Molly Armour

20 October

Molly Armour

Molly Armour is a criminal defense attorney in Chicago, with an extensive practice in federal and state court.   Molly is known as a tenacious advocate for her clients who fights tirelessly to win the best outcome.

As a member of the Federal Defender Program’s Criminal Justice Act panel, she regularly represents individuals in federal district court and has argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.   In addition to her federal practice, Molly also defends clients in state court in a wide range of cases — from traffic to terrorism.   She has experience navigating the unique difficulties of high profile cases.   Outside of the courtroom, Molly helps clients through expungement, driver’s license reinstatement, and school discipline proceedings.

Molly is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where she teaches in the Prosecution and Defense Clinic.  She has also taught criminal procedure at DePaul University College of Law.   Molly is a member of the Seventh Circuit’s Electronic Discovery Pilot Program Committee (Criminal Subcommittee), and is adept at managing the intricacies of complex electronic discovery.

Prior to opening her practice, Molly clerked for the Honorable M. Teresa Sarmina of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   She graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief for Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review.  Molly is a proud member of the National Lawyers Guild, a human rights bar association dedicated to using law as an instrument for social change.

In her spare time, Molly provides legal support for those advocating for social justice.  She is an avid gardener.   Most of all, Molly loves fighting for her clients.


For the second year in a row, Molly is a 2017 Super Lawyers’ Rising Star in the practice area of criminal defense.   Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers  who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Molly is also a 2016 Leading Lawyers’ Emerging Lawyer in the practice area of criminal defense.   Fewer than two percent of Illinois lawyers earn the distinction of being an Emerging Lawyer.  Molly was previously recognized as an Emerging Lawyer in 2015.

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