Molly Hamilton Cawley, principal of MHC Law, LLC, has been advising clients and litigating cases — representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts — for more than 13 years. She began her practice as a judicial law clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals, where she developed a strong interest in appellate work and honed her legal writing skills. Since clerking, Molly has been a business litigator whose practice is marked by a depth and breadth in many areas of the law, including contract matters, employment law, fraud and business torts, shareholder/partner/member disputes, and insurance law and ERISA.
She has been honored as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics from 2007 to 2016, and has been a South Carolina "Rising Star” since 2017. In 2011, Molly was named an “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer for her work representing 136 plaintiffs in a fraudulent investment case that uncovered one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Minnesota history.
Molly has a multi-jurisdictional practice — she is licensed in South Carolina, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, and admitted in the following federal courts: District of South Carolina, District of Minnesota, Southern and Northern Districts of Iowa, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and District of Nebraska. While MHC Law is based in South Carolina, Molly continues to practice in these jurisdictions and enjoys the opportunity to advise and co-counsel with attorneys in other states.
Molly’s South Carolina practice is focused on employment litigation; business litigation; life, health and disability insurance and ERISA litigation; and appeals. She is a member of the South Carolina CLE Committee, the South Carolina Trial and Appellate Advocacy Committee, the Federal Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Charleston County Bar Association, South Carolina Women Lawyers, and Charleston County Lawyers Club.
Clients appreciate Molly’s motto that “she takes her work seriously, but doesn't take herself seriously.” In that regard, she is known for her self-deprecating sense of humor and frequent laughter. In her free time, Molly enjoys Charleston’s sunshine, food, and charm with her husband, son, and two dogs, Dingo and Lily (rescue dogs are the best!).
Casey Martens, a partner at MHC Law, brings a unique mix of interests and experience in public service and small-business restaurant management to her employment law practice at MHC.
Among the highlights are her work with the South Carolina ACLU on prison reform; the League of Women Voters Voting Rights Act presentations and voter registration to South Carolina high schools; and the Young Lawyers Association’s initiative for educating students about the intersection and impact of social media, technology and the law. For these and her other efforts, Casey was awarded the “William Bennet Regan Award for Outstanding Public Service” by the Charleston School of Law.
Experience has its advantages. With a decade of small-business restaurant management to draw on, Casey recognizes the realities and challenges that employers and employees face in small business settings. Her tenure in the food, beverage and hospitality industries gives her a uniquely informed view of how to best structure and implement preventative measures such as policies, procedures, and employee manuals. Casey is adept at how to approach social issues like sexual harassment and racial discrimination, as well as financial issues like non-payment of wages and overtime.
Casey served both as an intern and a paralegal in a wide variety of legal areas — from product liability to probate — from the SC Department of Health and Environment to the US District Court for the District of South Carolina — before joining MHC Law.
Casey is licensed in South Carolina and focuses her practice on employment consultation and litigation, and estate planning. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, Charleston County Bar Association, the Charleston County Lawyers Club, and the Charleston School of Law Forensic Society.
While Casey's favorite thing is a good laugh, she understands the seriousness of the broad range of issues facing employers and employees and works diligently to find the best outcome for her clients. When she’s not trying to figure out something simple and amazing to cook, chances are you'll find her soaking in the sun and salt air with her husband Jeff, daughters Delaney and Carter, and her first family — two old-but-young-at-heart dogs, Frankie and Lyle.