Law Offices of Hannah E. Sims, LL.M.
Oakland Certified Family Law Specialist

Molly Elizabeth Laughlin

Molly Elizabeth Laughlin

Associate Attorney since February 1, 2014
Oakland, California

Mary (Molly) Laughlin joined the Sims Family Law Group in 2014 as an associate attorney.

A poised and effective advocate for her clients in court, Molly has significant trial experience litigating issues involving child and spousal support, complex division of assets, business evaluations, reimbursement issues and domestic violence. Molly has achieved exceptional success in her child custody work and has successfully argued several move-away cases and overturned a child custody evaluation at trial. Molly has also successfully litigated contested parentage actions and several three-parent cases, in one instance, working as co-counsel with one of the state's preeminent attorneys in this developing field of law.

Molly brings a practical and compassionate approach to her work. As a natural problem solver, she excels at reaching creative solutions to complex legal issues. Molly is an excellent listener and communicator and is frequently able to settle her cases with thoughtful preparation and skilled negotiation.

Molly is an active member and program chair of the Earl Warren Inn of Court. She is also a member of the Alameda County Bar Association, Contra Costa County Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California. Molly also does pro bono work and volunteers with the Alameda County VLSC Clinic, assisting self-represented litigants in court. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Molly is an avid open-water swimmer.

In 2018, Molly was selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, which is comprised of attorneys who are age 40 or younger, in practice for ten years or less, and have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than 2.5% of attorneys in California are selected for this award.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Dissolution Of Marriage
  • Child And Spousal Support
  • Custody and Property Division

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2011


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Honors: San Mateo Family Law Self-Help Center, Intern
    • Honors: Wilkin and CALI awards, Family Law
  • UC Davis, Davis, California
    • B.A. - 2006
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Member
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Alameda County VLSC Clinic

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