My biggest hobby is music. I’ve played the guitar since I was 13, and I also play the piano and sing. In addition to attending many live music shows, I occasionally perform at open-mic nights. My musical tastes are fairly wide-ranging, but I especially enjoy the indie acoustic genre.
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, J.D./D.C.L., May 2018
The University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., Major: Child and Family Studies, summa cum laude, May 2013
I love the “people” aspect of practicing law and thrive on making connections, building relationships, and working as a team to get the best outcome possible. One of my favorite ways to assist our clients is by doing outstanding research and analysis and producing written products that help move the case in their favor.
In her litigation-centered practice, Molly J. Gunnels serves employers facing claims of discrimination based on factors such as sex, age, race, religion, and disability. Molly has taken part in several jury trials and gained valuable experience in essential litigation procedures, including taking depositions and arguing summary judgment. She also brings significant experience in handling wage-and-hour claims filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and entitlement, and various discrimination claims.
Molly’s excellent communication skills and calm, steady demeanor help reassure clients, put witnesses at ease, and diffuse contentious interactions in litigation procedures. An active listener, she asks open-ended questions that tend to uncover both big-picture pieces of information and granular nuances that can be used to her clients’ advantage.
Because client companies must comply with a wide range of ever-changing laws and rules, Molly places a premium on staying updated on judicial decisions and regulatory developments that could affect those she represents. She thoroughly enjoys delving into case law and examining how it plays out over different judicial circuits, and then producing effective, persuasive motions and memoranda.
After graduation, she served as a federal clerk for Judge Elizabeth Erny Foote in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Shreveport Division.