Two Renaissance Square

40 North Central Avenue
Suite 2700
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Phone: 602-263-1700
Fax: 602-651-7599

Location Information


Michele Molinario
Partner


mmolinario@jshfirm.com
TEL: 602-263-1746
FAX: 602-200-7831

Education

Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, 2011

Arizona State University College of Law
J.D., 2000
Honors with Distinction for Legal Research and Writing

Arizona State University
University Honors College
B.S., 1996


Bar Admissions

Arizona, 2000
U.S. District Court,
District of Arizona, 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals,
Ninth Circuit, 2000


Michele Molinario


Ms. Molinario joined Jones, Skelton & Hochuli in 2008, and has been a Partner since 2013. As a trial attorney since 2000, she has tried state and federal jury and bench trials and administrative law hearings.  Ms. Molinario concentrates her civil litigation practice on governmental entity defense with an emphasis on civil rights matters. She has defended public entities/municipalities and private prisons in Section 1983 claims that include police-related non-lethal and lethal force incidents, SWAT raid/breaching tactics, failure to protect incidents, failure to render medical care, and various search and seizure incidents. 

Ms. Molinario has also successfully prosecuted and defended EEOC investigations, wage disputes, FMLA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA and wrongful  termination cases. She has also represented employers and employees before Merit System Boards, AZ POST, fingerprint boards and other licensing boards in cases involving due process and disciplinary matters. She has also successfully defended personal injury cases, wrongful death actions, negligent hiring, training and supervision cases.  

Before Ms. Molinario received her law degree in 2000 from Arizona State University, she spent 14 years as a civilian with Tempe Police Department in the Narcotics and Special Enforcement Unit.


Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Public Risk Management Association (Arizona Chapter; Member, 2011 to present)
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • USLAW Network, Member

Civic/Community Associations

  • LawForKids.org (Volunteer)
  • Judge for First Round Oplinger Closing Argument Competition at Arizona State University, 2011

Presentations & Publications

  • “Curve Ahead! How to Minimize Risk and Defend a Road Design Lawsuit,” Co - Presenter, 2017 Roads and Streets Conference, April 2017
  • “Take Two Aspirin and Call Your HR Director in the Morning! Managing FMLA Leave” Co-Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool Webinar, November 2016
  • "Anatomy Of A Lawsuit" Co-Presenter, 2016 PRIMA Summer Education Series, July 2016
  • "An Investigative Piece on Clawback Agreements," Co-Author, JSH Reporter, Page 20, Summer 2016
  • 'You're Fired!' or 'Staying Hired?': The New Peace Officers Bill of Rights," Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool 19th Annual Public Practice Legal Seminar, May 2016
  • “What’s new under the sun? Hot Topics Regarding Notice of Claim,” Presenter, Webinar for Arizona School Risk Retention Trust Community College Risk Management Summit Members, January 2016
  • "'You're Fired!' or 'Staying Hired?': The New Peace Officers Bill of Rights," Co-Presenter, Current Issues in Governmental Liability Seminar, November 2015
  • “Work Comp and General Liability Claims Issues,” Co-Presenter, 2015 PRIMA Summer Education Series, July 2015
  • "An Investigating Piece on Clawback Agreements," Co-Author, Facts & Findings, July 2015
  • “Don't Let the Jail House Rock: A Look at Recent Legal Trends to Balance Civil Rights and Order," Co-Presenter, 2015 Arizona Jails Association Annual Conference, May 2015
  • "Understanding the Police Disciplinary Process," Presenter, West Valley Cities, March 2015
  • “Background Checks: Helping Employers Navigate the Battle Between Negligent Hiring and Discriminatory Hiring Practices,” Presenter, 2014 PRIMA Summer Education Series, July 2014
  • "Background Checks - Helping Employers Navigate The Battle Between Negligent Hiring And Discriminatory Hiring Practices," Co-Author, JSH Reporter, Summer 2014
  • “Social Media in Litigation: Friend or Foe,” Presenter, PRIMA 2014 Annual Conference, June 2014
  • "Understanding The Police Investigation and Disciplinary Process," Co-Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool HR Summit, June 2014
  • "What Every Detention Officer Should Know About The Constitution," Presenter, Arizona Detention Association's 2014 Arizona Jails Annual Conference, May 2014
  • "Managing Employment Risk," Presenter, JSH Seminar, October 2013
  • "Defending Police Liability Claims," Presenter, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, 2013
  • "Good Cop/Bad Cop: Defining the How and When an Officer Should be Terminated," Presenter, Arizona Public Risk Management Association's Summer Educational Series, Flagstaff, September 2013
  • "1983 Claims: Judgment Call or Judgment Day?" Co-Presenter, Arizona Public Risk Association's Summer Educational Series, Flagstaff, September 2013
  • “Understanding the Police Investigation and Disciplinary Process,” Presenter, National Business Institute, Handling the Police Liability Claim, May 22, 2013
  • “Defending a Police Liability Claim,” Presenter, National Business Institute, Handling the Police Liability Claim, May 22, 2013
  • “1983 Claims: Judgment Call or Judgment Day,” Co-Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool's Sixteenth Annual Public Practice Legal Seminar, Prescott, May 2013
  • "Handling Personnel Appeals Board Cases," Co-Presenter Arizona Counties Insurance Pool's Sixteenth Annual Public Practice Legal Seminar, Prescott, May 2013
  • "Background Checks - Helping Employers Navigate the Battle Between Negligent Hiring and Discriminatory Hiring Practices,"Co-Author, Public Risk Magazine published by Public Risk Management Association, Nov/Dec 2012
  • “Excessive Force: Judgment Call or Judgment Day,” Co-Presenter, JSH Current Issues in Government Liability Seminar, November 2012
  • "Background Checks - Helping Employers Navigate the Battle Between Negligent Hiring and Discriminatory Hiring Practices", Co-Author, USLAW Magazine, October 2012
  • "Judge's Panel - A View from the Bench: Trends in the Courtroom During an Economic Downturn," Moderator, Arizona Public Risk Management Association's 5th Annual Summer Educational Series, August 2012
  • "The New A.R.S. § 38-1104: A Shift Away from a Deferential Review of Police Officer Terminations (Effective July 20, 2011),"Co- Author, JS&H Reporter, Summer 2011
  • "Employers Beware: Retaliation Claims are on the Rise," Presenter, PRIMA Conference, August 2011
  • "Employment Law Issues," Presenter, City of Chandler Employment Liability Seminar, July 2011
  • "Res Judicata: When Does it Preclude a Public Employee From Suing a Public Employer?" Author, JS&H Reporter, Winter 2011
  • "Caregiver Responsibilities: And Employer's Responsibility to the Caregiver," Author, USLAW Magazine, Fall/Winter 2009