Molly Blythe

Molly Blythe thrives on the meticulous aspects of the law — the types of things most defense attorneys hate.

With a background in political science and journalism, she enjoys working out the theories of a case — asking the tough questions and nailing down the who, what, when, where, and why. To put it simply, Molly loves putting in the effort that most attorneys don’t.

She’s studied the medical literature of conditions that mimic a child abuse “diagnosis.” She spends the time pouring over all the documents and the facts in order to better prepare the medical experts in a case. And she reads the latest child psychology studies to stay up-to-date understanding the reasons and motives behind accusations.

Molly Blythe

Molly Blythe thrives on the meticulous aspects of the law — the types of things most defense attorneys hate.

With a background in political science and journalism, she enjoys working out the theories of a case — asking the tough questions and nailing down the who, what, when, where, and why. To put it simply, Molly loves putting in the effort that most attorneys don’t.

She’s studied the medical literature of conditions that mimic a child abuse “diagnosis.” She spends the time pouring over all the documents and the facts in order to better prepare the medical experts in a case. And she reads the latest child psychology studies to stay up-to-date understanding the reasons and motives behind accusations.

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This firm is providing one of the pillars that makes our system of law a thing to be admired. Without the promise of a vigorous defense, half of the system is left to wither away and become corrupt. Each of us is, of course, able to form our own opinions of individual cases, but no one can question the absolute essential nature of the attorneys at Smith Blythe.

~ Tim Mohre

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This firm is providing one of the pillars that makes our system of law a thing to be admired. Without the promise of a vigorous defense, half of the system is left to wither away and become corrupt. Each of us is, of course, able to form our own opinions of individual cases, but no one can question the absolute essential nature of the attorneys at Smith Blythe.

~ Tim Mohre

It’s a fairly niche practice area — not many attorneys have an understanding of the child psychology behind sexual abuse accusations or the medical literature pertaining to physical abuse. Nor do they have the time or the interest to study it.

But for Molly, burning the midnight oil is worth it when her client’s freedom is on the line.

She puts in the same time and effort when it comes to litigating complex legal issues and defending her clients’ constitutional rights. Simply put, when other attorneys consider an argument to be impossible to win, Molly digs in, develops the issue, and gets results. This skill is not something that can be taught. It is inherent.

For example, in 2017, Smith Blythe took a case in which a Michigan doctor was accused of performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on minor females as part of a religious rite. In the early 1990s, Congress enacted legislation criminalizing the practice, but no one had ever been prosecuted pursuant to the federal law. Molly came up with a legal strategy to attack the charges. When she told other lawyers about it, they said it would be “impossible” and a “waste of time.”

After months of diving into the legislative history and law concerning Congress’ power to enact such a law, Molly wrote a motion arguing that Congress overstepped the power of the states when it criminalized the practice.

She argued that the Constitution did not allow for this type of unlimited federal power, simply because lawmakers did not approve of the conduct at issue. And despite all the lawyers who told her it would be a waste of time, Molly was right.

The federal judge ruled in Smith Blythe’s favor, and the ban was found to be unconstitutional, leading to dismissal of all of the charges of female genital mutilation. Molly’s victory not only saved Smith Blythe’s client, but charges were dismissed for all eight co-defendants. This is only one example of Molly’s many accomplishments.

Molly spent hours upon hours with archival research and drafting and redrafting briefs. Seeing all her hard work come to fruition only reaffirmed Molly’s belief that the most important part of being a criminal defense attorney is to act as a check on an oftentimes overzealous system.

No matter whose rights are being threatened, Molly is determined to do everything she can to
make sure they’re protected.

And the best way for her to do that is through attention to detail and good old-fashioned hard work.

Before Smith Blythe, Molly worked for a general practice firm in Ohio, where she was first introduced to child abuse cases and sexual assault cases.

It was during her time with the firm in Ohio that Molly first met Shannon Smith. Their firms were partnering on a case, and the pair clicked immediately. Molly’s dedication to the writing and the research complemented Shannon’s power and charisma in the courtroom.

And Smith Blythe was born.

No matter whose rights are being threatened, Molly is determined to do everything she can to
make sure they’re protected.

And the best way for her to do that is through attention to detail and good old-fashioned hard work.

Before Smith Blythe, Molly worked for a general practice firm in Ohio, where she was first introduced to child abuse cases and sexual assault cases.

It was during her time with the firm in Ohio that Molly first met Shannon Smith. Their firms were partnering on a case, and the pair clicked immediately. Molly’s dedication to the writing and the research complemented Shannon’s power and charisma in the courtroom.

And Smith Blythe was born.

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Admitted to Practice:

  • Michigan State Bar Association (practicing also in the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court)
  • Practicing in many counties and courts throughout Michigan
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court – Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court – Northern District of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Colorado State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Education:

  • ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Miami University of Ohio, Bachelor of Arts
  • Michigan State College of Law, Juris Doctor

Affiliations & Industry Recognition:

  • Rising Star for Michigan – 2020
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star – 2019
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM)
  • Member of the National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center
  • State Bar of Michigan

Contact Smith Blythe

At Smith Blythe, PC, our Michigan attorneys have been defending the rights of the accused for a combined 25+ years. Our team is dedicated to pursuing justice on behalf of those who are facing the most heinous allegations. We know how to protect your rights and will arm you with the strongest defense.

Get in touch with Smith Blythe P.C. today

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Contact Smith Blythe

At Smith Blythe, PC, our Michigan attorneys have been defending the rights of the accused for a combined 25+ years. Our team is dedicated to pursuing justice on behalf of those who are facing the most heinous allegations. We know how to protect your rights and will arm you with the strongest defense.

Get in touch with Smith Blythe P.C. today

Are you a new client? Yes, I am a potential new client.No, I am a current existing client.I'm neither