Molly E. Briles

Associate

Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Molly Briles is an associate with the firm who focuses her practice on Family Law, Civil and Domestic Relations Mediation, General Civil Litigation, and Appellate Advocacy.

Because every family has distinct needs that are not always best served through litigation, Molly is passionate about finding individualized solutions for families outside of the court system whenever possible through peaceful negotiation and mediation. In those rare instances where settlement is not possible, however, Molly ensures that her clients are thoroughly informed about their rights and will advocate vigorously on their behalf.

In addition to her litigation practice, Molly also acts a court-appointed neutral in a number of capacities. Molly has a growing mediation practice where she helps parties craft their own agreements rather than go before a judge. Molly serves as a Guardian Ad Litem representing the voices and best interests of children in family law matters. Molly has also completed Parenting Coordination training to enable her to assist high-conflict parents with everyday parenting issues as they arise without the need for continued protracted litigation that ultimately harms not the parties but their children.

Molly is the former Chair of the Evansville Bar Association’s Family Law Section and a member of the EBA’s Access to Justice Committee. She is also active on the Board of Directors for the Parenting Time Center, for which she is a past President. Molly was humbled to receive the 2017 Susan K. Helfrich Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the Evansville Bar Association for her efforts in organizing and implementing a local pro bono attorney referral program aimed at providing victims of domestic violence with representation during protective order hearings. Molly also regularly represents parties referred to her via the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, Inc.

Molly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Political Science magna cum laude from the University of Southern Indiana in 2007. While at USI, Molly was a member of the Student Ambassador Organization, the Pre-Law Club, and the USI Varsity Track & Field team. She was also the 2006 Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field high jump champion. Upon graduating from USI, Molly worked for the Indiana Department of Child Services for two years to reunify abused and neglected children with their parents when possible and finding permanency for them in other households when it was not.

Molly earned her law degree in 2012 from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude, served as the Executive Notes Editor for the Indiana Law Review and legal writing tutor for the Dean’s Tutorial Society, and earned the Norman Lefstein Award of Excellence for completing more than 200 pro bono hours during her law school career. Molly also participated in the Civil Practice Clinic, a live-client clinic through which she was able to represent clients in various family law matters. Molly worked part-time as a legal intern for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

After law school, Molly clerked for the Honorable John G. Baker, former Chief Judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals, before joining ZSWS.

 

Professional Associations

  • Evansville Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana
  • Southern District of Indiana
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Community Involvement

  • Protective Order Pro Bono Project Organizer, Evansville Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, The Parenting Time Center (Past President, 2016)
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Association
  • University of Southern Indiana Alumni Association
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Child Advocates, Inc. (2010-2013)
  • Protective Order Pro Bono Project Volunteer, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2011-2012)
  • 2017 Recipient of the Susan K. Helfrich Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service