Molly Henry


Molly Henry is an experienced civil litigator and appellate attorney. She co-leads the appellate practice group in Seattle.  She regularly represents vessel owners, operators, and their underwriters in all aspects of maritime law, including casualty response and investigations, vessel attachments and arrests, commercial disputes, marine related regulatory compliance such as environmental matters and admeasurement of vessels, personal injury claims, and cargo loss and damage claims.  She also represents ports and other marine service providers and contractors. 

In addition to her maritime practice, Molly also has significant experience representing banks, broker-dealers, and registered persons in litigation, arbitration, and regulatory investigations. She has successfully defended clients against allegations of fraud, negligence, unsuitability, selling away, and numerous lending related claims.

Molly has briefed and argued numerous appeals in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Washington State Courts of Appeal.  She has also filed briefing in the United States Supreme Court at the certiorari stage and as counsel for amicus.  She co-leads the appellate practice group in Seattle. Molly also serves as Assistant General Counsel to the firm.




  • Obtained vacatur of Rule B attachment of multiple containerships, including award of substantial costs to client.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of classification society against claims of breach of contract and negligence related to issuance of tonnage certificates.

Financial services

  • Obtained summary judgment on Consumer Protection Act and wrongful foreclosure clams on behalf of bank, affirmed in published appellate opinion.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against bank based on federal preemption, upheld by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully represented broker-dealer client in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration on claims related to variable life insurance policy.
  • Obtained a defense award in FINRA arbitration on significant “selling away” claims against firm.

Memberships & Awards


  • Maritime Law Association
  • Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
  • Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington


  • Washington Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, Civil Litigation Defense (2012-2018)

Resources & Ideas

Seminars & Speaking Engagements


  • WEBINAR REPLAY | Women Leaders in the Maritime Industry
    WEBINAR REPLAY | Women Leaders in the Maritime Industry
    June 11, 2021
  • VIDEO | COVID-19: Ports and Maritime
    VIDEO | COVID-19: Ports and Maritime
    March 13, 2020

Community Activities

Community Activities

  • King County Housing Justice Project, Volunteer
  • Seattle Tilth, Director (2009-2012)




Alaska State Courts

Washington State and Federal Courts

Oregon State and Federal Courts

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Outside The Office