About Molly Hiland Parmer

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When it comes to fighting the government, Molly Hiland Parmer is a natural. She believes that everyone – no matter what the government alleges they have done – deserves compassion, understanding, and a vigorous defense. She is tough, intelligent, and fearless, and was born to be a criminal defense attorney.

Her father, Skip Williamson, was an artist who rose to notoriety in the 1960s, known for his political cartoons and anarchist slogan, “Smash the State”.  From an early age, her parents taught her the dangers of over-criminalization and unfettered police power. She was encouraged to question authority, fight for rights, and defend individual liberties. These principles, instilled in her from the day she was born, continue to shape her view of the criminal justice system.

Though Molly grew up in a nontraditional setting with nonconformist parents, she always excelled in academics. She attended Georgia Tech on a scholarship and graduated with high honors, receiving a Bachelor of Science in 2004. After college, she earned a teaching certificate and taught special education in Atlanta Public Schools. She specialized in teaching students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities, which honed her interest in advocating for the underdog.

Molly was named a Robert Woodruff Fellow – the highest honor bestowed on an incoming student – at Emory University School of Law, where she received a full-tuition scholarship. She was the founding president of the Criminal Law Society, a member of Moot Court, and on the executive board of the Emory Public Interest Committee. She received a number of awards in law school, including Outstanding Oralist at the Duberstein International Moot Court competition in New York and the Dean’s Award for Criminal Litigation. She was also featured alongside a number of judges, politicians, and prominent attorneys in Advancing the Rule of Law: A Century of Excellence at Emory Law, a publication celebrating the school’s centennial anniversary.

Following law school, Molly took a job as an assistant public defender in DeKalb County, Georgia, where she represented thousands of clients on charges ranging from reckless driving to murder. She successfully defended cases in municipal, state, and superior court, and developed her skills in handling every type of proceeding, from first appearances to jury trials.

Molly joined the Federal Defender Program in the Northern District of Georgia as a trial attorney in 2015. There, she defended those accused of drug trafficking, international money laundering, war crimes, violations of human rights, firearms violations, immigration offenses, child pornography, and allegations of white collar crime, to name a few. In addition to federal trial experience, Molly also wrote appeals and presented oral argument in front of the 11th Circuit.

Molly is a graduate of the Bill Daniels Trial Academy, the National College of Criminal Defense, and the White Collar Crime College presented by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is an adjunct professor at Emory Law, where she teaches Advanced Criminal Trial Practice, and has presented seminars on criminal defense for Lawyers for Equal Justice and the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She presently serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Innocence Project and on the alumni board for Emory Law.

Molly opened Parmer Law in 2019 to provide skilled, knowledgeable, effective defense for clients facing any type of criminal charge. Whether you are fighting a traffic ticket or a serious federal felony, Molly brings tenacity and a wealth of experience to your side. She has handled nearly every type of criminal case in every type of court. Her familiarity with criminal practice and track record of excellence is only outweighed by her passion to defend the accused. Parmer Law embodies her devotion to her work and her long-held belief that everyone – no matter what they have been accused of – deserves the absolute best defense.

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