Born and raised in Albuquerque, Molly graduated magna cum
laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2001. Molly is an
experienced trial lawyer and dedicated to client-centered representation. From
2001 to 2005, Molly worked in Washington, D.C., first in a judicial clerkship
and then joining the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, one
of the premier public defender offices in the country. Molly then returned to
New Mexico as an Assistant Public Defender in the Santa Fe office of the
Department of the Public Defender. While there, Molly represented hundreds of
clients in serious felony matters from arraignment through trial and
In 2007, Molly entered private practice, first at the Santa
Fe office of the Rothstein Law Firm, then Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Ives
& Duncan, P.A. in 2008. In 2012, she started her own small law firm, Garcia
Ives Nowara. In 2018, she returned to Freedman Boyd as a partner.
Molly brings to her cases extensive trial experience. Molly
represents those accused of violent crimes (including homicide, sex crimes, and
child abuse), white-collar crimes (including healthcare fraud, embezzlement,
and fraud), drug crimes, driving under the influence, weapons charges, domestic
violence, and criminal appeals.
Molly also specializes in representing professionals in
administrative hearings involving professional licensure (including medical
professionals) and security clearances. Molly has successfully defended clients
before the various licensing boards in New Mexico, including the New Mexico
Medical Board, Board of Nursing, and Board of Dental Health Care.
Molly has been selected by Super Lawyers magazine since 2012
as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of criminal defense. In 2015, 2016, and 2017,
Molly was named a “Top 25″ lawyer in New Mexico by Super Lawyers. Molly is also
a frequent presenter in New Mexico and around the country in Continuing Legal
Education conferences. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the University
of New Mexico School of Law since 2009. She has been named in Best Lawyers for
criminal defense beginning in 2016.
Since returning to FBH in May of 2018, Molly has had three
“not guilty” verdicts in criminal cases, including in a battery on a peace
officer case and in a high profile criminal sexual penetration case.