mutual Defense Counsel Meeting – September 2012
  • Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses
    • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association – June 2012
  • Closing Arguments
    • International Association of Defense Counsel – May 2012
  • Masters in Trial: A Trial Demonstration
    • American Board of Trial Advocates – February 2012
  • Deposing the Adverse Expert Witness
    • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys – October 2011
  • The Pros and Cons of Comparative Negligence
    • North Carolina Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting – June 2010
  • Evidence Presentation – Practical Considerations for Admitting, and Excluding, Expert Opinions under SCRE 702
    • South Carolina Bar Association – February 2009
  • Expert Witnesses: Gate Jumping by the Trial Lawyer in Defending and Challenging Expert Witness Testimony
    • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Annual Meeting – June 2008
  • The Admissibility of Expert Witness Testimony
    • Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?
    • South Carolina Judicial Conference, May 2008
  • Evidence Presentation
    • Should Trial Lawyers Challenge the Admissibility of Scientific Expert Opinion in State Court?
    • South Carolina Bar Association – February 2008
  • Making an Effective Daubert Challenge in Federal Court
    • International Association of Defense Counsel Midyear Meeting, February 2008
  • The Effects of Tort Reform on Medical Malpractice Cases
    • South Carolina Bar Association Annual Meeting, January 2006
  • Expert Witnesses in Catastrophic Injury Cases
    • The Network of Trial Law Firms, 2003
  • Can Long Term Care Facilities Protect Themselves from Litigation?
    • Alzheimer’s Conference for the Medical University of South Carolina, May 2002
  • The Role of Expert Witnesses in Medical Malpractice Litigation
    • South Carolina Bar Association, 2002
  • The Americans with Disability Act: A View From the Defense
    • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association Joint Meeting, July 1999
  • The Road to the United States Supreme Court: Ferguson v. Medical University of South Carolina, et al.
    • The Network of Trial Law Firms, 1999
PRACTICE AREAS
  • Drug and Medical Device Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Healthcare Litigation
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
COURT ADMISSIONS
  • State Bar of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States